Epoch Times » Shen Yun On Tour http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2 National, World, China, Sports, Entertainment News Fri, 06 Jun 2014 18:16:51 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.2 Shen Yun ‘Very Enriching,’ Says Architect http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/shen-yun-very-enriching-says-architect-377146.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/shen-yun-very-enriching-says-architect-377146.html#comments Mon, 13 May 2013 05:28:20 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=377146 Anthony Liossis with friends enjoy Shen Yun Performing Arts at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theater on May 12. (Teresa Liu/The Epoch Times)

Anthony Liossis with friends enjoy Shen Yun Performing Arts at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theater on May 12. (Teresa Liu/The Epoch Times)

CHICAGO—“It’s very enriching. I think it’s just something different overall,” said Anthony Liossis at intermission during Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company’s performance at the Cadillac Palace Theater on May 12.

Shen Yun takes the audience through 5,000 years of culture from ancient times to the present, bringing to life beloved myths and legends.

Mr. Liossis, a freelance architect, commented on the vivid colors displayed in the performance, saying, “They are very brilliant.”

He enjoyed the stories told through the story-based dance, and particularly enjoyed the dance When Shaolin Monks Protected the Emperor, which he said was playful.

At the heart of a Shen Yun performance is dance, classical Chinese dance, and folk and ethnic dance. “Classical Chinese dance has its own training in basic skills, physical expression and postures, leaps, flips, spins and other difficult tumbling techniques, forming an extensive and independent dance system,” explains the Shen Yun website.

Classical Chinese dance has its own distinct dance system, and gymnastics and acrobatics came from this system.

“I like the acrobatics. I love when they leap and do the twists,” said Mr. Liossis, who comes from a Greek heritage and does Greek dancing.

Shen Yun’s performances also include bel canto style solo vocalists singing original pieces in Chinese, with both Chinese and English lyrics projected onto the digital backdrop.

According to the Shen Yun website: “The primary trait that distinguishes the singers of Shen Yun is their use of bel canto technique to sing Chinese text. This means that the singer must, while continuing to meet the challenges inherent in bel canto technique, retain proper Chinese pronunciation and diction.”

Mr. Liossis also enjoyed the solo vocalists. “It was very nice. I understood the lyrics on the screen, they were very touching,” he said.

He said he would recommend Shen Yun to his friends, “I have a lot of friends that were dancers and ballet dancers, so I would definitely recommend it.”

Reporting by Teresa Liu and Cat Rooney

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

 

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Dance Teacher to Re-Work Upcoming Dance After Seeing Shen Yun http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/dance-teacher-to-re-work-upcoming-dance-after-seeing-shen-yun-377073.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/dance-teacher-to-re-work-upcoming-dance-after-seeing-shen-yun-377073.html#comments Mon, 13 May 2013 04:10:55 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=377073 David Slocum and Caroline Brackett at Shen Yun Performing Arts on May 12 at The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater. (The Epoch Times)

David Slocum and Caroline Brackett at Shen Yun Performing Arts on May 12 at The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater. (The Epoch Times)

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—Two dance professionals enjoyed Shen Yun Performing Arts on May 12 at the Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater in Syracuse.

For David Slocum, one of the founding members of the CNY Ballet Company and a graduate of Manhattan’s Fashion Institute of Technology, Shen Yun was an entirely new experience. 

‘I’ve never seen anything like this,” he said. “It was beautiful.”

Mr. Slocum also studied with the Miami City Ballet, and teaches at Dance Centre North.

The dancers in Shen Yun, a New York-based company, are schooled in classical Chinese dance, an extremely expressive dance form that boasts a history of thousands of years.

“China’s deep cultural traditions are contained in classical Chinese dance, allowing its movements to be richly expressive, such that the personalities and feelings of characters can be portrayed with unparalleled clarity,” according to the company’s website. “It is therefore capable of depicting scenes from any time period, whether ancient or modern, Eastern or Western, in a strikingly vivid way.”

Mr. Slocum was impressed with Shen Yun dancers—among the world’s top performers of classical Chinese dance. The high level of dancing he witnessed shifted some of his plans.

“We have a show ourselves coming up soon, and I want to go home, and go to our students, and re-work some of our stuff,” he said.

Mr. Slocum also commented the virtues and principles from ancient China that Shen Yun seeks to convey—virtues such as a respect for the heavens, wisdom, sincerity, and compassion.

He said that he saw the spirituality intertwined throughout the performance, and from that he found a message of love and compassion. “It helps us to all remember to find it within ourselves, and share it with other people,” he said. “Just beautiful.”

Caroline Brackett, a dance educator for the West Genesee School District and a graduate of the Teachers College of Columbia University, accompanied Mr. Slocum to the performance, and was also enthralled, complimenting the dancers’ abilities.

“Their talent, their ability, their stability, their flexibility, their strength,” she said. “Their unison work was incredible. Just beautiful, really extraordinary.”

In addition to further describing the Shen Yun dancers as “totally amazing,” Ms. Brackett was also captivated by the overall design of the Shen Yun performance.

“The way it was put together—just extraordinary,” she said. “It was a real pleasure to be witness to this.”

Ms. Brackett found the intricately designed costumes adorning the dancers “stunning.”

The accompanying orchestra caught her attention, too, particularly the Shen Yun Orchestra’s hallmark arrangements that combine classical Western and Chinese instruments.

“They blend together and make beautiful, beautiful music,” she said.

Reporting by Hannah Cai and Zachary Stieber

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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Artist Enjoys Colors in Shen Yun http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/artist-enjoys-colors-in-shen-yun-377085.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/artist-enjoys-colors-in-shen-yun-377085.html#comments Mon, 13 May 2013 03:47:51 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=377085 Barbara Ketchum, Kim Stassi, and Robyn Smith at Shen Yun Performing Arts at The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater on May 12. (Aric Chen/The Epoch Times)

Barbara Ketchum, Kim Stassi, and Robyn Smith at Shen Yun Performing Arts at The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater on May 12. (Aric Chen/The Epoch Times)

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—Shen Yun Performing Arts graced the stage at The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater on May 12, delighting the audience with a revival of the oldest culture in the world.

Barbara Ketchum, an artist and owner of The Glass Palette, enjoyed the performance.

“I loved the costumes—the dancing was superb,” she said. “I loved everything. It was beautiful.”

Ms. Ketchum paints both abstract and still life, and said she particularly loved the colors in the performance. 

Shen Yun, a New York-based company, tours to more than 100 top cities around the world each year presenting a revival of the Chinese culture, which is 5,000 years old and was nearly decimated by the ruling communist regime. 

Classical Chinese dance is at the heart of a Shen Yun performance. Fields as diverse as gymnastics and acrobatics stem from the ancient and expressive dance form.

“Classical Chinese dance has its own set of training methods in basic skills and has strict training in both physical expression and specific postures,” explains the company’s website. “It also involves learning combinations of leaps, turns, flips, spins, and other aerial and tumbling techniques. It is a vast and independent system of dance.”

Ms. Ketchum said she was surprised to see how many disciplines stem from classical Chinese dance.

Kim Stassi, a broker’s assistant who accompanied Ms. Ketchum to the performance, said she appreciated the props and hand-tailored costumes in the performance, saying everything was very beautiful.

Robyn Smith, a nurse, accompanied both Ms. Stassi and Ms. Ketchum on May 12.

“The whole thing was beautiful,” she said. 

Reporting by Aric Chen and Zachary Stieber

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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Shen Yun Makes Former Deputy Commissioner ‘Feel like a new person’ http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/shen-yun-makes-former-deputy-commissioner-feel-like-a-new-person-377055.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/shen-yun-makes-former-deputy-commissioner-feel-like-a-new-person-377055.html#comments Mon, 13 May 2013 02:52:29 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=377055 Carol Smith's spirit was lifted at Shen Yun Performing Arts in Syracuse's Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater, on May 12. (Madalina Hubert/The Epoch Times)

Carol Smith's spirit was lifted at Shen Yun Performing Arts in Syracuse's Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater, on May 12. (Madalina Hubert/The Epoch Times)

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—“I feel like a new person,” said Carol Smith, former deputy commissioner of corrections, after seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts on May 12 at The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater.

New York-based Shen Yun tours the world reviving the ancient, 5,000-year-old Chinese culture.

“Shen Yun’s mini-drama pieces draw upon stories and legends that span China’s history from the Yellow Emperor and through the Tang and Song dynasties, and all the way to the modern day,” according to the company’s website.

Ms. Smith expressed wonder after the performance.

“I felt as if I was seeing a new world that I had never experienced before,” she said. “This just opens up your eyes to another culture, and you’re learning their culture as well as enjoying their dance. It’s a wonderful combination.”

The dancers in Shen Yun are schooled in classical Chinese dance, one of the most expressive dance forms in the world. Adorned with handmade costumes, they are accompanied by a unique orchestra, which deftly melds both classical Chinese and Western instruments.

“Ancient Chinese instruments such as the soul-stirring erhu and the delicate pipa lead the melody on top of a full orchestra of Western strings, percussion, woodwinds, and brass,” explains Shen Yun’s website. “The Western orchestra with its energy and grandeur, and the Chinese instruments with their distinct tones and styles, create a dramatic new sound.”

Ms. Smith’s first encounter with the orchestra was a memorable one.

“It lifts my spirit,” she said. “I’m absolutely changed by the music.”

The change, she said, was a profound one.

“I just feel as if nothing that happens to you isn’t possible to accomplish,” she said. “You can handle anything that comes your way, just by the spirit of the music and the dance. It’s philosophical.”

Reporting by Madalina Hubert and Zachary Stieber

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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Rich Chinese Culture in Shen Yun Connects with Professors http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/rich-chinese-culture-in-shen-yun-connects-with-professors-377096.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/rich-chinese-culture-in-shen-yun-connects-with-professors-377096.html#comments Mon, 13 May 2013 02:14:27 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=377096 Dr. Susan Scharoun with her daughter Elisabeth and Dr. Susan Hynds at Shen Yun Performing Arts On May 12 at The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater. (Gary Du/The Epoch TImes)

Dr. Susan Scharoun with her daughter Elisabeth and Dr. Susan Hynds at Shen Yun Performing Arts On May 12 at The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater. (Gary Du/The Epoch TImes)

SYRACUSE, N.Y.–The rich, ancient Chinese culture was nearly lost to mankind after decades of communist rule.

Shen Yun Performing Arts formed to revive this ancient and divinely-inspired culture, touring top venues around the world, presenting the culture through ethnic and folk dances as well as myths and legends from China’s vast cultural lexicon.

On May 12 at the The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater, the audience could see the history through classical Chinese dance, an accompanying orchestra that features both classical Western and Chinese instruments, digital backdrops, and hand-tailored costumes.

Dr. Susan Scharoun, a psychology professor at Le Moyne College, was among the audience, with her 17-year-old adopted daughter Elisabeth, who arrived in the United States from China when she was less than a year old.

“I think it’s wonderful just how ‘classic’ it is,” said Dr. Scharoun of Shen Yun. “I’m really starting to understand a lot of the history of China through the dance.”

The culture was over the years impacted by the three religions of Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism.

“Under the influence of these faiths, Chinese culture has spawned a rich and profound system of values,” explains Shen Yun’s website. “The concepts of ‘man and nature must be in balance,’ ‘respect the heavens to know one’s destiny,’ and the five cardinal virtues of benevolence, righteousness, propriety, wisdom, and faithfulness (ren yi li zhi xin) are all products of these three religions’ teachings.”

Dr. Scharoun said she was finding the relationship between the spirituality and the culture very fascinating.

Her daughter Elisabeth also enjoyed the cultural presentation. “I feel I can understand more of China and relate to it more,” she said. “I really loved it.”

While Shen Yun transports the audience across time—to different dynasties and eras—and space—across the country, showing different ethnicities—several dances portray the situation in modern China, including the persecution of Falun Dafa, a meditation practice based on truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance.

The practice “has helped over a hundred million Chinese people understand and return to the essence of traditional Chinese culture—Confucian, Buddhist, and Taoist schools of thought,” according to Shen Yun’s website. Yet the Chinese Communist Party has been violently trying to eradicate the group since 1999; and yet, the practitioners have held firm to their beliefs and peacefully exposed countless injustices done against them. 

“Their spirit of compassion and tolerance manifest the very essence of China’s 5,000-year-old divine culture,” explains Shen Yun’s website.

Dr. Susan Hynds, professor emeritus at Syracuse University’s School of Education, who accompanied Dr. Scharoun and her daughter to the performance, was struck by one of the dance pieces, in which a man and his daughter who are visiting China undergo an ordeal after being in the wrong place at the wrong time. As they decide take a stance against the injustice they witness, they also face being persecuted. 

“I thought that was very interesting, and quite brave of this performance, to be talking about those issues,” said Dr. Hynds. 

Dr. Scharoun also appreciated the colors in the performance: “The different colors are not typically seen together here, and they’re just gorgeous.” 

Dr. Hynds loved the traditional instruments in the orchestra and the digital backdrops. “It’s just wonderful, in every way,” she said.

“It’s spectacular,” said Dr. Scharoun. She said she hopes Shen Yun returns to Syracuse.

Reporting by Gary Du and Zachary Stieber

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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Writer Sees ‘Joy’ and ‘Warmth in Shen Yun http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/writer-sees-joy-and-warmth-in-shen-yun-377112.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/writer-sees-joy-and-warmth-in-shen-yun-377112.html#comments Mon, 13 May 2013 01:34:19 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=377112
John Pennisi Sr. with his wife Linda and their son John Jr. at Shen Yun Performing Arts at The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater Sunday night. (Aric Chen/The Epoch Times)

John Pennisi Sr. with his wife Linda and their son John Jr. at Shen Yun Performing Arts at The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater Sunday night. (Aric Chen/The Epoch Times)

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—Shen Yun Performing Arts presented a revival of the 5,000-year-old Chinese culture at the The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater Sunday night.

Linda Pennisi, creative writing program director and visiting assistant professor at Le Moyne College, and who has also published several books of poems, enjoyed the performance with her husband John Pennisi Sr.

