ATLANTA—Ancient legends, myths, and 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese civilization came to life on stage at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta for Mr. Jim Lenaham, private consultant and former state trade official, on Jan. 8.
“It’s fabulous, it’s wonderful to see someone else celebrating their culture, and just to see the variety of the costumes, the color, the music, the modes, the simple things they celebrated, and the age—5,000 years,” Mr. Lenaham said.
Mr. Lenaham managed international economic development investments at the Georgia Department of Economic Development for 12 years. He worked extensively with Korea and was able to see the Korean culture through performances. He said he was very happy to see Chinese culture presented by Shen Yun.
Mr. Lenaham wanted to thank the artists for “celebrating your history and your heritage.”
He said he felt he learned something from their performance. “And thank you for taking the time to focus on the art and bring it to us so that we can understand a little more about it, and maybe appreciate more about the simple messages that are constant in life,” Mr. Lenaham said.
The New York-based company’s mission is to revive traditional Chinese culture, which cannot be found in China today. Through bel canto style singing, classical Chinese dance, and an orchestra blending Eastern and Western instruments, Shen Yun presents “benevolence, honor, propriety, wisdom, and sincerity, as well as a reverence for the gods and the heavens.”
Mr. Lenaham said he enjoyed the dance An Unexpected Encounter, which brings to light the persecution of the spiritual practice Falun Dafa in China today, but presents hope as well. He said for artists to present the history of China while ignoring the story of Falun Dafa would be like telling the history of Atlanta without mentioning the civil rights movement or the Civil War. Mr. Lenaham said he enjoyed Shen Yun’s presentation of both the traditions and the modern reality of China.
Reporting by Mary Silver and Catherine Yang.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s International Company will be performing once more at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre on Jan. 9. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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