COLUMBUS, Ohio—KeyBank branch managers Bryan Hill and Brent Voss celebrated their third year sponsoring Shen Yun Performing Arts, by attending the performance at Ohio Theater on Sunday, Feb. 9.
“This is definitely an enriching activity, and it’s a great way to be able to be educated on ancient Chinese history,” said Mr. Voss after the Feb.10 matinee performance.
“We find it very rewarding,” he said. “We just find it a great, worthwhile enterprise.”
“I enjoyed all of it,” added Mr. Hill, who is also a classically trained musician.
“I enjoyed the music and listening to the various [instruments]. I also enjoyed all of the costumes.”
Mr. Voss and Mr. Hill are managers at the Columbus KeyBank branch. Key is one of only two of the nation’s largest 25 banks with the highest financial strength rating.
“I find the show definitely very bright, very vibrant, and very educational,” said Mr. Voss. “Just a great performance.”
New York-based Shen Yun is a world-renowned classical Chinese dance and music company that aims to revive 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture.
Mr. Voss said Shen Yun’s story-based dance, which expresses the essence of traditional Chinese beliefs, is a great way to educate the world on these lost values.
“It’s a worthwhile goal to be able to teach and educate through a media such as this, to be able to do it through performing arts. I think a lot of people walk out of here, ask questions, and learn about the Chinese culture, so I think its great,” he said, adding he appreciate the beauty of the traditional values.
“The great belief system, believing in tolerance, also believing in those type of values that we find very important such as tolerance, honesty, integrity. Those are all things I found in the performance, and I just really appreciate it and find it neat.”
Mr. Hill said Shen Yun showed another side of China that the general public is rarely exposed to.
For “many people, the only exposure they will get to ancient Chinese traditional dance and their culture, will be through venues like this,” he said. “So that’s why it is important to come to it and to spread the message and to talk about what is going on over there. This is a way for people who would otherwise only see snippets without really knowing about it in their busy lives, to now really see and understand.”
He added that Shen Yun’s depiction of modern day-human rights abuses and religious persecution in mainland China are valuable, and eye-opening.
“Here in America we have a great understanding and appreciation for shaking off the shackles of oppression and tyranny, but sometimes we might forget the oppression that resides elsewhere,” he said.
“I think anything that shines a light on both the protecting of religious freedom, that’s one of the hallmarks of not only Western civilization which we grew up in, but it’s one of the true hallmarks of mankind, the right to believe and worship as you see fit—which is not, unfortunately, available in present-day China.”
Reporting by NTD Television and Justina Wheale.
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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