Ms. Pennisi particularly enjoyed the Mongolian Bowl Dance, in which Mongolian women emerge from tents on the northern grasslands balancing bowls on their heads. This is one of multiple ethnic and folk dances featured in Shen Yun.

The New York-based company tours the world using the arts as a means to present the ancient culture. Classical Chinese dance is at the heart of the performance; the dancers, adorned with handmade costumes, are accompanied by a unique orchestra and digital backdrops.

Ms. Pennisi said she saw themes of “joy and openness and warmth” in the performance.

Mr. Pennisi, owner of Medical Management Resources, said he saw those themes and also resilience and togetherness, as well as teamwork.

The Syracuse performance was Shen Yun’s final performance for the 2013 season.

Reporting by Aric Chen and Zachary Stieber

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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Music Teacher: Shen Yun Orchestra ‘Elegant’ and ‘Peaceful’ http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/music-teacher-shen-yun-orchestra-elegant-and-peaceful-377061.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/music-teacher-shen-yun-orchestra-elegant-and-peaceful-377061.html#comments Mon, 13 May 2013 00:56:11 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=377061 John Gerber and Catherine Koch enjoy the Shen Yun Orchestra at Syracuse's Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater, on May 12. (Madalina Hubert/The Epoch Times)

John Gerber and Catherine Koch enjoy the Shen Yun Orchestra at Syracuse's Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater, on May 12. (Madalina Hubert/The Epoch Times)

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—Catherine Koch, vocal music teacher at Fayetteville Manlius Schools, was pleasantly surprised by the tenors and sopranos in Shen Yun Performing Arts.

Shen Yun’s vocalists use the bel canto technique, while retaining Chinese pronunciation and diction. “Today, their ability to do this is unparalleled,” according to the company’s website.

Ms. Koch said the singing was “powerful” and said she hadn’t heard the style used by Chinese singers before. “That was really awesome,” she said. “I loved it.”

The singers perform solos accompanied by a pianist, featured between sets of dance pieces.

Ms. Koch has been teaching music for 24 years at the six schools in the school district. Her experience includes creating a brand new song celebrating the history of Manlius, which was performed by students at Eagle Hill Middle School. She is a graduate of Bucknell University and Syracuse University.

Shen Yun is a New York-based company traversing the globe with one mission—to revive the ancient, divinely-inspired Chinese culture.

Accompanying the dancers in Shen Yun is a unique and fresh orchestra, which combined both classical Western and Chinese instruments, such as the pipa (Chinese lute); dizi (bamboo flute); and different sized gongs.

“While each of the Chinese instruments differs greatly in character, their interactions produce euphonious sounds that may surprise the listener,” explains Shen Yun’s website. “In fact, the emotions that these instruments are capable of invoking are as refined and subtle as they are complex. Through the performer’s technical excellence and emotive expression, any human emotion can be depicted.”

Ms. Koch said she loved the orchestral music.

“It’s just elegant, and peaceful, and it’s beautiful,” she said.

John Gerber, a retired attorney who accompanied Ms. Koch to the May 12 performance at The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater, found one Chinese instrument particularly intriguing—the erhu, or two-stringed Chinese violin. The erhu has a history nearly as long as the 5,000-year-old Chinese culture.

“To me it’s mournful and beautiful, and it stirs up emotion—all kinds” he said. “Brings your emotions to the fore, because of its beauty.”

Reporting by Madalina Hubert and Zachary Stieber

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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Chinese Family Gets Chance to See Shen Yun Live http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/chinese-family-gets-chance-to-see-shen-yun-live-377141.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/chinese-family-gets-chance-to-see-shen-yun-live-377141.html#comments Sun, 12 May 2013 23:33:08 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=377141 Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company's curtain call at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theater, on May 11.(The Epoch Times)

Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company's curtain call at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theater, on May 11.(The Epoch Times)

CHICAGO—Mrs. Gao, a recent arrival to the United States from China and currently studying at a university in Chicago, took her daughter and son to see the last performance by Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company at the Cadillac Palace Theater on the afternoon on May 12, 2013. It was their first time seeing the performance, and they agreed that not only was it an extraordinary, it was also very beautiful.

Mrs. Gao repeatedly said the performance was “very good, very good, and the costumes were likewise lovely.”

Shen Yun, based in New York, presents traditional Chinese music and dance and cannot be seen in China. The Communist regime there systematically destroyed the longstanding beliefs and culture under its long rule.

The family explained how they once watched a Shen Yun DVD brought in by a co-worker. Nonetheless, they were still in awe after having seen it in person.

Mrs. Gao deeply appreciated many aspects of the performance. She said “The orchestra was great! The dancing was excellent. The singing was also awesome.”

Shen Yun depicts ancient stories, legends, and actual history via classical Chinese dance. The program is rounded out by folk dances, and by world-class singers.

The dance-drama Journey to the West greatly touched Mrs. Gao. The last program “Divine Mercy,” likewise generated praise from Mrs. Gao, saying “Very good. Very good.”

Mrs. Gao’s daughter added, “I believe the performance was amazing. The colors of the costumes meshed so well, as the colors themselves were especially brilliant.” She said cheerfully “the story of Yang Zhi and His Sabre was also very fascinating.”

Mrs. Gao said they were especially fond of the program Phoenix Fairies, where the blue color of the costumes was exceptionally vivid.

They strongly agreed that Shen Yun has done something very special by reviving the ancient Chinese culture.

When asked about the program An Unexpected Encounter, which shows the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China, Mrs. Gao said “This was only a glimpse. What’s shown was not even close to the entire story.” They said they were fully aware of the persecution of Falun Gong in China.

Falun Gong practitioners live out the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance, but have been targeted by the Chinese regime since 1999.

The portrayal of ancient wisdom in the performance, that of good and evil coming with its own reward, could not be more accurate for Mrs. Gao and her children. Mrs. Gao’s daughter was very forthcoming in her remarks, saying, “This is what’s right.”

They said that they would definitely recommend the performance to friends if given the opportunity.

Reporting by Liu Xiaodai

Read original Chinese article.

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‘Definitely worth coming,’ Neurosurgeon Says of Shen Yun http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/definitely-worth-coming-neurosurgeon-says-of-shen-yun-377137.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/definitely-worth-coming-neurosurgeon-says-of-shen-yun-377137.html#comments Sun, 12 May 2013 23:23:09 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=377137 Dr. Authur Ostrowski enjoys Shen Yun Performing Arts at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theater, on May 12. (Xiao Ding/The Epoch Times)

Dr. Authur Ostrowski enjoys Shen Yun Performing Arts at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theater, on May 12. (Xiao Ding/The Epoch Times)

CHICAGO—“I loved the dancing. I love the colors,” Dr. Authur Ostrowski said of the May 12 performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company at the Cadillac Palace Theater.

Shen Yun takes the audience through 5,000 years of culture from ancient times to the present—beloved myths, legends, and history. The New York-based company does so by way of story-based dances, folk and ethnic dances, music, and vocal soloists.

Dr. Ostrowski, a neurosurgeon, stated he loved the piece with the ogre that began as a fish. According to the program guide, the dance portrays the redemption of a shape-shifting river ogre. “I liked all the sketches, … the way the choreography was done, the way the actors seem to go into the backdrop. … That was very well done,” he said.

He described the dance When Shaolin Monks Protected the Emperor as very beautiful.

Another dance among his favorites was An Unexpected Encounter, where tourists, a father and daughter, become caught up in the persecution of Falun Gong in China. They encounter Falun Gong practitioners bravely holding a banner that reads, “Truthfulness, Compassion, Tolerance,” when they are all attacked and thrown in jail by the police.

“I think it was very well done … done tastefully. … I enjoyed that piece very much,” Dr. Ostrowski said. He was also impressed by how the storyline continued toward a positive outcome.

Along with the story-based dances, Shen Yun has a full orchestra and songs sung in an opera style by award-winning vocalists.

“The primary trait that distinguishes the singers of Shen Yun is their use of bel canto technique to sing Chinese text. This means that the singer must, while continuing to meet the challenges inherent in bel canto technique, retain proper Chinese pronunciation and diction,” the Shen Yun website states.

Dr. Ostrowski said that the vocalists were very good: “Very good at carrying the voice, and the soprano was my favorite, very strong voice and carried very well. It was a beautiful presentation. The pianist was very good.”

The lyrics of the four opera-style pieces appear projected in English and Chinese for the audience to follow. Dr. Ostrowski noted that the songs were “very good, too, interesting.

“The story was interesting—definitely worth coming,” he said.

By Xiao Ding and Cat Rooney

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.

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Shen Yun, ‘It’s quite an experience!’ Says Chicago Surgeon http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/it-s-quite-an-experience-says-chicago-surgeon-377031.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/it-s-quite-an-experience-says-chicago-surgeon-377031.html#comments Sun, 12 May 2013 22:51:00 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=377031 Dr. Robert Gasior enjoys Shen Yun Performing Arts at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre, on Sunday, May 12. (Valerie Avore/The Epoch Times)

Dr. Robert Gasior enjoys Shen Yun Performing Arts at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre, on Sunday, May 12. (Valerie Avore/The Epoch Times)

CHICAGO—”It’s superb, it’s excellent!” said Dr. Robert Gasior. The cardiovascular surgeon expressed his appreciation after seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, Sunday, May 12.

Shen Yun’s mission is to bring to the world a lost treasure, 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture through the universal language of dance and music.

“I think that’s an excellent format, it really gives you some insight as to what the program is evolving into from the beginning to the end,” said Dr. Gasior.

He was impressed by the opening number, Descending to the World, and said, “It was superb, I thought everything—was quite excellent.”

The performances of classical Chinese dance particularly resonated with Dr. Gasior, as he had spent time in Asia. “It’s superb, it’s excellent especially because I spent some time in South East Asia in the military, I have a little more appreciation for this culture, so it’s exciting and the discipline of the choreography and the technicality of the performance is superb!”

An integral part of the performances is the Shen Yun Orchestra, which has been highly praised by audience members world-wide. Dr. Gasior said, “Outstanding! They are so perfectly synchronized, expert.”

“In less than ten minutes each, Shen Yun dances recount ancient myths, bygone heroes, or celestial paradises,” explains the company’s website. “Whether set in the past or in contemporary China, every dance embodies traditional Chinese values. Ideals of loyalty, filial piety, and veneration for the divine are cherished and celebrated. Heroes are extolled for their compassion and tolerance as much as their courage or determination when facing adversity.”

He felt that the ideals portrayed in Shen Yun could benefit society, and said, “I think we’ve lost a lot of discipline in terms of morality in our rules and regulations about kindness to others and what our priorities in life are.”

Dr. Gasior said he would recommend Shen Yun to his friends and colleagues. “I would recommend. It’s superb and a great experience, especially for the younger members of our society. It’s quite an experience!”

Reporting by Valerie Avore and Jeanmarie Lunsford

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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Shen Yun on Mother’s Day http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/shen-yun-on-mother-s-day-377048.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/shen-yun-on-mother-s-day-377048.html#comments Sun, 12 May 2013 22:41:06 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=377048 Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company's curtain call at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theater, on May 11. (The Epoch Times)

Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company's curtain call at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theater, on May 11. (The Epoch Times)

CHICAGO—Five ladies were treated to 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture when they saw Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company, the premier classical Chinese dance and music company, perform at the Cadillac Palace on Mother’s Day, May 12.

“For Mother’s Day, I decided to bring my mom and my aunts. It was very nice,” said Maria Stover, about Shen Yun’s matinee performance.

Today’s performance is the last, this season, for the New York’s Company’s 2013 World Tour.

Shen Yun’s mission is to revive traditional Chinese culture through dance, music, and song. The corner stone of Shen Yun is story-based dance, classical Chinese dance and traditional ethnic dance.

This was the first time seeing the New York-based Shen Yun for Ms. Stover, a spa owner, Oxygen Spa Studio, and her guests.

A full orchestra accompanies each performance with original music, and a unique sound combining traditional Western and Eastern instruments.

“I love it, the whole music was wonderful,” Ms. Stover said. “Usually I go with my husband to different performances, classical music, but this was great, very, very nice, the music, the costumes, the colors. Everything so bright, so rich.”

One of the other ladies, Amelia Chaidz, agreed with Ms. Stover that the performance was great. “I loved all the costumes; the music was great, and very colorful.”

Anna Chaidz, Amelia’s sister-in-law, concurred. “It was really wonderful, very nice.”

Lydia Zuniga said it was very nice too.

“It’s nice, wonderful! I like it. I’ve never been before, it’s my first time. I liked it a lot,” said another one of the ladies, Maria Zuniga. “It’s wonderful for me. I never imagined something like this.”

Ms. Stover was impressed that Shen Yun tours each year with a whole new program. “I am interested in coming next year,” she said.

Reporting by Valerie Avore and Cat Rooney

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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Retired Company President: Shen Yun ‘It was fantastic’ http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/retired-company-president-shen-yun-it-was-fantastic-377050.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/retired-company-president-shen-yun-it-was-fantastic-377050.html#comments Sun, 12 May 2013 22:03:56 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=377050

CHICAGO—Bob and Janice Wille thoroughly enjoyed seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company, the premier classical Chinese dance and music company, performing at the Cadillac Palace Theater on May 12.

Shen Yun’s mission is to revive 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture through story-based dance, music, and vocal soloists.

“It was fantastic,” said Mr. Wille, a retired company president. “Excellent. They were very, very coordinated, and the color and everything was very, very nice.”

Mrs. Wille, a retired optician, said that Shen Yun was magnificent, and the dancers were marvelous.

Shen Yun travels with its own renowned orchestra. The music is original and the sound unique with the combination of traditional Western and Eastern instruments.

Mr. Wille also enjoyed the Shen Yun Orchestra: “I would rate it very highly.”

“It was an interesting combination of the different instruments, [and that] is what I really liked,” his wife added.

Besides classical Chinese dance and music, Shen Yun is known for its colorful costumes and the state-of-the-art digital backdrops.

The Wille’s liked the colors very much. “They were outstanding colors,” said Mr. Willie. “I thought the color mix was good.”

