ATLANTA—A couple had something to celebrate at Shen Yun at Fox Theatre on Jan. 9. Charles Shaker, a senior sales rep at Unisource, recently became engaged to Deborah Ambrey, who worked 30 years in packaging and design.
“It’s fantastic, the symmetry of it, the beauty of it, and the story,” Ms. Ambrey said.
Ms. Ambrey said she felt her ethnic heritage helped her relate to Shen Yun. “I’m American Indian, so I’m a direct descendent of this.” According to The Tech Museum of Innovation supported by Stanford University, “Most theories say Native American Indians migrated to the American continent from Asia across a land bridge around 11,500 years ago.”
“Our dances are a bit different but there’s a lot of spirituality and beliefs that are the same,” Ms. Ambrey said.
She said she felt the spirituality conveyed in Shen Yun is universal, and “We’re all connected.”
Ms. Ambrey was moved by every detail in the performance. “I noticed the Tibetan colors were Tibetan and I noticed the boots with the laces. I noticed all the detail. I did appreciate that because they didn’t leave out that detail,” she said.
Mr. Shaker said that they were determined to see Shen Yun. “It was inevitable we were going to be here, and it’s better than any other kind of Chinese New Year performance we could think about coming [to], absolutely beautiful. Though he had heard of it many times, and Ms. Ambrey saw one year’s performance in Seattle, it was his first time to see Shen Yun.
Based in New York, Shen Yun presents 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture through classical Chinese music and dance.
The digital projection backdrop displayed behind the performers struck Mr. Shaker. “It’s very good. I think the backdrop and the way the people have that backdrop with the people dropping down and then the people popping up on the screen is very ingenious,” Mr. Shaker said.
According to Shen Yun’s website, the animated backdrops transport the audience to another world.
“The integration is so smooth; they do fly out of the set,” Ms. Ambrey said.
She said that the performance is very moving. “You feel like you can embrace the culture,” she said.
Reporting by Yang Chen and Kelly Ni.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’ International Company will be in Fort Lauderdale from Jan. 11 to Jan. 13. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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