ATLANTA—Ancient China’s divinely inspired heritage portrayed by world-premiere Shen Yun Performing Arts sparked the attention of a financial analyst from Dubai who was visiting her sister in Atlanta.
Audra, the only name she gave, came with her two children to see the New York-based company perform at Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Aug. 21.
“I really enjoyed it,” she said. “It is very, very, very exciting for us to come and see a Chinese show, because my daughter and I were just walking in Atlantis Park when we saw the exhibition that they had there.”
The promotion drew their curiosity and they came to check out the live performance that has at heart to reawaken universal principles lost in the chaos of today’s society.
“We said okay why not just come and check it out but we really enjoyed it. It is a wonderful show,” Audra said.
Many audience members feel Shen Yun has a message for humanity.
“One message that really stuck out for me is that we are in this world for a purpose, it's just to be together and finally all of us—different cultures, different backgrounds, just need to come together and be a union. That's what I enjoyed the most.”
Audra and her children were seeing for the first time a classical Chinese dance and musical performance, they enjoyed experiencing a culture they had never been exposed to.
“We haven't been to China so we really don't know too much about it,” she said. “It helped us to learn more about the Chinese culture and just really enjoy the dance, the different ways of expressing themselves, and the stories behind each one of the dances. It was very exciting and the kids kept telling how they enjoyed it.”
Trademarks of the Shen Yun production include story-based dance by exquisitely costumes artists, 3-D animated digitally enhanced backdrops integrated to match a full orchestral ensemble, solo musicians and a trio of vocalists.
Audra said that seeing Shen Yun “was a very nice experience” for herself and her children on their visit to see family in Atlanta.
With reporting by Wade Yang.
Shen Yun Performing Arts will return for one show only on Sunday, September 12, at 7.00pm. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org