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Music Educator: Shen Yun ‘A Jewel’


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Created: December 15, 2012 Last Updated: December 15, 2012
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Mr. Ariel Cohen and Mrs. Regina Braied. (Manuel Pascual/The Epoch Times)

Mr. Ariel Cohen and Mrs. Regina Braied. (Manuel Pascual/The Epoch Times)

BUENOS AIRES—Musician, educator, and radio broadcaster Regina Braied was among the arts lovers at Shen Yun Performing Arts at Teatro Ópera Citi on Dec. 14.

Mrs. Braied, who founded an education center in Argentina to promote and teach music, said Shen Yun was a jewel for her country. She also has a radio program “precisely dedicated to the dissemination of musical art,” she said.

“Tomorrow morning I am going to call a lot of people I know so they don’t miss it—it’s a jewel to have this here in Buenos Aires,” she said. The Shen Yun International Company is visiting only Buenos Aires in South America this season. 

Mrs. Braied appreciated the company’s visit. “It’s a great addition to the culture in our country, to be able to appreciate the sensitivity, the sweetness, that [Shen Yun] transmits.” 

New York-based Shen Yun is a classical Chinese dance and music company. According to its website, the company seeks to revive 5,000 years of civilization through traditional Chinese art forms. 

Mrs. Braied has studied music throughout her life in Argentina and Europe. She teaches with the Dalcroze method and the Kodaly method, which use ear training and improvisation, and connect music, movement, mind, and body.

She said the orchestra, which combines traditional Chinese instruments with Western instruments, resonated deeply with her. “The music—it penetrates and it wraps around you through the movements of the dancers,” she said. She said the “good balance between the movements and the instruments revealed the dancer’s character.”

Mrs. Braied attended the show with her grandson Arial Cohen, who is also a musician. Mr. Cohen said Shen Yun offered Argentina a new type of art and culture. 

“It’s not common seeing these dances, that music, the costumes, the concepts,” said Mr. Cohen. He said the artists created a very good impression.

According to the Shen Yun website, the show features a variety of stories that span China’s 5,000 year history and aim to embody traditional Chinese values. 

“Ideals of loyalty, filial piety, and veneration for the divine are cherished and celebrated. Heroes are extolled for their compassion and tolerance as much as their courage or determination when facing adversity,” says the website. 

Speaking as an educator, Mrs. Braied said Shen Yun’s story-based dances and upright human values could teach younger generations to treasure peace and empathy for others. 

“Through [traditional Chinese] culture you reach towards peace, to faith and the development of sensitivity,” she said. “We should motivate people from childhood to have this sensitivity.” 

She said she wanted as many people as possible to experience Shen Yun.

“I hope everybody can see this show—even more so for the young people— that they can know what is good music, good dance, even the movements, that sweetness they transmit.”

Reporting by Julia Cortes and Justina Wheale 

Shen Yun International Company will be performing in Buenos Aires Dec. 13-21 before travelling to back to the U.S., starting with shows in Houston Dec. 26-Jan. 1

New York-based Shen Yun has three companies that tour the world each year on a mission to revive 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture.

For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

 

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