CHARLOTTE, N.C—Shen Yun Performing Arts performances sold-out in North Carolina’s largest city and the nation’s second largest financial center.
Based in New York, Shen Yun presents 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture through classical Chinese music and dance.
Shen Yun will grace the stage at the Charlotte Knight Theater with a three performances. The Charlotte Knight Theater ranks among the leading performing arts centers in the nation.
L.C and Annette Lynch brought their four of five daughters to Shen Yun’s Jan. 27, matinee performance.
Mr. Lynch is the owner of Stone by Lynch, the Southeast’s premier stone masonry company for residential and commercial installations. His company webpage states that it’s stone masters are artists and have a passion for finding the inherent beauty in stone.
Mrs. Lynch said that she loves Shen Yun.
“I do—I love it,” she said. Mr. Lynch wondered if his daughters would find the performance exciting and if they would like the Shen Yun costumes and dances. His daughters, Emma Joy, 7, Story Beth and Anna Beth, both 6, all agreed that they loved Shen Yun.
Shen Yun Dancers ‘Magnificent’
Jia Song, her husband, and her daughters attended Shen Yun on Jan. 27 matinee performance. Mrs. Song was with her daughter, Joann Ma, a marketing student, dancer, and a ‘Miss China’ in the 2012 Miss Asia Carolinas pageant, hosted by the Carolinas Asian-American Chamber of Commerce in Charlotte.
Mrs. Song’s husband said that they wanted to see Shen Yun a week earlier at the Raleigh, N.C performance, but missed it there. He was happy that his family could see Shen Yun in Charlotte, N.C.
“Classical Chinese dance is something that’s sort of been forgotten,” he said, commenting that during his time in China he had only seen the type of dance used for communist movements since the 50s.
After nearly 60 years of communist rule in China, and notably during the Great Cultural Revolution, the virtues and values of traditional Chinese culture, like benevolence, honesty, and propriety, were nearly destroyed.
Shen Yun was established by a group of classical Chinese artists with the desire to revive the essence and true “divinely inspired” Chinese culture.
“They seem to be bringing that back and I like that. It seems to have fallen by the way side,” Mrs. Song’s husband said.
Mrs. Song is a teacher of Chinese and has just started teaching classical Chinese dance. She said the Shen Yun dancers were magnificent.
She said that Shen Yun’s digital backdrops were wonderful and that she has never seen anything like it.
“It’s like a live person goes in and flies away—Its wonderful,” Mrs. Song said.
The Shen Yun Orchestra and dancers performing in unison impressed Mrs. Song and she wondered how they stayed focused with such a beautiful dance and wonderful orchestra. “The dancers are just great,” she said.
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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