The dancers twirl handkerchiefs evoking the annual change of seasons in the northeastern folk dance An Early Spring. Audience members often mention being amazed at the motions of the handkerchiefs and wonder how it is done.

Mr. Wille said: “I want to know how they take those cloths, those handkerchiefs, and make them spin around.”

Shen Yun takes the audience through 5,000 years of culture, from ancient times, with its beloved myths and legends, through to the present day.

“It was exciting to see all of the performers, the colors and the music. It was all great,” Mr. Wille concluded.

Reporting by Teresa Liu and Cat Rooney

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.


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Gaining a New Understanding of Chinese Culture Through Watching Shen Yun http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/gaining-a-new-understanding-of-chinese-culture-through-watching-shen-yun-377095.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/gaining-a-new-understanding-of-chinese-culture-through-watching-shen-yun-377095.html#comments Sun, 12 May 2013 21:58:14 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=377095 Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company's curtain call at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theater, on May 11. (The Epoch Times)

Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company's curtain call at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theater, on May 11. (The Epoch Times)

CHICAGO—Husband and wife psychologists were impressed by Shen Yun Performing Arts, performing at the Cadillac Palace Theater in Chicago on May 11.

Mary Pribyl, a psychologist in the Glenview area, said she was most impressed with the dance Sand Monk is Blessed, a classic story from the Journey to the West.

Joe Pribyl said, “One of the things I noticed was the incredible precision of the dancers and the discipline so that they do things exactly the way they planned.”

New York-based Shen Yun’s productions draws its inspiration from China’s 5,000 years of civilization, including values such as compassion, loyalty, kindness, and bravery.

Both felt like they gained a new understanding of Chinese culture after watching Shen Yun.

Mr. Pribyl said he learned that there is a long tradition of saving and presenting Chinese culture.

Mrs. Pribyl commented on a dance that told the story of persecution in present-day China where Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong), a traditional, self-cultivation practice, is being persecuted by the communist regime, saying that it gave her a better understanding of the issue.

“I heard about it [Falun Gong], but I didn’t know much about it. I just knew there was a group of Falun Gong that was being persecuted in China, so seeing the dance kind of gives you an idea that they’re a very peaceful people that … [they] have strong values and are being persecuted by the government. Very impressive. Sad, but impressive,” she said.

Reporting by Stacey Tang and Maureen Zebian

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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The Spirituality is ‘Thought Provoking’ http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/the-spirituality-is-thought-provoking-377052.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/the-spirituality-is-thought-provoking-377052.html#comments Sun, 12 May 2013 21:21:12 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=377052 Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company's curtain call at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theater, on May 11.(The Epoch Times)

Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company's curtain call at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theater, on May 11.(The Epoch Times)

CHICAGO—The spirituality was one of the things Jim Nelson, an artist and illustrator, really liked about Shen Performing Arts New York Company’s performance at the Cadillac Palace Theater on Sunday afternoon, May 12. “It’s just thought provoking,” he said.

Shen Yun’s mission is to revive the divinely inspired traditional Chinese culture through dance, music, and song. The corner stone of a Shen Yun performance is story-based dance, and classical Chinese and ethnic dance.

“I think it’s really terrific so far,” said Mr. Nelson at intermission. “I really like the costumes. I love the stories behind the performances, like the mythology and some of the sentiment behind some of them.”

As an artist, and having an eye for color, he said he loved the colors in Shen Yun. “It’s wonderful, especially the color in motion too. I was commenting to my sister that I loved the long sleeves in some of the dances, and they use them to create motion and emotion,” he said.

“The costumes themselves are really beautiful, and there is a great variety of them too,” Mr. Nelson explained. “I assume they each reflect a different aspect of Chinese culture and history. … It seems like they put some serious thought into it.”

According to Shen Yun’s website: “Every detail is given meticulous attention and is a result of artistic inspiration and careful polishing. Their objective is an authentic presentation of the attire that comes from China’s divinely inspired traditional culture.”

“What I know of the spirituality of Chinese culture, I think it is something we could use more of in the world now, because to me it seems to be much more about treating each other right and finding inner-peace,” Mr. Nelson said.

After seeing Shen Yun, Mr. Nelson said he would tell his friends, “To go see it!”

Reporting by Teresa Liu and Cat Rooney

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.


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Shen Yun Is an ‘Unexpected Mixture’ of ‘Spirituality, Music, and Entertainment,’ Says Vaccine Specialist http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/shen-yun-is-an-unexpected-mixture-of-spirituality-music-and-entertainment-says-vaccine-specialist-377013.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/shen-yun-is-an-unexpected-mixture-of-spirituality-music-and-entertainment-says-vaccine-specialist-377013.html#comments Sun, 12 May 2013 21:09:01 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=377013 Adriana and Danie Perez attend Shen Yun Performing Arts at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theater, on May 11. (Catherine Wen/The Epoch Times)

Adriana and Danie Perez attend Shen Yun Performing Arts at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theater, on May 11. (Catherine Wen/The Epoch Times)

CHICAGO—The grace and wisdom of ancient Chinese legends sprang to life at the Cadillac Palace Theater this weekend, as the world renowned Shen Yun Performing Arts took the Chicago stage.

According to theatergoer Adriana Perez, the performance was an “unexpected mixture” of “spirituality, music, and entertainment.”

Mrs. Perez, a senior vaccine specialist and Director of Marketing for A to Z Pediatric and Youth Health Care, attended the show with her husband, Daniel Perez, a pediatrician.

A piece standing out for her was Sewing the Flowers of Heaven. The performance depicts celestial maidens tossing and spinning brightly colored silk circles symbolizing blessings for mankind.

“I thought that was really interesting,” she said. “It was very beautiful and very enjoyable.”

The couple remarked about the spiritual aspects of the show—qualities that they say are lacking in most contemporary entertainment.

“We’re deeply spiritual, so I thought that was nice,” Mrs. Perez said. “Here in the American culture they remove so much spirituality from entertainment. It was very nice to see how it’s embraced here.”

The mission of New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts is to revive the 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture. In addition to portraying ancient legends, performers utilize the same classical dance and storytelling techniques to shed light modern China as well, especially the Chinese Communist regime’s persecution of Falun Gong practitioners.

“I think that was something we hear in the media about the persecution,” said Mr. Perez. “We were surprised it was displayed and portrayed in a performance like this.”

Although Chinese culture is the artistic foundation for Shen Yun, ironically the show cannot be seen in China. Traditional customs are already a touchy subject for the ruling communist party, but with some parts of the Shen Yun performance shining a bright light on the government’s brutal persecution of Falun Gong, Chinese officials have gone to great lengths to silence the show.

Falun Gong practitioners uphold the age-old virtues of truthfulness, compassion and tolerance.

“I was just saying to my wife, I don’t think this show will be playing in China,” Mr. Perez said.

Mrs. Perez seemed pleased that a dance performance had the courage to tackle such an important issue. “I think, sometimes, that what happens in China stays in China,” she said. “We really don’t see it.”

Reporting by Catherine Wen and Conan Milner

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Shen Yun Soloist Is ‘Powerful, beautiful’ http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/shen-yun-soloist-is-powerful-beautiful-and-never-heard-a-voice-like-that-377042.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/shen-yun-soloist-is-powerful-beautiful-and-never-heard-a-voice-like-that-377042.html#comments Sun, 12 May 2013 19:34:22 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=377042
Barbara McGoldrick enjoys Shen Yun Performing Arts at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre, Sunday, on May 12. (Teresa Liu/The Epoch Times)

Barbara McGoldrick enjoys Shen Yun Performing Arts at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre, Sunday, on May 12. (Teresa Liu/The Epoch Times)

CHICAGO—”The colors and the dancing just—beautiful!” Barbara McGoldrick enthusiastically exclaimed. The retired interior designer had just attended the afternoon presentation of Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, Sunday, May 12.

“In a series of story-based performances, Shen Yun recounts ancient myths, bygone heroes, or celestial paradises,” explains the company’s website.

“I just thought the whole production and how they presented it—with the backdrops and [how they] went into the screen—I thought that was just beautiful. The colors the costumes, the singing, everything,” said Ms. McGoldrick

She explained that she had missed Shen Yun when it traveled to Chicago before, but made sure to see the New York-based show this time. “It caught my eye. It was just fabulous! I thoroughly enjoyed it. I missed it several times, but decided I wasn’t going to miss it this time!”

As an interior designer she was amazed by the colors. “Oh, just vibrant! In fact I said, to my friend … I’ve never seen colors so vibrant, the combination, absolutely beautiful.”

Shen Yun travels the world on a mission to revive a lost treasure, 5,000 years of China’s divinely inspired culture through the universal language of dance and music.

The stories resonated with Ms. McGoldrick. She said, “I thought they were real sweet. Yes very nice.”

She was touched by the opening performance, Descending to the World. “The first one, of course, you’re starstruck by it all. The dancing and the color was pink, there are those colors again.”

Ms. McGoldrick explained that she heard every word and note sung. “I normally wear hearing aids, I took them out. In fact, I took them out for the whole performance.”

“But [one of the vocal soloist's] voice I have never heard a voice like that. Powerful, beautiful … that’s the one the word I would use just “beautiful”, and the whole thing, very lovely.”

Reporting by Teresa Liu and Jeanmarie Lunsford

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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Rhode Islanders Find Chicago Shen Yun ‘Soothing’ http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/rhode-islanders-find-chicago-shen-yun-soothing-377024.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/rhode-islanders-find-chicago-shen-yun-soothing-377024.html#comments Sun, 12 May 2013 13:57:20 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=377024

CHICAGO—“It’s a very peaceful show! It’s culturally rich, it’s soothing, it’s relaxing, as well as very entertaining,” said Jonathan Marchetti, about the performance by Shen Yun Performing Arts that he, his wife, and sister-in-law had just seen.

Mr. Marchetti and his wife, Pam, had traveled from Rhode Island for Pam’s sister’s graduation.
“I graduated from UIC (University of Illinois at Chicago) yesterday, from a graduate program,” said Hewes, a nurse in Rhode Island. She just completed her Masters in Science in Patient Safety Leadership, and plans to be a senior risk management coordinator for a hospital organization.

All three saw Shen Yun at the Cadillac Palace Theater on May 11.

Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company, based in New York, brings traditional music and dance to the world with three companies that tour simultaneously. It aims to restore 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture.

“It’s a culture that’s over 5,000 years old, so they are very at peace—one with the land, one with nature. I could feel that, I could sense that,” said Mr. Marchetti, who works for Fidelity Investments.

“I think there is a lot of lessons and stories to be told,” Hewes said. “It is very interesting and the music is very peaceful.”

Shen Yun tours with a full orchestra, which combines both Western and Chinese instruments.

“I know we’ve used the word soothing quite a bit here, but, it feels nice to just sit here and learn a little something about the culture but at the same time watch the talent displayed up there. It’s amazing,” Mrs. Marcetti said.

Mrs. Marchetti is also a nurse, and she owns a consulting company, Triad Health Care, for nursing homes in Rhode Island.

At the heart of the performance is classical Chinese dance, a uniquely expressive dance form, which allows for mini-dramas of China’s culture through myths, legends and actual history.

“We were both acrobats when we were young, so this has just been really fascinating. Yes, we like it a lot,” said Hewe, alluding to the difficult leaps and tumbling methods in classical Chinese dance from which acrobatics and gymnastics were born.

“We have the show in Rhode Island, but we didn’t get a chance to see it,” Mrs. Marchetti explained. “So, we thought it would be a good opportunity to see it here in Chicago. I love it. It’s very elegant. It’s very inspiring—motivational. It tells a nice story. Yeah, it’s beautiful,” she said.

The sisters both commented on the beauty and modesty of the costumes. “Things are very formal,” said Hewe, in reference to the costumes. “They are not exposing themselves. The costumes are beautiful.”

Echoing that statement, Mrs. Marchetti elaborated: “They don’t show a lot of skin,” she said laughing. “And I think it’s nice. The costumes are beautiful. .. it just makes you feel that you can come here and just be at peace watching something beautiful. Yeah, it’s very nice.”

Mrs. Marchetti found the performance motivating. “I find it motivational primarily because I think the dancers are inspiring. It’s not something you see every day.”

Reporting by Valerie Avore and on Sharon Kilarski

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The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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Health Care Consultant Enjoys Shen Yun’s Energy http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/health-care-consultant-enjoys-shen-yuns-energy-377037.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/health-care-consultant-enjoys-shen-yuns-energy-377037.html#comments Sun, 12 May 2013 12:31:44 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=377037

CHICAGO—“It’s very, very novel for me,” Franco Ferraro said of the Shen Yun performance at the Cadillac Palace on Saturday evening, May 11.

It was the first time Mr. Ferraro had seen Shen Yun, the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company.

Shen Yun’s mission is to bring to life, through dance and music, the beauty, splendor, and values of the traditional, divinely inspired Chinese culture.

“A performance by Shen Yun is a presentation of traditional Chinese culture as it once was: a study in grace, wisdom, and the virtues distilled from the five millennia of Chinese civilization,” the Shen Yun website states.

“I like the Chinese culture the way that they are presenting [it],” said Mr. Ferraro, a health care consultant. “I like the energy, and I like all the messages they are providing us through this [performance],” he said of Shen Performing Arts New York Company, one of Shen Yun’s three companies.

“Chinese dance is at the heart of what Shen Yun does. Known for its incredible flips and spins, and its gentle elegance, it is one of the most rigorous and expressive art forms in the world,” according to the Shen Yun website.

Shen Yun is also known for its use of colors in the dancers’ costumes, its unique digital backdrops, the combination of Western and Eastern instruments in the orchestral music, and its award-winning vocal soloists.

Margherita Ferraro, on the administrative staff for the Italian Consulate, liked the colors of the performance the best. She also liked the female dancers: “I like the girls. They are really pretty. I like just the way they move, the way they move [their] feet in particular without moving the body. It’s very different.”

Mr. Ferraro remarked on the dance When Shaolin Monks Protected the Emperor. “The Shaolin section was really gorgeous,” he said. The dance tells the legend of the soon-to-be ruler of the Tang Dynasty and the Shaolin monks—how it came to be that they are allowed to eat meat, which is usually a taboo food for monks.

