NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Media sales manager Greg Pollard felt Shen Yun Performing Arts spoke to him when he saw the performance for the first time at the Tennessee Performing Arts in Nashville, Tenn. on Feb. 15 with his daughter.
“I thought that it was very unique,” Mr. Pollard said of the New York-based company’s revival of 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture through song and dance.
“It was an opportunity to learn something different, about the culture. They did a really good job of explaining what’s going on in China,” Mr. Pollard said.
Shen Yun’s dancers perform classical Chinese dance, which has been refined for thousands of years and developed through the dynasties, according to Shen Yun’s website.
“You really feel through the expressions of the dancers, what they’re trying to say to the rest of the audience,” Mr. Pollard said.
Classical Chinese dance is a “vast and independent system of dance” involving difficult combinations of “leaps, turns, flips, spins, and other aerial and tumbling techniques,” according to Shen Yun’s website. At the same time a “vast and independent system of dance.”
Mr. Pollard said through the dancers’ performance, he felt he understood what the Chinese culture has been through, and the turmoil and repression under the current regime.
Shen Yun traverses the globe with a mission of reviving China’s ancient, divinely inspired culture, following years of that culture’s attempted destruction at the hands of the Chinese communist regime.
“But it also gave an idea that the Chinese culture is very much alive and the people are fighting for what they believe in,” Mr. Pollard said.
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 will give four shows in Nashville from Feb. 15-17. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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