DALLAS—Cable pioneer Nate Levine and former cable company owner Ann Levine got last minute tickets to the sold-out Shen Yun Performing Arts show at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas on Jan. 3.
“We weren’t even sitting together. She has a box seat and I’m, you know, in the middle someplace,” Mr. Levine said. “Because we got the tickets late in the week.”
Mr. Levine started working with cable in the 1960s, wiring his town in Sullivan County, New York when they found the televisions weren’t getting any channels, and founding KLM Video soon after. He was the head engineer of a project for soon-to-be president Lyndon B. Johnson and served on the Board of Directors of the National Cable Television Association, and owned and operated cable television systems across the nation.
“It is a wonderful show and I’m enjoying it and the choreography is tremendous,” Mr. Levine said. “The scenery and the staging and the dancing, and it all comes together so nicely, and we very much enjoy it.”
A digital backdrop sets the scene for each dance, from lush valleys in southern China in the Inspired Dance of the Yi to a Tang Dynasty battleground.
Mrs. Levine said she thought the “the costumes, the choreography … the precision in which that was done and the story that it’s told” were fabulous.
New York-based Shen Yun “was established in 2006 with the mission of reviving 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture,” says Shen Yun’s website. Traditional Chinese values like benevolence, honor, propriety, wisdom, and sincerity, as well as a reverence for the gods come to life on stage through stunning backdrops, classical Chinese dance, vivid costumes, and music.
“It sends a wonderful message. It really does,” Mrs. Levine said, adding that she hoped audiences throughout the world could see it.”
Mr. and Mrs. Levine supported the Ann and Nate Levine Academy so generously that the school’s name was changed in 2005 to honor them.
“Inspiration, Knowledge, and Character,” is its foundation, according to the academy’s website.
“The ‘Truth’ and ‘Compassion’… ‘Tolerance.’ We need that in this world,” Mrs. Levine said of the values brought forward in Shen Yun’s performances. “
She said the performance “was just beautiful. This was our first time and we hope to come again.”
With reporting by NTD Television and Catherine Yang.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s International Company will be performing at Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Jan. 5-6, and at Fox Theatre from Jan. 8-9. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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