“You need to be calm, relaxed, and think about yourself. Forget for a second the life around you, which is much too stressful, and enjoy life,” Mr. Ferraro said, reflecting on the evening’s experience.

Reporting by Xiao Chen and Cat Rooney

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

 

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Shen Yun Makes Attendees ‘Appreciate art and music even more’ http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/shen-yun-makes-attendees-appreciate-art-and-music-even-more-377020.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/shen-yun-makes-attendees-appreciate-art-and-music-even-more-377020.html#comments Sun, 12 May 2013 11:24:33 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=377020 Ron and Ellie Gunther enjoy Shen Yun Performing Arts at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theater, on May 11. (Stacey Tang/The Epoch Times)

Ron and Ellie Gunther enjoy Shen Yun Performing Arts at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theater, on May 11. (Stacey Tang/The Epoch Times)

CHICAGO—“Too bad [Shen Yun] is only here three days,” said retired production manager Ron Gunther, it “should be here longer.” Mr. Gunther had just seen Shen Yun Performing Arts New York company on the very last stop of its worldwide tour.

“It was very delightful, very, very enjoyable. Couldn’t been much better,” said Mr. Gunther, who had worked as a production manager for both ABC and CBS. He and his wife attended the Saturday night, May 11 performance at the Cadillac Palace Theater.

Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company, based in New York, brings traditional music and dance to the world with three companies that tour simultaneously. It aims to restore 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture.

In voice that was filled with enthusiasm, Ellie Gunther said: “It was better than I had expected; it was beautiful, and it just lifted your spirits.” Mrs. Gunther worked in special events for the Field Museum before her retirement.

“It just makes me appreciate art and music even more,” she said.

“They’re very good dancers and singers, extremely well done,” Mr. Gunther said.

Shen Yun brings about 100 performers wherever they travel. Most are either dancers or orchestra members. However the program also includes award-winning soloists and instrumentalists.

Mr. Gunther also enjoyed the digitally animated backdrop that interacts with the performers. “That was very, very well done. And a surprise, so I think I probably enjoyed that the most at the beginning,” he said.

“I’ve always loved it and enjoyed it, Mrs. Gunther said, speaking of Chinese culture. “Graceful people, sincere people, and they don’t walk, they float.”

Shen Yun’s female dancers, experts at classical Chinese dance, are often described as floating when they walk across the stage.

“True,” Mr. Gunther agreed with his wife’s description. “It is just totally wonderful, and anybody who’s involved with this should be very happy and very proud.”

Reporting by Stacey Tang and on Sharon Kilarski

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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Circuit Court Judge Says Shen Yun Imparts ‘A Powerful Lesson’ http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/circuit-court-judge-says-shen-yun-imparts-a-powerful-lesson-377003.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/circuit-court-judge-says-shen-yun-imparts-a-powerful-lesson-377003.html#comments Sun, 12 May 2013 09:28:12 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=377003 Maxine White and Leonard Martin enjoy Shen Yun Performing Arts at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theater, on May 11. (Courtesy of NTD Television)

Maxine White and Leonard Martin enjoy Shen Yun Performing Arts at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theater, on May 11. (Courtesy of NTD Television)

CHICAGO—Maxine White, deputy chief judge of the Milwaukee County Circuit Court, said that Shen Yun Performing Arts was “very touching” and “very moving.”

“It’s a universal story of love, and redemption and justice,” Ms. White said on May 11, after seeing Shen Yun at the Cadillac Palace Theater.

New York-based Shen Yun criss-crosses the globe reviving the 5,000 year-old Chinese culture, a culture thought to have been passed down from the heavens.

The dance pieces include ethnic and folk dances, as well as depictions of legends and myths from China’s vast cultural lexicon.

“In less than ten minutes each, Shen Yun dances recount ancient myths, bygone heroes, or celestial paradises,” explains the company’s website. “Whether set in the past or in contemporary China, every dance embodies traditional Chinese values. Ideals of loyalty, filial piety, and veneration for the divine are cherished and celebrated. Heroes are extolled for their compassion and tolerance as much as their courage or determination when facing adversity.”

The dance pieces imparted great meaning to Ms. White; for her, the pieces had revelations about personal freedom and choice, as well as spirituality and compassion.

“There were a couple of scenes where people saved others and not just themselves, and where they understood others’ perspective even though they were different from their own,” Ms. White said. “So I think that is entertaining, but I think that it is also a powerful lesson.”

Ms. White was joined by Leonard Martin, also a judge, who also enjoyed the performance.

Mr. Martin said that the attention to detail, as well as the dancing, the digital backdrops, the color, the music, and the movement, and the way “it all came together” was “ a marvelous, marvelous thing.”

“This is the first time we have come, but it will not be the last time,” Mr. Martin said.

Reporting by NTD Television and Zachary Stieber

Shen Yun Performing Arts is performing at Cadillac Palace Theater, Chicago through May 12.

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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Mexican Painter Finds ‘Goodness’ and ‘Peace’ in Shen Yun http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/mexican-painter-finds-goodness-and-peace-in-shen-yun-376992.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/mexican-painter-finds-goodness-and-peace-in-shen-yun-376992.html#comments Sun, 12 May 2013 08:53:36 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=376992
Luz del Carmen Banda de Alvarez felt transported at Shen Yun Performing Arts at Mexico City's Auditorio Nacional, on May 8. (Jennifer Garcia/The Epoch Times)

Luz del Carmen Banda de Alvarez felt transported at Shen Yun Performing Arts at Mexico City's Auditorio Nacional, on May 8. (Jennifer Garcia/The Epoch Times)

MEXICO CITY—Shen Yun Performing Arts has given painter Luz del Carmen Banda de Alvarez a new view of China.

After seeing Shen Yun on May 8 at Auditorio Nacional, Ms. Alvarez said she gained “a knowledge I didn’t have” about China’s customs and ethnicities.

Further, the image she had of China was literally being erased by the rich culture presented by New York-based Shen Yun.

“To remember again that it has so many years, thousands of years—that it’s not only the particular political culture they have now and that there is a lot behind it,” she said. Shen Yun “should keep fostering that knowledge,” she said.

Ms. Alvarez, who is also second vice president of the Mexican Federation of Painters in China, described the effect of Shen Yun.

“One feels transported to such a wonderful world,” she said.

Shen Yun melds multiple elements together to present a revival of the 5,000-year-old Chinese culture, a culture that the ruling communist regime had all but destroyed.

The digital backdrops anchor the stage and present vivid images from across the vast country, as well as glimpses of heavenly realms. Dancers, schooled in one of the most difficult master art forms in the world and adorned with handmade regalia, are at the heart of the performance. The accompanying orchestra blends both classical Western and Chinese instruments in a unique way.

Ms. Alvarez said that the colors and scenes in the performance “are superb” and “it’s really amazing what they achieved.”

“One gets into those fields, the snow, the mountains, the river, and the effects they have,” she said. “It’s wonderful.”

Traditional Chinese culture is replete with principles and virtues such as a respect for the heavens and divine retribution and benevolence, wisdom, and sincerity, according to Shen Yun’s website. China was once known as Shen Zhou, or “The Divine Land,” and disciplines as varied as music, medicine, and attire are believed to have been passed down to the culture from the heavens. Shen Yun means the beauty of divine beings dancing.

Ms. Alvarez saw a deep spirituality in Shen Yun’s presentation of the ancient culture, including the portrayal of the creation of the culture.

There is, she said, “a great spirituality that the Chinese people have,” which in many ways is independent from all religions.

“This brings all people together,” she said, feeling a connection between the Latin and Chinese cultures.

The performance gave her a sense of “great peace for the whole world.”

“It’s goodness and peace for the whole world,” she said. “Which is what one should foster where one is.”

Reporting by Jennifer Garcia and Zachary Stieber

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

 

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Dance Studio Owner Finds Shen Yun Themes Inspiring http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/dance-studio-owner-finds-shen-yun-themes-inspiring-377027.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/dance-studio-owner-finds-shen-yun-themes-inspiring-377027.html#comments Sun, 12 May 2013 08:20:50 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=377027

CHICAGO—Coming from Hungary, a country once under Soviet control, dance studio owner Viva Baroti found Friday night’s performance by Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company inspiring.

“That’s the word—it’s inspirational,” said Ms. Baroti in summing up her response to the performance.

Shen Yun aims to restore 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture, which had been all but destroyed under decades of communist rule. Two of the 15 short dances in the program depict stories of persecution in China today: persecution of Falun Gong, a spiritual practice that emphasizes a life devoted to truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance.

“I believe it was very specific to some of the very unfortunate events in China,” said Ms. Baroti, who performed ballet for 28 years, but currently teaches Latin dance primarily.

Ms. Baroti was already familiar with classical Chinese dance, at the very core of Shen Yun’s performance.

“I actually have been exposed to it in my own country because I have a number of Chinese friends who are from China. I learned a little bit of Chinese,” she said.

“It’s very interesting,” she said.

“I loved the only one that was a combination male and female soloists,” she said of a dance called The Emperor’s Journey to the Moon. She considered it unique to classical Chinese dance, which usually has either groups of male or female dances.

“It was phenomenal, the coordination. It was beautiful,” she said.

Reporting by Stacey Tang and Sharon Kilarski

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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Santos Laguna Player Leaves Shen Yun ‘With a joy that cannot be explained’ http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/santos-laguna-player-leaves-shen-yun-with-a-joy-that-cannot-be-explained-376970.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/santos-laguna-player-leaves-shen-yun-with-a-joy-that-cannot-be-explained-376970.html#comments Sun, 12 May 2013 08:05:38 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=376970
Oswaldo Alanis enjoyed Shen Yun Performing Arts, on May 8, at Auditorio Nacional. (Jennifer Pascual/The Epoch Times)

Oswaldo Alanis enjoyed Shen Yun Performing Arts, on May 8, at Auditorio Nacional. (Jennifer Pascual/The Epoch Times)

MEXICO CITY—Oswaldo Alanis, who plays soccer for Santos Laguna, said he was speechless after seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts.

“The whole show, all storylines, all the songs and dances, leaves you shocked and with a joy that cannot be explained,” he said after seeing the New York-based company on May 8 at Auditorio Nacional.

Mr. Alanis, who began playing soccer professionally in 2009 and played for Mexico’s national team in 2011 and 2012, said he could draw connections between the athleticism of sports players and the intensity of the dancers in Shen Yun.

“I consider them as elite athletes because of the concentration they have to perform each dance, for all exercises they need to do, the physical capability they have, the flexibility, the way they endure, the jumps, turns—everything really,” he said.

The heart of a Shen Yun performance is classical Chinese dance, an art form thousands of years old that has become richer with each passing era and dynasty.

Along with training in both physical expression and specific postures, classical Chinese dance includes learning combinations of leaps, turns, flips, spins, and other aerial and tumbling techniques, according to Shen Yun’s website. “It is a vast and independent system of dance,” the website states.

Further, the dance is incredibly expressive, “such that the personalities and feelings of characters can be portrayed with unparalleled clarity.

“It is therefore capable of depicting scenes from any time period, whether ancient or modern, Eastern or Western, in a strikingly vivid way.”

Mr. Alanis had a message for anyone who hasn’t seen Shen Yun.

“Come to see it,” he said. “However anyone describes it, it won’t be the same.”

Reporting by Jennifer Pascual and Zachary Stieber

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.


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Dancer: ‘Every girl should wear clothes like Shen Yun Dancers’ http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/dancer-every-girl-should-wear-clothes-like-shen-yun-dancers-377160.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/dancer-every-girl-should-wear-clothes-like-shen-yun-dancers-377160.html#comments Sun, 12 May 2013 07:36:18 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=377160

CHICAGO—Billie Oshana, dancer and dance instructor, summed up her experience of Shen Yun Performing Arts as: “It’s got every element, it’s got everything, its got costumes, it’s got technique, the humor, it’s got beautiful music. What’s not to like?”

She had just seen Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company, the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company, perform at Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theater, on May 12.

Shen Yun takes the audience through 5,000 years of culture from ancient times to the present, bringing to life beloved myths, legends and history.

Ms. Oshana, who was at the performance with two other dancers, said: “We notice things like where they’re spotting [technique used during the execution of turns], how they would do their feet … I like how they’re all spotting in the same way. It’s like they’re a team but then there’s a little bit of individuality too. I like that; it kind of catches you by surprise.”

“I loved the cultural history, the richness of it,” said Maurel Samonte, who teaches lyrical and belly dance, and is a former classical ballet teacher. “It’s just visually stunning. I appreciate the technique that’s put in the aerial walk-overs, aerial cart wheels … there is so much effort and work put into something like that.”

What Ms. Samonte and Ms. Oshana were describing were elements of “classical Chinese dance which is at the heart of what Shen Yun does. Known for its incredible flips and spins, and its gentle elegance, it is one of the most rigorous and expressive art forms in the world,” explains the Shen Yun website.

“I think it’s extraordinary. It’s very unique, the colors were beautiful and they look like they’re [the dancers are] floating,” said Ms. Oshana. “You can tell they’ve had a lot of training, a lot of work went into this.”

“It’s a culturally excellent show because you’re not only just getting dance … you’re also getting opera, symphony and classical music. I also play the piano, so I appreciate all of this,” Ms. Samonte said.

Ms. Oshana added: “The way the costumes are … stunning. Reminds me never to wear black when I’m on stage. … I think every girl should wear clothes like that [like the Shen Yun dancers]. Forget normal clothes, let’s wear that.” The three women all agreed.

Shen Yun’s emcees give brief introductions prior to each of the pieces. “What I like most is the little audience participation with the American host and Chinese host, that was good too,” said Ms. Samonte. “I think it’s just excellent, and making it accessible to the American audiences too.”

She explains: “My mum is a quarter Chinese, so I’m proud of my Chinese heritage. Just hearing the history … I appreciate that.”

The third dancer and belly dancer instructor, Vanessa Olivera, said she liked the humor in some of the pieces.

She was pleased that she was able to take the program booklet home with her as a memento of the wonderful evening.

