ORLANDO, Fla.—After Shen Yun Performing Arts inspired its final standing ovation, and most theatergoers had filed out of the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center, a slender young lady with upswept hair, wearing a strapless evening dress, stood at a table where Shen Yun books and posters were displayed.
She was asking when the artists would come back to Orlando and when their 2013 choral music DVD would come out.
Miss Semidey responded intensely to Shen Yun. She said, laying her hand on her heart, “It doesn’t only speak to your intellect, but to your soul.”
To her, Shen Yun is an awakening call for our culture. The artists’ mission is to revive China’s divinely inspired 5,000-year-old civilization.
“Sophisticated dance techniques, an orchestra joining instruments East and West, beautiful costumes, and a stunning backdrop—this is Shen Yun at first glance. 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,” the Shen Yun website states.
Miss Semidey was visibly moved as she said, “It is something very awesome. For me, the experience was something more than a show.”
She said the performance touched her soul and “opened my mind in many ways.” “Very creative. I start to express [it], but I don’t have the words to explain.”
She and her family have a marked affinity for Chinese culture. The high school student, originally from Puerto Rico, is studying traditional Chinese calligraphy and learning Mandarin at a Buddhist temple.
She laughed and gestured and said her house is full of Chinese imagery. “I have it decorated like Chinese. Last year, we changed all the floorings to bamboo. Yes, we like it, we like it a lot.”
After encountering the Shen Yun artists for the first time in 2013, she intends to see them again. “I am hoping that they come again next year. That’s what we’re hoping.”
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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