COLUMBUS, Ohio—After Dan Erlewine saw Shen Yun Performing Arts advertised on the front page of the local newspaper, he bought his wife, Joan, the best tickets as a Christmas present and the couple drove two hours from Athens to attend the world-renowned show.
They joined the enthusiastic crowd for the matinee performance at the Ohio Theatre, Sunday, Feb. 10. Mr. Erlewine enthusiastically praised the classical Chinese dance and music show, and said, “I think it’s beautiful! I’ve never seen anything like it, never, ever.”
New York based Shen Yun aims to restore 5,000 years of divinely inspired civilization, and its most celebrated means is classical Chinese dance.
He said, “I got [the tickets] for my wife as a Christmas present, because I thought it looked fantastic. Then I went on the website and saw what it would be like.
“I think it’s beautiful. I’ve never seen anything like it. I’ve never seen costumes like this, I am amazed, I really enjoyed it.”
Mr. Erlewine explained that he owns Dan Erlewine’s Guitar Shop and is a writer. He and his wife also do video production. “We do video production. We’re a musical instrument, tool maker and parts and instrument worldwide supplier. It’s all about music and that’s why we’re here.”
Joan said of Shen Yun, “It’s beautiful.” She also loved the digital projection interacting with the dancers. “The way they go in and out, it’s spectacular.”
As a musician Mr. Erlewine expressed his appreciation for the Shen Yun Orchestra, a unique blend of classical Western and Eastern instruments. “It sounds beautiful and I love the sounds. I love the percussion I love the choreography that goes with it, so a wonderful afternoon.”
He said they had traveled to see the show and were spending the night at a local hotel. “I just thought that Shen Yun looked really interesting,” and he bet they both would like it.
“I checked with my daughters and they all agreed. I just went and got the best tickets I could get and we’re sitting pretty right here.”
Mr. Erlewine appreciated the deep levels of spirituality he saw in the performances. “It’s a really good message it seems to me there’s a lot about the universe and deep thinking. I like it.”
He said he’ll recommend Shen Yun to his friends, “I’ll say you should go the next time it comes near your town. It’s a beautiful experience and I wish I had my little five year old granddaughter here and my other daughters. They would love the costumes!
“I love the costumes. They’re really outstanding!” he said.
Mr. Erlewine said he would have lasting memories of Shen Yun, “On my way home I’ll be thinking about how they move their bodies—so beautifully and quickly. Brilliant. Light on their feet, the lightness of the dancers. It makes me want to go running, spring to get here and start working out.”
Mrs. Erlewine said she also enjoyed the synchronization of the performances, “There are so many people working together, it’s a huge company. It’s just awesome! It’s something you can’t really describe when you go home you can’t really describe it.”
With reporting by Valerie Avore and Jeanmarie Lunsford.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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