Reporting by Catherine Wen and Cat Rooney

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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Account Manager: Shen Yun Is ‘Divine’ http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/account-manager-shen-yun-is-divine-377144.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/account-manager-shen-yun-is-divine-377144.html#comments Sun, 12 May 2013 05:11:29 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=377144

CHICAGO—“We thought it was divine,” said Michael Gonzalez. “As the word Shen Yun means.”

Mr. Gonzalez, an account manager for Molex, his wife, Sandy, and daughter, Rachel, were referring to Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company’s performance at Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theater on May 11. “Yes! It was very, very, very nice,” Mrs. Gonzalez said.

Shen Yun takes the audience through 5,000 years of culture from ancient times to the present, bringing to life beloved myths, legends and history. It does so with short story-based dance dramas and opera-style soloist performances.

“The choreography was beautiful; the costumes were excellent; the music, it was very nice,” said Mrs. Gonzalez, who works in the software quality assurance field. “Very graceful, the dancing was nice, very excellent stories—Chinese folklore and ancient China.”

At the heart of a Shen Yun performance is classical Chinese dance. According to the Shen Yun website: “Classical Chinese dance has its own training in basic skills, physical expression and postures, leaps, flips, spins and other difficult tumbling techniques, forming an extensive and independent dance system.”

Mr. Gonzalez stated that the dancers were wonderful, and very energetic.

The New York-based company’s performances are accompanied by a live orchestra which seamlessly blends Eastern and Western sounds. The Shen Yun Orchestra has a Western philharmonic foundation with Chinese instruments like the dizi—wooden flute—and pipa leading the melodies, according to Shen Yun’s website.

“I like that very much. The contemporary sound with Chinese characteristics,” Mr. Gonzalez said.

Mrs. Gonzalez expressed that the dancers were beautiful. “I love them,” she said.

Shen Yun dancers are adorned with vividly colorful, handmade costumes, head pieces and other accessories. “The wardrobe was wonderful as well, very colorful,” Mr. Gongzalez said. “I love the costumes,” said his daughter, who is in a choir and loves the arts.

Rachel particularly enjoyed Shen Yun’s solo vocalists who sing in the bel canto style. “I thought it was captivating really, how they did that,” she said.

“We recommend it very highly,” Mr. Gonzalez said.

“We thought it was a good show.” Mrs. Gonzalez said.

Reporting by Teresa Liu and Cat Rooney

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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Consultant Manager Impressed by Shen Yun’s Expression of Spirituality http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/consultant-manager-impressed-by-shen-yun-s-expression-of-spirituality-376960.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/consultant-manager-impressed-by-shen-yun-s-expression-of-spirituality-376960.html#comments Sun, 12 May 2013 05:06:44 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=376960

CHICAGO—The Deliras were moved by the color, dancing, music, and expression of spirituality by Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company’s performance at Chicago’s Cadillac Palace on May 11.

“Amazing, the colors were phenomenal. The way that the costumes were put together was just beautiful,” said Chris Delira, dental offices manager and consultant.

Her husband, Tony Delira, a United Parcel Services manager, piped in with: “The choreography was just outstanding. There was diversity in different cultures. It was phenomenal.”

Mr. Delira was also impressed with the colorful costumes. “I don’t think you get the same effect if you didn’t have the costumes that the girls wore. And, the fans, they wore them and threw them, and used them in very different ways.”

He thought it was a good decision to bring his wife. “She is a very color oriented person, and it was a gift for her.”

Shen Yun’s mission is to revive 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture through dance, music, and song.

Mrs. Delira was impressed with the storylines about Buddhas and Gods, and especially enjoyed the lyrics sung by the solo vocalists. “And, the power of God or Buddha was going to prevail,” she said.

She further explains, “I loved it. I think too many people right now are scared to talk about religion; that it’s not acceptable. The fact that it came out in a big show like this—I loved it and … the courage to do that. Everything that I read [in the translation of the lyrics and program guide] I believe in, and I wish I would have brought my kids.”

Mr. Delira said: “We must have that faith, and that hope that they showed us in the show. And I believe if we have that faith and that hope we will prevail. That it will be a better world.”

Mrs. Delira agreed, saying, “It will definitely be a better world.”

“It was a brave, brave thing to do. When I was reading the opera they were singing, I was like ‘Yes! Finally!’ This is what we need more, and more of. I’m hoping that the kids and the people [in the audience] caught on to that,” she said.

The New York-based company’s performances are accompanied by a live orchestra, which seamlessly blends Eastern and Western instruments. The Shen Yun Orchestra has a Western philharmonic foundation with Chinese instruments like the dizi—wooden flute—and pipa leading the melodies, according to Shen Yun’s website.

The Deliras said they had a good view of the orchestra.

“I didn’t realize just how much work went into it,” said Mr. Delira. “Among all the instruments, I think I counted three that I had never seen before. So, it was pretty impressive.”

“What was most important was the instruments that I never have gotten so see before. I’ve heard them before, but now I could actually see them. It was a learning experience.”

Mr. Delira stated that he knew very little about traditional Chinese culture prior to seeing the Shen Yun performance. “Now, I think we’ve learned a little bit more … it’s encouraged me to do more reading. It’s motivational. It kind of opens up the eyes and encourages one to look a little bit more at the things they were discussing and showing in the show.”

Reporting by Sophie Wang and Cat Rooney

Shen Yun Performing Arts is performing at Cadillac Palace Theater, Chicago through May 12.

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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Cook County President Impressed by Shen Yun’s Ethnic Dances http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/cook-county-president-impressed-by-shen-yuns-ethnic-dances-377011.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/cook-county-president-impressed-by-shen-yuns-ethnic-dances-377011.html#comments Sun, 12 May 2013 04:58:24 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=377011

CHICAGO—Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle was back for the second year in a row. She attended Shen Yun Performing Arts last year and returned this year on May 11 to see the cultural performance at its new venue, the Cadillac Palace Theater.

“I am always impressed by the athleticism of the dancers and the great variety of the performances … so this is also a great show,” she said.

Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company, based in New York, brings traditional music and dance to the world with three companies that tour simultaneously. It aims to restore 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture.

At the heart of the performance is classical Chinese dance, a system of dance that developed over thousands of years. One of the characteristics of this dance is difficult tumbling and jumping techniques—hence Ms. Preckwinkle’s description of it as athletic.

One of the 15 dance programs that Ms. Preckwinkle enjoyed was Sand Monk Is Blessed. In it a river ogre terrorizes a village until the beloved characters of the Monkey King and Pigsy come to the rescue.

Thus, along with its athleticism, classical Chinese dance is the chosen expression of Shen Yun to bring forth the countries rich legends, myths, and actual stories from history.

In addition to the athleticism of the dancers and the variety of the performances, the impression that Ms. Preckwinkle is left with overall “is the beauty of the costumes.”

Shen Yun costumes span different dynasties of China as well as different regions, with traditional folk costumes on display.

The very ethnic nature “of the China that’s represented in the dances—I think when we think of China we usually think of the Han Chinese, but there are really a lot of ethnic groups of China that were represented in the show,” Ms. Preckwinkle said.

In addition to classical Chinese dance, Shen Yun brings forth a variety of folk and ethnic dances from the more than 50 different ethnicities in the country, thus bringing to life the breadth of China’s peoples.

“I think it is good to have people exposed to the arts of different cultures and races. This is really an opportunity for those who are not Chinese to become acquainted with Chinese traditional dances and music,” she said.

Reporting by NTD Television and on Sharon Kilarski

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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‘I am really thrilled that we were able to come’ to Shen Yun in Chicago http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/i-am-really-thrilled-that-we-were-able-to-come-to-shen-yun-in-chicago-376949.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/i-am-really-thrilled-that-we-were-able-to-come-to-shen-yun-in-chicago-376949.html#comments Sun, 12 May 2013 04:38:45 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=376949

CHICAGO—“I’m just in awe of the performance. I thinks it’s absolutely beautiful, and I’m happy to be here,” said Betty Resis about Shen Performing Arts New York Company’s performance at Chicago’s Cadillac Palace on May 11. She found the show to be fascinating.

A friend invited Mrs. Resis, a retired elementary teacher and her husband, Harry Resis. “Now that we’ve been here, it’s just beautiful. It’s wonderful.”

“I like the introduction with the [emcees] before each scene so that we kind of know what’s going on. It’s beautiful.”

Mr. Resis, a retired investment manager, found Shen Yun to be relaxing.

Shen Yun’s mission is to revitalize 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture through dance, music, and song.

“I see the whole thing as historical,” said Mr. Resis. His wife took over and said, “When the singers come on and talk about the creation and the Creator and things like that, I think that brings a [spiritual] aspect to it. And, I agree with my husband, I think it was very peaceful and also it’s just beautiful and the dancing is phenomenal. I am really thrilled that we were able to come.”

“There’s nothing that reminds me of modern China. I’ve been to China and the big bustling Beijing. It’s a big bustling modern city. They are two different worlds. By contrast it’s chaotic. They are totally different cultures.”

Mrs. Resis stated it would be wonderful if the traditional principles expressed in Shen Yun could be used today in our world. “I think we could all use that.”

“I love the principles behind the beauty of it. And, just what is going on and the stories being told,” she concluded.

Reporting by Valerie Avore and Cat Rooney

Shen Yun Performing Arts is performing at Cadillac Palace Theater, Chicago through May 12.

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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Senior VP: Shen Yun Orchestra ‘Did an amazing job’ http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/senior-vp-shen-yun-orchestra-did-an-amazing-job-376944.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/senior-vp-shen-yun-orchestra-did-an-amazing-job-376944.html#comments Sun, 12 May 2013 02:46:53 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=376944

CHICAGO—From the moment the curtain went up on Shen Yun Performing Arts’ performance, the audience applauded. In explanation, Michael Mazzei who was attending the afternoon performance, said, “I think it’s just the setting, you know, with smoke … the dancers, and the colorful costumes were beautiful.”

“The costumes were wonderful and the scenery was wonderful,” his wife Geri Mazzei chimed in.

Shen Yun brings traditional music and dance to the world with three companies that tour the globe simultaneously. It aims to restore 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture.

The Mazzei’s and Mr. Mazzei’s mother saw the New York-based show on May 11 at the Cadillac Palace Theater.

“It was just the dancing, the costumes, the music, the singing. The orchestra did an amazing job. We came with our Rotary international group,” Mr. Mazzei explained.

Mr. Mazzei is president elect of the Glenview Rotary Club and Senior Vice President of Koenig & Strey in Gleview.

“It’s a great show … beautiful costumes, the dancing was unbelievable. It was really amazing—really, really, really great,” he said.

At the heart of Shen Yun is classical Chinese dance, which, alongside ballet, is one of the world’s most rigorous and comprehensive dance systems, according to the company’s website.

“It was very, very nice, very cultural, very entertaining. The music was terrific and the dancers were phenomenal,” said Mrs. Mazzei, a real estate broker with Koenig and Strey.

Mrs. Mazzei was glad to be able to take home some understanding of Chinese culture since she had little knowledge of it before the performance.

Mr. Mazzei enjoyed the variety of the dances that stretched from dynasty to dynasty through history and from region to region across the country. In considering the theme of the presentation, he used words like mystical, intriguing, and interesting.

Reporting by Valerie Avore and Sharon Kilarski

Shen Yun Performing Arts is performing at Cadillac Palace Theater, Chicago through May 12.

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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Shen Yun ‘It’s an enduring message, and it’s beautiful,’ Says Retired Writer http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/shen-yun-it-s-an-enduring-message-and-it-s-beautiful-says-retired-writer-376932.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/shen-yun-it-s-an-enduring-message-and-it-s-beautiful-says-retired-writer-376932.html#comments Sun, 12 May 2013 02:29:15 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=376932

CHICAGO—Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company was met with a cool, spring, yet sunny Chicago day and a full house for its afternoon performance at Chicago’s Cadillac Palace on May 11.

“I thought it was wonderful,” said Patrick Dalton about the Shen Yun performance. “I just really enjoyed it from beginning to end.”

“Uplifting, it’s such a beautiful show,” said Mr. Dalton, retired writer of educational training materials for Reader’s Digest.

Shen Yun’s mission is to revive 5,000 years of divinely inspired civilization through the universal language of dance and music.

“A performance by Shen Yun is a presentation of traditional Chinese culture as it once was: a study in grace, wisdom, and the virtues distilled from the five millennia of Chinese civilization,” states the company’s website.

“They’re just beautiful the way both the women and men [move] and the combination of the gymnastics,” Mr. Dalton said. “The dancing it’s just beautiful. I think it’s very, very good.”

The gymnastic Mr. Dalton referred to is the technical aspect of classical Chinese dance, which predates the origins of gymnastics. Put another way, gymnastics came from classical Chinese dance, according to the company’s website.

Mr. Dalton felt that the message brought forth by traditional Chinese culture of spirituality and of divine beings integration into man’s life was “behind the screen and during the dancing. [It] really portrayed that part, really brought that to the forefront, right from the beginning. I thought it was just very well done.”

When asked if the moral values of traditional culture are useful for today’s world, he replied: “I would certainly hope so. That was my first thought at the very beginning as they were talking about the Creator … the history of the Chinese people, the 5,000 years [of history], and that is enduring. It’s an enduring message, and it’s beautiful.”

There are some 20 mini-drama dance and vocal soloists programs. The first dance is Descending to the World with the Creator paving the way for China’s divinely-inspired culture, according to the program guide.

Mr. Dalton explains: “The message was on the screen, and the digitals that were on the stage [of the vocal soloists’ lyrics] really talk about the enduring history of not only the Chinese people, but the enduring history of creation, and the beauty of creation, the beauty of history, the beauty of our being of our world, in a total way. I think it was just very beautifully put together right from the start.”

“I think that’s the beauty of this [performance] is that everyone will walk away with a different impression, a different feeling … but I do believe it leaves you thinking about a lot of things.”

Reporting by Valerie Avore and Cat Rooney

Shen Yun Performing Arts is performing at Cadillac Palace Theater, Chicago through May 12.

