MILWAUKEE— “I thought it was great, fantastic. I have never seen anything like it and looking forward to coming back again next year,” said Bob Taubert, after seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts for the first time at Milwaukee Theatre on Feb. 19.
New York-based Shen Yun aims to revive China’s 5,000 years of divinely inspired civilization through classical Chinese dance and music. Each performance combines short dances, which often tell stories, with songs by award-winning vocalists singing in the bel canto style.
What impressed Mr. Taubert, the director of Solutions and Architecture at Fidelity National Information Services, was “The way these young people were able to move together so precisely and so athletically, and do it with beauty. It was just gorgeous.”
He truly learned something about Chinese culture: “It’s a very rich culture. … A lot … makes up that fabric. There’s a lot of threads in that fabric, a lot of different—oh, my gosh—a lot of facets to the culture, a lot of different facets to the people who are part of that country, a lot of challenges for thousands of years, and it all kind of unfolded tonight. That was beautiful.”
In addition to classical Chinese dance, Shen Yun presents ethnic and folks dances that represent some of the more than 50 different peoples of China.
The dance that left a lasting memory for Mr. Taubert was called Divine Mercy. It depicts a battle between good and evil in which people gather to demonstrate in support of their belief in Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance. They are brutally suppressed by police but refuse to fight back—thereby truly demonstrating their beliefs. Eventually Heaven protects their righteousness.
“I thought that was great way to put a exclamation point on the evening,” Mr. Taubert said.
Reporting by Stacey Tang and Sharon Kilarski.
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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