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Former Mayor Says Shen Yun Displays ‘Beautiful Culture’


Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 14, 2013 Last Updated: February 17, 2013
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Heather Habelka and Jim Miron, the former mayor of Stratford, Conn., attended Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Palace Theater, on Feb.14. (Hannah Cai/The Epoch Times)

Heather Habelka and Jim Miron, the former mayor of Stratford, Conn., attended Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Palace Theater, on Feb.14. (Hannah Cai/The Epoch Times)

WATERBURY, Conn.—Jim Miron, the former mayor of Stratford, Conn., said Shen Yun Performing Arts provided a pleasant experience at the Palace Theater in Waterbury on Thursday night.

“The different dancers and the color and the training” were laudable, he said.“It’s quite enjoyable, the music is great.”

Shen Yun seeks to revive traditional Chinese culture through performing arts, using classical Chinese dance—a style built on traditional aesthetics with its own set of movements and training methods. The company says that Shen Yun’s performers are among the foremost exponents of dance in the world.

Mr. Miron, who currently works as a lawyer, said he took his girlfriend to see Shen Yun for Valentine’s Day. He said Shen Yun displayed a “long beautiful culture—thousands of years culture—a lot of respect for nature and beauty.”

Each dance piece is accompanied with music provided by an orchestra that combines Western and Chinese instrumentation. 

“The orchestra is really great,” Mr. Miron said, “really quite enjoyable.”

Accompanying Mr. Miron was Heather Habelka, the owner of the Red Poppymarketing company. Ms. Habelka said she enjoyed “the technique of the dancers, the choreography, [and] the costuming.”

“The artistry is really just breathtaking—it’s really an amazing performance,” she said.

Shen Yun’s costumes are inspired from Chinese dynasties and different ethnic groups, the company’s website states.

“It’s so unique an captivating and how impressed I think we both are with everything from the special effects to the costuming to the music. It’s just really an amazing performance, really beautiful and breathtaking,” she said.

New York-based Shen Yun is inspired by the divinity and spirituality that pervaded through 5,000 years of Chinese culture, says the company’s website. It draws upon a wealth of stories and legends passed down from antiquity to convey the inner meanings of the culture to theatergoers.

Reporting by Hannah Cai and Jack Phillips.

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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