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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‘Everybody should see’ Shen Yun, Says Business Owner http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/everybody-should-see-shen-yun-says-business-owner-376962.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/everybody-should-see-shen-yun-says-business-owner-376962.html#comments Sun, 12 May 2013 02:21:17 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=376962

CHICAGO—Two business owners left Chicago’s Cadillac Palace surprised by the cultural revival they had just experienced.

“I was shocked—I didn’t expect it to be that good,” said Victor Caterino, principal at Family Med Centers.

Mr. Caterino and his wife Martha, who owns a natural health business, on May 11 saw Shen Yun Performing Arts, a New York-based company that formed to revive the 5,000 year-old, divinely inspired Chinese culture.

“Through the universal language of music and dance, Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales, taking you on a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture,” explains the company’s website. “Its stunning beauty and tremendous energy leave audiences uplifted and inspired.”

Mr. Caterino said that the performance was “breathtaking.”

The choreography was perfect, he said, and the dancers were amazing. “Very well put together,” he said.

For Ms. Caterino, Shen Yun is “a nice, beautiful thing to have in this part of the world.”

Shen Yun tours to 100-plus cities each year, gracing many of the world’s best theaters.

The depth of culture presented by the company “opens the eyes” and “opens the minds” of Westerners to the rich history of China, said Mr. Caterino.

“I love it,” said Ms. Caterino. “Everything is so nice.”

“I think,” concluded Mr. Caterino, “everybody should see it.”

Reporting by Teresa Liu and Zachary Stieber

Shen Yun Performing Arts is performing at Cadillac Palace Theater, Chicago through May 12.

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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Company President Praises Shen Yun: ‘Absolutely fabulous’ http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/company-president-praises-shen-yun-absolutely-fabulous-376928.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/company-president-praises-shen-yun-absolutely-fabulous-376928.html#comments Sun, 12 May 2013 02:17:41 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=376928
Robert and Virginia Wendt enjoy Shen Yun Performing Arts at Chicago's Cadillac Palace, on Saturday May 11. (Teresa Yin/The Epoch Times)

Robert and Virginia Wendt enjoy Shen Yun Performing Arts at Chicago's Cadillac Palace, on Saturday May 11. (Teresa Yin/The Epoch Times)

CHICAGO—”The opening scene is absolutely fabulous, mind-taking, and breath-causing!” said Robert Wendt. The retired president of the Central District Furniture Co. had just caught the matinee presentation of Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Cadillac Palace, Saturday May 11.

“I just loved them!” said Virginia Wendt of the dancers. “Beautiful. Beautiful with their perfection. Just perfection.”

Shen Yun travels the world on a mission to revive a lost treasure, 5,000 years of China’s divinely inspired culture through the universal language of dance and music.

Ms. Wendt expressed her appreciation for the New York-based company’s presentation of Chinese classical dance and said, “It’s wonderful, it’s remarkable.”

Pointing to Mr. Wendt she said, “Bob was a dancer at one time, so he really appreciates dance.”

Mr. Wendt said: “Well, they are absolutely fabulous in their technique, and they’re consistent with their technique. And, the visual excitement I get because of the setting they put around the dancers, I think, to reflect the movement they are doing is absolutely fabulous, and something we’ve never seen. I haven’t.”

An integral part of the performance is the Shen Yun Orchestra, which has been highly praised by audience members world-wide.

Ms. Wendt said: “Oh, I loved the music. I love violin, I love cellos. It was all beautiful and very well put together.”

Mr. Wendt enjoyed the unique blending of classical Western and Chinese instruments.

In a series of short, story-based performances, the artists take audience members on a journey: sometimes through ancient legends and sometimes depicting contemporary issues.

Ms. Wendt exclaimed: “I love the stories! It makes it so interesting. It’s such an old, old country compared to ours. It’s very interesting to me. I liked it all. I thought it was all interesting.”

“I thought it was exquisite!” she said.

She added that she was impressed by all the dances, and particularly enjoyed Ancient Elegance.

Reporting by Teresa Yin and Jeanmarie Lunsford

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

Shen Yun Performing Arts’ last scheduled performances for this season are in Chicago on May 10-12 and Syracuse, May 12.

 

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Retired Company Founder Finds Shen Yun Outstanding http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/retired-company-founder-finds-shen-yun-outstanding-376924.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/retired-company-founder-finds-shen-yun-outstanding-376924.html#comments Sun, 12 May 2013 01:52:21 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=376924

CHICAGO—“Frankly, I think the visuals are just outstanding, and I’ve never seen anything with such gorgeous backgrounds,” said Jim Minder, after seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company at Chicago’s’ Cadillac Palace Theater on the afternoon of May 11.

Mr. Minder, the president and founder of Spectrum Services before he retired, was referring to the digitally animated backdrops that Shen Yun is known for.

Spectrum Services is a “child welfare, family preservation and mental health human services organization,” according to its website. It helped many abused and neglect children in Michigan, including Chinese children, Mr. Minder said.

Shen Yun, based in New York, uses traditional music and dance to revitalize 5,000 years of China’s divinely inspired civilization.

“I think it is outstanding,” Mr. Minder said of the performance.

“And, of course the costumes are just out of this world,” he said.

Shen Yun costumes received rave reviews wherever the three touring companies travel.

At the heart of Shen Yun is classical Chinese dance, formed over thousands of years. Shen Yun uses this dance form to tell stories of Chinese ancient past and of its current situation.

“Again I think it’s an outstanding production,” Mr. Minder said.

Reporting by Valerie Avore and Sharon Kilarski

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

Shen Yun Performing Arts’ last scheduled performances for this season are in Chicago on May 10-12 and Syracuse, May 12.

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Shen Yun ‘It’s more the hope that things will get better,’ Says Editor http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/shen-yun-it-s-more-the-hope-that-things-will-get-better-says-editor-376926.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/shen-yun-it-s-more-the-hope-that-things-will-get-better-says-editor-376926.html#comments Sat, 11 May 2013 23:53:24 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=376926

CHICAGO—“The costumes in all the pieces and the scenery was beautiful, and it was playful,” said Charlene Breedlove. “Very charming!” said Elliot Fineman, of National Gun Victims Action Council director, a non-profit group. Both were referring to the May 10 evening performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company at Chicago’s Cadillac Palace.

The mission of Shen Yun is to revive 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture through dance-based storytelling of beloved myths, legends, and ancient and current history.

“It was just very warm, very friendly, very playful,” said Ms. Breedlove, a professional editor for a medical journal and other projects.

“I felt warm because it’s a very friendly, benign, sweet-hearted [performance]. It’s all good intentions, it’s playful. … You know it’s all about trying to make good forces, trying to be good, trying to overcome evil,” she said.

“It told interesting stories, little folk tales, and lessons from life in the past,” Ms. Breedlove explained.

Traditional Chinese culture was almost completely destroyed under the 60-plus years of rule by the Chinese Communist Party. Thus, Shen Yun was formed by a group of artists dedicated to restoring ancient culture.

Since Shen Yun is based in New York, it thereby has the freedom to express this culture. But, unfortunately the performance cannot be seen in China.

Part of China’s unfolding history today is the persecution of Falun Gong, a spiritual group that live by the tenants of truth, compassion, and tolerance.

“I liked it very much because I support the [Falun Gong] group, and I support the group that this was representing. And I feel badly that … they’re treated so badly,” Mr. Fineman said.

He explained why he sympathizes with Falun Gong practitioners: “Just by seeing them in Chicago. They sit on streets for a long time, you know, with peaceful messages, and … I’ve read about them.”

For Ms. Breedlove, the last piece stood out: “The finale, where everybody’s free. … So you kind of know more of who they are [because of the previous dance story], and so they’re free to kind of express themselves through their own movements. So it’s nice to see them as one expressive group.”

Her understanding from Shen Yun was of hope. “It’s more the hope that things will get better.” She explained that the wheel turns, in the first half [of the performance with the Creator descending] and the last scene according to the program guide is where the Creator protects the righteous and goodness.

“The idea that bad will pass and good will come back,” says Ms. Breedlove.

Reporting by Stacey Tang and Cat Rooney

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

Shen Yun Performing Arts’ last scheduled performances for this season are in Chicago on May 10-12 and Syracuse, May 12.

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Shen Yun ‘Absolutely Fascinating’ http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/shen-yun-absolutely-fascinating-376913.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/shen-yun-absolutely-fascinating-376913.html#comments Sat, 11 May 2013 21:02:44 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=376913 George Covel attends the Shen Yun Performing Arts performance at the Proctors Theatre in Schenectady on May 9, 2013. (Aric Chen/The Epoch Times)

George Covel attends the Shen Yun Performing Arts performance at the Proctors Theatre in Schenectady on May 9, 2013. (Aric Chen/The Epoch Times)

SCHENECTADY, N.Y.—Korean War veteran George Covel bought tickets to Shen Yun Performing Arts in February as an early Mother Day’s gift for his wife.

After looking forward to the show for several months and finally seeing the performance at the Proctors Theatre on Thursday night, Mr. Covel said Shen Yun was “absolutely fascinating.”

“The choreography is unbelievable, costuming is beautiful, women are beautiful,” he said.

Based in New York, Shen Yun presents classical Chinese dance and music around the world. The mission of the performing arts company is to revive China’s 5,000-year-old divinely inspired culture.

“Through the universal language of music and dance, Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales, taking you on a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture,” states the Shen Yun website.

Mr. Covel enjoyed the story-based dances and said it was easy to follow the themes being depicted.

“The story they tell is so obvious through the choreography,” he said.

‘You feel like freedom’

Tony Jones enjoys the Shen Yun Performing Arts performance at the Proctors Theatre in Schenectady on May 9, 2013. (Madalina Hubert/The Epoch Times)

Tony Jones enjoys the Shen Yun Performing Arts performance at the Proctors Theatre in Schenectady on May 9, 2013. (Madalina Hubert/The Epoch Times)

Also at the performance on Thursday evening was Tony Jones.

“I thought the show was artistic, a lot of talent, very colorful,” he said, while also praising the music presented by Shen Yun.

Mr. Jones, who owned an accounting business before retiring, said the performance made audience members feel relaxed and free.

“It made you feel like freedom … it was nice, very enjoyable. There was nothing tense about it.”

Reporting by Aric Chen, Madalina Hubert, and Omid Ghoreishi

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

Shen Yun Performing Arts’s last scheduled performances for this season are in Chicago on May 10-12 and Syracuse, May 12.

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Shen Yun, ‘Very graceful art work,’ http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/shen-yun-very-graceful-art-work-376902.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/shen-yun-very-graceful-art-work-376902.html#comments Sat, 11 May 2013 20:53:12 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=376902 Kay Gordon and Anngee Lane attend Shen Yun Performing Arts performance at the Proctors Theatre in Schenectady on May 9, 2013. (Madalina Hubert/The Epoch Times)

Kay Gordon and Anngee Lane attend Shen Yun Performing Arts performance at the Proctors Theatre in Schenectady on May 9, 2013. (Madalina Hubert/The Epoch Times)

SCHENECTADY, N.Y.—Watching Shen Yun Performing Arts felt like being in a dream, said Anngee Lane after watching the renowned company’s classical Chinese dance and music production on Thursday night at the Proctors Theatre.

“It was unreal … it was so nice and peaceful, how they danced so smooth. Very nice, beautiful,” Ms. Lane said.

Kay Gordon, who accompanied Ms. Lane to the performance, also praised the performance.

“Very graceful art work, I like the way they displayed different styles of dance, and it was very nice,” Mr. Gordon said.

At the core of the performances of New York-based Shen Yun is classical Chinese dance, an art form that has been passed down in China for thousands of years. The dance company also presents ethnic and folk dances from different regions of the vast land of China.

There are many aspects to Shen Yun that make it unique. One of these aspects is the state-of-the art animated digital backdrops, which sometimes interact with the performances on stage.

Speaking from his background as a freelance videographer, Mr. Gordon said he very much enjoyed the entertaining backdrops, which often featured figures appearing on the screen who later would descend onto the stage as live characters.

“I like the interesting background,” he said.

“People were flying out so that was interesting to see, like people from the back of the screen … coming out on the stage, they were almost coming at you in certain dance scenes.”

Another highlight in the performance, Ms. Lane noted, was the hundreds of handmade costumes with silky flowing fabrics that contributed to the stunning choreography and the story being told.

“They’re beautiful, with all the swaying,” she said.

Shen Yun, Ms. Lane said, is very inspirational and “makes you just want to dance, and wish that you were able to do all the nice things that they do.”

“I’ve never seen anything like this, it’s so beautiful, and the energy they have is really great.”

Reporting by Madalina Hubert and Omid Ghoreishi

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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Shen Yun ‘Best Spectacular,’ Says International Corporation Executive http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/shen-yun-best-spectacular-says-international-corporation-executive-376897.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/shen-yun-best-spectacular-says-international-corporation-executive-376897.html#comments Sat, 11 May 2013 20:43:38 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=376897 Milan Knezevic attends Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Proctors Theatre in Schenectady on May 9, 2013. (Aric Chen/The Epoch Times)

Milan Knezevic attends Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Proctors Theatre in Schenectady on May 9, 2013. (Aric Chen/The Epoch Times)

SCHENECTADY, N.Y.—Milan Knezevic, an executive with an international corporation, has travelled to China a few times and seen a variety of performances.

But on Thursday evening at the Proctors Theatre, he saw a performance that stood out from all the rest that he had seen before.

“Very nice, … I enjoyed something amazing,” Mr. Knezevic said. “This is fantastic, probably the best spectacular I have ever seen.”

He was referring to Shen Yun Performing Arts, a New York-based classical Chinese and dance company.

Founded in 2006, Shen Yun was formed by a group of elite overseas Chinese artists who aim to revive China’s 5,000-year-old divinely inspired culture.

“For 5,000 years divine culture flourished in the land of China. Humanity’s treasure was nearly lost, but through breathtaking music and dance, Shen Yun is bringing back this glorious culture,” reads the Shen Yun website.

Noting this long history in China, Mr. Knezevic said he hoped that the traditions of the Middle Kingdom will be preserved.

“This is a wonderful nation, 5,000 years [of] history … just continue the same,” he said.

