COLUMBUS, Ohio—It was the first time for Todd Lynn, CEO of a diagnostic lab, and Hilda Turcotte to see Shen Yun Performing Arts. They found the performance beautiful and not to be missed.
They attended the Shen Yun matinee performance at the Ohio Theatre on Jan. 10 after reading about the performance in the newspaper.
Originally from mainland China, Mr. Lynn was raised in Taiwan and has lived in the United States for most of his life.
“The performance is very different from ordinary performances. I would strongly suggest that [family and friends] come and take a look,” Mr. Lynn said.
“The show was something I did not want to miss,” Ms. Turcotte said.
Shen Yun’s mission is to revitalize traditional Chinese culture, a divinely inspired culture that has been passed down from dynasty to dynasty through the centuries.
In Shen Yun, “one discovers a sea of traditional Chinese culture,” the Shen Yun website states. “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.”
“It is wonderful, and it is beautiful,” Mr. Lynn said. “Overall, it is very good, very good!”
Mr. Lynn said, “It is very well-done, very well-done, especially the costumes of the dancers.” Ms. Turcotte agreed.
Shen Yun features storytelling through classical Chinese dance. “Classical Chinese dance is composed of three main parts: bearing, form, and technical skill. Other than complete training in the fundamentals, it also entails systematic training in movements and postures, as well as very difficult jumping and tumbling techniques,” according to Shen Yun’s website.
“This is a good cultural thing for the young people. We have been around and seen a lot, both of us,” Ms. Turcotte said.
“I would love to have brought my granddaughters,” she said. “They love dancing and singing.”
Mr. Lynn said he would recommend Shen Yun to his family and friends: “You’ve got to come here. I would recommend it.” Ms. Turcotte agreed.
Reporting by Julia Song and Cat Rooney.
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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