Reporting by Aric Chen and Omid Ghoreishi

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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Shen Yun is ‘Beautiful, and it’s got a message’ Says Attorney http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/shen-yun-is-beautiful-and-it-s-got-a-message-says-attorney-376881.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/shen-yun-is-beautiful-and-it-s-got-a-message-says-attorney-376881.html#comments Sat, 11 May 2013 15:11:24 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=376881

CHICAGO—Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company is at Chicago’s Cadillac Palace from May 10 through May 12. In just a few minutes after the curtain lifted on opening night, theater goers witnessed a glimpse of heaven, traveled through the galaxy, and were placed before the pomp and pageantry of ancient China’s imperial court.

The show takes the audience on a journey through 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture. Shen Yun’s mission is to bring this divinely inspired civilization to life though classical Chinese dance, orchestral music, and award winning vocal soloists.

“The show was just outstanding,” said Dan Pasulka, an attorney for McGuire Woods. “It’s wonderful … the dancing and the colors, it’s just tremendous.”

The production includes 20 mini-dramas that unfold over two and a half hours. Each story explores a different aspect of China’s well-storied and multi-ethnic culture.

Mr. Pasulka’s favorite scene was the Mongolian Bowl Dance, where graceful performers execute impressive jumps and tumbles while effortlessly balancing bowls on their heads.

“I like the bowls,” the lawyer said. “The balance is unbelievable.”

Another scene that caught Mr. Pasulka’s eye was An Unexpected Encounter—the tale of a father and daughter on vacation, and a misunderstanding that lands them in jail. As the pair snap photos in the park, police descend on a group of Falun Dafa practitioners meditating nearby. Father and daughter get caught in the confusion, and everyone gets beaten and hauled off to prison.

While most of the show focuses on tales from ancient China, this narrative reflects a modern tragedy, where Falun Dafa practitioners are persecuted for their faith. Mr. Pasulka was familiar with the persecution because he had previously witnessed local efforts to stop it.

“It’s the [Chinese] government trying to suppress [Falun Gong practitioners],” he said.

Shen Yun has performed in Chicago every year since 2006, and each year brings an entirely new program. Mr. Pasulka said he had heard about the show for the past three years, but this was the first time he has seen it. He said he would certainly recommend the show to his friends and colleagues.

“The dancing is wonderful, the pageantry is lovely, it’s beautiful, and it’s got a message,” he said.

“The message is that there are some problems there people need to understand; issues that the Chinese people are facing.”

Reporting by Stacy Tang and Conan Milner

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

Shen Yun Performing Arts’ last scheduled performances for this season are in Chicago on May 10-12 and Syracuse, May 12.

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Shen Yun Shows ‘Relationship between heaven and earth,’ Says Scholar http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/shen-yun-shows-relationship-between-heaven-and-earth-says-scholar-376875.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/shen-yun-shows-relationship-between-heaven-and-earth-says-scholar-376875.html#comments Sat, 11 May 2013 15:04:15 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=376875

MEXICO CITY—For scholar Federico Sandoval Hernández, what stood out the most in the performance by Shen Yun Performing Arts was the portrayal of the “relationship between heaven and earth.”

Mr. Hernández watched the Shen Yun performance on May 6, which marked the first time the New York-based classical Chinese dance and music company has performed in Mexico.

Mr. Hernández is the director of the Center for Research and Professorship of Social-Territorial Studies at the Autonomous University of Guerrero.

The spirituality in the Shen Yun performance, Mr. Hernández noted, is quite profound, and is also “moving.”

“I’m speechless,” he admitted.

Shen Yun was formed in 2006 by a group of elite overseas Chinese artists who wanted to revive China’s divinely inspired culture.

According to the company’s website, “Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales, taking you on a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture.”

It was this journey through the Chinese culture, as well as many artistic elements in the performance, that had Mr. Hernández full of praise for Shen Yun.

“It’s an excellent art experience, including the costumes, the stage design, the music, the dance, and so on,” said the scholar.

“It’s different from what is usually seen in terms of traditional dances from any continent.”

Mr. Hernández said that he hopes Shen Yun will be returning to Mexico again to hold more performances.

“I wish this won’t be the only time Shen Yun comes to visit us. I wish next time any of the other two [Shen Yun] companies that are touring around the globe come,” he said.

“I highly recommend this show.”

Reporting by Jennifer Pascual

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

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Shen Yun ‘It makes me feel as though I am one with the program,’ Says Investment Banker http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/shen-yun-makes-me-feel-as-though-i-am-one-of-the-program-says-investment-banker-376870.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/shen-yun-makes-me-feel-as-though-i-am-one-of-the-program-says-investment-banker-376870.html#comments Sat, 11 May 2013 14:57:37 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=376870
Talat Othman at the Shen Yun Performing Arts performance at the Cadillac Palace in Chicago on May 10, 2013. (Catherine Wen/The Epoch Times)

Talat Othman at the Shen Yun Performing Arts performance at the Cadillac Palace in Chicago on May 10, 2013. (Catherine Wen/The Epoch Times)

CHICAGO —Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company is at Chicago’s Cadillac Palace from May 10, ending on May 12, Mother’s Day. As the curtain opened on the first dance scene of opening night, the audience responded with a shower of applause.

Among theater-goers was Talat Othman, president of Drobe Financial, who thoroughly enjoyed traveling through 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture via dance, music, and opera-style solos.

“It makes me feel as though I am one with the program,” the investment banker said, summarizing his experience as excellent, most unusual, and very impressive.

Mr. Othman came with a friend after seeing a brochure on the performance: “It looked interesting and not what you usually see, so I called and got the tickets and here we are.”

Shen Yun’s mission is to bring to life 5,000 years of divinely inspired civilization though classical Chinese dance, orchestral music, and award winning vocal soloists, with 20 mini-dramas that unfold over two and a half hours.

“Actually all of it is impressive. But, what is most impressive are the scenery and the movement within the background,” said Mr. Othman. “That’s most unusual.”

The production features an impressive state-of-the-art animated digital backdrop for each scene, transporting the audience to faraway places, and the dancers from earth to heaven and back.

This detailed animated backdrop is used to spectacular effect in the dance program, Sand Monk is Blessed. In a scene from the Chinese classic Journey to the West, colorful characters come to life, especially the shape-shifting, man-eating river ogre.

“That was most impressive,” Mr. Othman said. “It was unusual; this is not the sort of scene that you would see in other places.”

Shen Yun’s orchestra combines traditional instruments from both the East and West, creating a unique sound that adds another dimension to the vivid storytelling.

“The music was very nice. I’d say it’s exceptional,” said Mr. Othman.

Mr. Othman said he will recommend Shen Yun to his friends.

“They would be very well entertained. They will see something unusual that I’m sure they have never seen before, and it will be a very pleasant experience. Unfortunately [Shen Yun is] only here for three days.”

Reporting by Catherine Wen and Cat Rooney

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

Shen Yun Performing Arts’ last scheduled performances for this season are in Chicago on May 10-12 and Syracuse, May 12.

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CNN en Español Anchor: Shen Yun Doing ‘Important Work’ http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/cnn-en-espanol-anchor-shen-yun-doing-important-work-377000.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/cnn-en-espanol-anchor-shen-yun-doing-important-work-377000.html#comments Sat, 11 May 2013 08:57:20 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=377000

MEXICO CITY—Shen Yun Performing Arts left CNN host Mario González feeling “very positive.”

Mr. González saw the New York-based company perform at Auditorio Nacional on May 8.

Mr. González has interviewed a whose who of Mexican elected officials, including current president Enrique Peña Nieto and former presidents Felipe Calderón and Vicente Fox. His journalism prior to CNN included six years as a correspondent for the Inter Press Service in Ecuador.

Shen Yun tours the world reviving the 5,000 years of Chinese culture after that rich culture was nearly decimated by the ruling communist regime.

Mr. González said the myths and legends presented by Shen Yun “translate all of what Chinese culture is,” and the combination of classical Chinese dance and an accompanying orchestra was “something great.”

“I loved it,” he said.

The combination of all the elements—including the digital backdrops that complement the music and dance—“fills your spirit,” said Mr. González. Also, the classical Chinese dance in particular caught his eye. “Those are very sophisticated movements that require a very considerable training,” he said.

Chinese culture, the oldest culture in the world, developed over different eras and dynasties. China invented innovations hundreds of years before the West began using them, such as paper, printing, and the compass.

Moreover, the culture was replete with virtues and principles that stemmed from the three main faiths of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. Cultivators guided by these faiths included Bodhidharma, the founder of Zen Buddhism, who sat facing a wall for nine years until he reached enlightenment, according to Shen Yun’s website.

“Similarly, throughout Chinese history, the fields of medicine, astronomy, dance, music, painting, military tactics, literature, poetry, the culinary arts, construction, and other cultural displays have been guided at their highest levels by Buddhist or Taoist cultivation or by Confucian philosophy,” explains the website. “They are not limited to tangible objects or visible skill.” The artists of Shen Yun have made meditation a daily part of their schedule because of great benefits, and practice truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance.

As Mr. González sees it, Chinese culture is part of Mexico’s culture, and Chinese culture has also “spread all over the world.”

“All the other countries have a part of that culture—they live it, they have embraced it somehow,” he said. “I think it is worth seeing it.”

Several dance pieces in Shen Yun portray the modern environment in China, which is almost the complete opposite of that of ancient times. Mr. González said that those scenes, showing the Chinese people living abroad what is happening in their country, touched him.

What Shen Yun is doing, reviving the ancient culture, “it’s very important, and enormous work,” said Mr. González.

Reporting by Mei Jiang and Zachary Stieber

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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Shen Yun Dancers’ Costumes: ‘Made beautiful visuals,’ Says Businessman http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/shen-yun-dancers-costumes-made-beautiful-visuals-says-businessman-376895.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/shen-yun-dancers-costumes-made-beautiful-visuals-says-businessman-376895.html#comments Sat, 11 May 2013 07:31:21 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=376895

CHICAGO—“I thought it would be unusual , and it certainly is,” said Bill Bailes at intermission of the Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company’s performance at Chicago’s Cadillac Palace on May 10.

“Unusual, I didn’t know what to expect,” said the housewares importer. “I haven’t seen anything like it before. We have enjoyed it so far and look forward to the next act.”

Shen Yun’s mission is to bring to life 5,000 years of divinely bestowed culture through traditional arts. Specifically, Shen Yun tells stories of myths, legends and history through classical Chinese dance, traditional folk and ethnic dance, classically trained vocalists, and orchestral music with traditional Western and Eastern instruments.

“I enjoyed the girls with the multi-colored skirts. It made beautiful visuals,” Mr. Bailes said.

The hallmark of Shen Yun is classical Chinese dance with its distinctive and compete dance system of “postures, leaps, flips, spins and other difficult tumbling techniques.”

Also unique to the company is its use of costumes and simple props, such as handkerchiefs twirling in the air to create the effect of flowers.

“I know that it is an ancient culture, and it is certainly interesting to watch how they perform, and all of wonderful, beautiful movements that they make.”

Reporting by Stacey Tang and Cat Rooney

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

Shen Yun Performing Arts’ last scheduled performances for this season are in Chicago on May 10-12 and Syracuse, May 12.

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Shen Yun, ‘It’s a very good feeling’ Says Professor http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/shen-yun-it-s-a-very-good-feeling-says-professor-376864.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/shen-yun-it-s-a-very-good-feeling-says-professor-376864.html#comments Sat, 11 May 2013 07:20:21 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=376864 Jeanne Lee and Dr. Patrick McCray enjoy an evening at Shen Yun Performing Arts at Chicago's Cadillac Palace, on Friday, May 10. (Valerie Avore/The Epoch Times)

Jeanne Lee and Dr. Patrick McCray enjoy an evening at Shen Yun Performing Arts at Chicago's Cadillac Palace, on Friday, May 10. (Valerie Avore/The Epoch Times)

CHICAGO—”It was fantastic! It was a delight!” exclaimed Dr. Patrick McCray, who taught mathematics, joined the full-house audience at the Cadillac Palace, Friday May 10, in welcoming the return of Shen Yun Performing Arts to Chicago.

This is the second time the professor attended the world-renowned show and he eagerly anticipated seeing it again. “Very enjoyable … looked forward to everything. It’s really nice!”

Shen Yun’s mission is to bring to the world a lost treasure, 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture through the universal language of dance and music.

It was this universality and the message Dr. McCray saw in the performances that touched him. “They tell stories with the dance and they use facial gestures and body language to tell a story since there was no difficulty in understanding. How could this be? I don’t speak Chinese but these are Chinese people, yet there was no problem at all in their communication. To see that universality lasting over between the West and the East, between today and thousands of years ago, it’s amazing!”

He felt that although the performances depicted classical legends, the themes were, “So contemporary and so everlasting. It was amazing! The stories, it seems like just yesterday instead of thousands of years ago!”

Dr. McCray saw universal principles in the performances and said, “There was a spirituality. I think today rushing around we may not think of that all the time, but that was the underlying thread of everything. They had a notion of heaven which I wouldn’t have thought, and it has a notion, the creator … of the spirituality of divine, of the culture.”

He said he would take home with him a feeling of “peace, it’s a a very good feeling.”

Reporting by Valerie Avore and Jeanmarie Lunsford

Shen Yun Performing Arts is performing at Cadillac Palace Theater, Chicago through May 12.

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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Shen Yun in Chicago: ‘Very colorful and uplifting,’ Says Retired Treasurer http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/shen-yun-in-chicago-very-colorful-and-uplifting-says-retired-treasurer-376890.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/shen-yun-in-chicago-very-colorful-and-uplifting-says-retired-treasurer-376890.html#comments Sat, 11 May 2013 06:28:36 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=376890

CHICAGO—“It was very, very wonderful, very picturesque, and a lot of color,” said Herald Downs. He was referring to the May 10 evening performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company at Chicago’s Cadillac Palace.

Shen Yun is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company. It has three touring companies performing simultaneously in Asia, North America, Europe and Australia for a six month period, which concludes the 2013 tour on May 12.

“I’m very impressed with all the dancing,” said the retired treasurer at Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Chicago. “It was very well done.”

The mission of Shen Yun is to revive 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture through dance-based storytelling of beloved myths, legends, and ancient and current history.

Each short dance or solo performance begins with the curtain rising on performers in front of an animated digital backdrop. This backdrop not only sets the stage for the story, it even interacts with the performers.

Mr. Downs described the state-of-the-arts backdrops as “Wonderful. The special effects were different [with the dancers] flying off into the screen and all of that. Very, very, well done.”

In a portrayal of the classic Journey of the West, the audience met Monkey King and Pigsy and witnessed the redemption of an ogre. Mr. Downs enjoyed this piece: “That was something different. That was really fantastic how that was worked through. I’ll have to find out how they did that.”

He said, referring again to the animated backdrop.

Mr. Downs enjoyed Shen Yun Performing Arts Orchestra as well. “Very nice. It kept things going,” he said.

Each of the 20 mini-dramas or ethnic dance is introduced by two emcees in both English and Chinese. “They are very well done. The explanations were good. You could tell what was coming to some extent,” Mr. Downs said.

For Mr. Downs the performance was “very colorful and very uplifting. Very bright and cheerful. … very upbeat.”

Mr. Downs thought that Shen Yun cannot be performed in China and he is right.

“Over its past 60 years of rule, the communist regime has treated traditional Chinese values—centered on the idea of harmony between heaven and earth—as a threat to its existence. And in its systematic campaigns like the Cultural Revolution, it has uprooted traditional beliefs and destroyed ancient treasures—bringing traditional 5,000 years of civilization to the brink of extinction,” states Shen Yun’s website.

Since Shen Yun is based in New York it has the freedom to express this traditional culture outside of China.

Reporting by Teresa Yin and Cat Rooney

Shen Yun Performing Arts is performing at Cadillac Palace Theater, Chicago through May 12.

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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Shen Yun at the Cadillac Palace ‘Flawless and cutting edge’ http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/shen-yun-at-the-cadillac-palace-flawless-and-cutting-edge-376856.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/shen-yun-at-the-cadillac-palace-flawless-and-cutting-edge-376856.html#comments Sat, 11 May 2013 06:04:54 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=376856 Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company's curtain call at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theater, on May 11. (The Epoch Times)

Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company's curtain call at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theater, on May 11. (The Epoch Times)

CHICAGO—It was a cool night for May as Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company opened with their first performance at the Cadillac Palace Theater in downtown Chicago.

As people hustled out into the marble-laden lobby and foyer, Joseph Dixler, Vice President of an Industrial Manufacturing Corporation pondered on a performance he would come to describe as, “excellent, very exciting, and different.”

Shen Yun aims to recapture traditional Chinese culture through dance and song. Mr. Dixler, who had visited China in the past five times had seen shows, “but this company is really special and unique,” as he puts it.

The performance integrates a high-definition backdrop which interacts with the players with precision that leaves many spectators in awe of the timing, “the digital work that they did on the backdrops are incredible, really cutting edge as we say,” continued Mr. Dixler. “When you see the images coming forward onto the stage from the backdrop, it’s very, very effective.”

Both Mr. Dixler and his wife had never seen a backdrop like that used before.

Rosalie Dixler, retired travel agent, and wife of Joseph commented that, “what they’re doing has great variety. A story dance that stood out for her was called Sand Monk Is Blessed, which featured the popular character the Monkey King.

All the performances feature a live full orchestra nestled in the pit next to and under the stage. In describing the music of the various pieces: “they’re very very good and the thing that’s very interesting is that the music and dance keep your interest all the time, you do not get bored at all.”

Another scene that stood out for Mrs. Dixler was one entitled, Ancient Elegance. In this scene beautiful fairies use silk sleeves in their delicate dance rhythms. “I like the way they are using their sleeves, it’s beautiful.”

The technical skills in classical Chinese dance in the performances often has audience members clapping as the dancers execute them to great detail. “Everything is flawless and very, very interesting,” said Mrs. Dixler who thought the integration of the jumping, turning, and flipping techniques “into the dance is done beautifully.”

Reporting by Teresa Yin and Paul Darin

Shen Yun Performing Arts is performing at Cadillac Palace Theater, Chicago through May 12.

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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Dance, Theatrics, Songs of Shen Yun: Beautiful http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/dance-theatrics-songs-of-shen-yun-beautiful-376886.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/dance-theatrics-songs-of-shen-yun-beautiful-376886.html#comments Sat, 11 May 2013 05:21:03 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=376886

CHICAGO—Brent Terry came to the Shen Yun performance with an existing appreciation of Chinese culture and Ginny Leamy of dance, and they left having enjoyed all of what Shen Yun offers in traditional culture, dance, and music.

“When I first saw the ad [for Shen Yun] … I knew she would like it because of the dance and everything else, and for me it was a little different because I enjoy more of the culture side of it.

They attended the May 10 evening performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company at Chicago’s Cadillac Palace.

Shen Yun is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company. Its mission is to revive 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture through dance-based storytelling of beloved myths, legends, and ancient and current history.

“I just love the dance of it, the color. I love the music of it,” said Ms. Leamy a realtor for Coldwell Banker.

Mr. Terry agreed: “I love the music.”

“It was beautiful production,” he said. “The timing of it all, the precision was amazing. The way the dancers integrated with the music and the [stage backdrop’s] video, I’ve never seen anything like that.”

Ms. Leamy noted that Mr. Terry knew more about the history.

“She was laughing at me because I knew the story of the Monkey King,” said Mr. Terry, a private practice attorney for 25 years and now with Coldwell Banker Burnet Corporate.

“I just really more enjoyed the dance and the beauty of it,” she explains.

“The color was amazing,” said Ms. Leamy. “I was in dance when I was younger. So I thought the dance was beautiful. The theatrics were beautiful, and the song was beautiful. I mean the voices were amazing.”

In the dance program An Unexpected Encounter , a father and daughter become caught up in the persecution of Falun Gong in China. They encounter Falun Dafa practitioners bravely holding a banner which reads, “Truthfulness Compassion, Tolerance,” the tenets of their persecuted practice.

“I first heard about Falun Gong, and I became aware of the oppression and things like that. So it was actually kind of neat [to see the dance program],” said Mr. Terry. “… I think it raises awareness, ’cause it is a serious thing, you know. …It’s something that I have really been in tune to for quite a while.”

As for Shen Yun’s portrayal of traditional Chinese culture, Mr. Terry said: “I enjoyed the interpretation of it all, and the way it was presented through this kind of medium.”

“What was cool about it was that for someone who hasn’t been exposed to it. It’s an easy way to talk about it and kind of share what you know about it.”

Reporting by Stacey Tang and Cat Rooney

Shen Yun Performing Arts is performing at Cadillac Palace Theater, Chicago through May 12.

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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Shen Yun ‘Heavenly, out of this world!’ Says Chicago Author http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/shen-yun-heavenly-out-of-this-world-says-chicago-author-376847.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/shen-yun-heavenly-out-of-this-world-says-chicago-author-376847.html#comments Sat, 11 May 2013 05:03:43 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=376847

CHICAGO—Shen Yun Performing Arts’ return to Chicago was enthusiastically welcomed with a full house to the Cadillac Palace, Friday, May 10. Author Jeff Garton exuberantly praised the world-renowned show and said, “Outstanding! I love it!”

Mr. Garton has seen Shen Yun before, and made sure to attend this year. “Spectacular! This is maybe the fourth time I have seen it.”

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world, presenting an all-new program each year.

“Shen Yun is dedicated to revitalizing ancient Chinese culture that was nearly destroyed. Audiences witness the 5,000 years of divinely-inspired culture and history of China told through story telling of beloved legends and myths with classical Chinese dance, folk and ethnic dance, and original music”, states the Shen Yun website.

He was amazed by the performances, and said, “The dancing was very athletic, very graceful, very beautiful. The colors are just spectacular!”

Further elaborating about the dances he added, “Outstanding, amazingly flexible! Just very passionate. I love it!”

Mr. Garton had high praise for the Shen Yun Orchestra, a unique blend of classical Western and Chinese instruments, and said, “I think the orchestra is just fantastic. They add much to the dimension.”

Through a series of story-based dances, Shen Yun depicts “heavenly realms, ancient legends and modern-day epics,” the Shen Yun website states.

“The colors are out of this world. Heavenly,” describes Mr. Garton.

Mr. Garon was moved by the performance, An Unexpected Encounter, a father and daughter become caught up in the persecution of Falun Dafa in China.

Reporting by Teresa Yin and Jeanmarie Lunsford

Shen Yun Performing Arts is performing at Cadillac Palace Theater, Chicago through May 12.

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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Shen Yun is an ‘Excellent, Fabulous, Unbelievable’ Show Says Civil Engineer http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/shen-yun-is-an-excellent-fabulous-unbelievable-show-says-civil-engineer-376849.html http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/shen-yun-on-tour/shen-yun-is-an-excellent-fabulous-unbelievable-show-says-civil-engineer-376849.html#comments Sat, 11 May 2013 04:21:56 +0000 Epoch Times http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/?p=376849

CHICAGO—On May 10 at the Cadillac Palace, a full-house enthusiastically greeted Shen Yun Performing Arts’ return to The Windy City.

Franklin Alexander, a structural and civil engineer and private pilot, described the performance as “excellent, fabulous, unbelievable.”

The opening dance program Descending to the World was “Marvelous, beautiful. I can say as there are no words to describe the opening. But, it is great and excellent,” Mr. Alexander said.

Shen Yun’s mission is to bring to the world a lost treasure, 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture through the universal language of dance and music.

At the heart of Shen Yun is classical Chinese dance, an extensive and independent dance system known for its physical expression and postures, leaps, flips, spins, and other difficult tumbling techniques.

“The motion of the actors and players was in unison and nothing went wrong,” he said.

He explained, “It was timed, unbelievable, as if there was a computer in every single lady. Like there was a computer set in their hand to get this thing set in unison like that. The timing too is very important, and I’m really shocked about that.”

Another unique feature of Shen Yun is the use of animated digital backdrops that “transport the audience to another world. Projected behind the dancers, the hi-tech images lift the stage and set it amidst blossoming landscapes, deep forests, Mongolian prairies, or celestial paradises,” states the company’s website.

Mr. Alexander was impressed with the beauty of the backdrops and the unison with the dancers and the backdrops. “All timed, they would go up, down, and come back. That was fabulous! That’s the first time I’d seen something like this, direct with the pictures.”

At intermission Mr. Alexander said his feel for the performance was excellent. He exclaimed, “$200 for a ticket … that’s nothing! It should have been more than this, it is worth it!”

He described the spiritual impact Shen Yun had on him as “When I hear that kind of theme and that music I’m relaxed, really. It puts me in a mood—relaxation, just fly with them, like I was just flying with them. That’s very nice, very nice!”

Mr. Alexander thinks his friends would enjoy the show too. He said, “I’d push them to come here. I’m going to pressure them. Go and see this thing, this act. … this marvelous thing.”

Reporting by Valerie Avore and Cat Rooney

Shen Yun Performing Arts is performing at Cadillac Palace Theater, Chicago through May 12.

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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Actor Carlos Gascón at the Shen Yun Performing Arts performance at the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City on May 6, 2013. (Jennifer Pascual/The Epoch Times)

Actor Carlos Gascón at the Shen Yun Performing Arts performance at the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City on May 6, 2013. (Jennifer Pascual/The Epoch Times)

MEXICO CITY—The curtain opened to Shen Yun Performing Arts for the first time in Mexico on Monday, May 6 at the Auditorio Nacional.

Among the audience members who witnessed the performance of the New York-based classical Chinese dance and music company was well-known actor Carlos Gascón.

The Spanish-born Mr. Gascón most recently played in the film, “Nosotros Los Nobles” (2013), which has since become the highest-grossing film in Mexico’s history.

“The dancers are wonderful; it’s amazing, the musicians are also fantastic,” Mr. Gascón said, adding that he also enjoyed the colorful hand-made costumes used in the performance.

Over the course of its over 2.5-hour long program, Shen Yun takes audiences on a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture, telling stories and depicting breath-taking scenes from heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales.

As someone who appreciates Asian culture, Mr. Gascón praised Shen Yun for presenting the Chinese culture.

With reporting by Jennifer Pascual

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

Shen Yun Performing Arts’s last scheduled performances for this season are in Chicago on May 10-12 and Syracuse, May 12.

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Regina Torné was glad she saw Shen Yun Performing Arts at Mexico City's Auditorio Nacional on May 8. (Karina Rubio/The Epoch Times)

Regina Torné was glad she saw Shen Yun Performing Arts at Mexico City's Auditorio Nacional on May 8. (Karina Rubio/The Epoch Times)

MEXICO CITY—Mexican actress Regina Torné was delighted after seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts.

“I’m glad I came,” she said after seeing the New York-based company on May 8 at Auditorio Nacional. “This is something I recommend to every sensitive person, and for those who are not sensitive, well, they should come and they will become sensitive.”

Ms. Torné has acted in dozens of films and television series since 1966 and now owns her own acting academy in Puebla. Her acting career garnered several awards, including the ACE’s “Best Actress” award in 1995.

The illustrious actress said that the rich Chinese history in Shen Yun gave her hope for the future.

“These are 5,000 years of civilization brought here, to this world that is so messed-up, so full of filth, of bad intentions, of sadness,” she said. “This makes us have more faith.”

Shen Yun tours the world with one mission—to revive the 5,000-year-old Chinese culture, and all of it’s vast cultural lexicon, including many myths and legends, and also many principles and virtues.

“Sophisticated dance techniques, an orchestra joining instruments East and West, beautiful costumes, and a stunning back drop—this is Shen Yun at first glance,” explains the company’s website. “But digging deeper, one discovers a sea of traditional Chinese culture. Mortals and divine beings merge on stage as one. Principles such as benevolence and justice, propriety and wisdom, respect for the heavens, and divine retribution, all come to life, washing over the audience. Originating from Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism, these ideals are the essence of traditional Chinese culture.”

Ms. Torné praised the artists of Shen Yun.

“I want to congratulate all the performers, the choreographers, the musicians, the composers, the singers,” she said. “It is really a breath of hope.”

Reporting by Karina Rubio and Zachary Stieber

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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