Professor Moved by the Depth and Spirituality of Shen Yun

Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 7, 2013 Last Updated: February 8, 2013
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Rick Kieser and Boorn attend Shen Yun Performing Arts in Cincinnati. (Courtesy of NTD Television)

Rick Kieser and Boorn attend Shen Yun Performing Arts in Cincinnati. (Courtesy of NTD Television)

CINCINNATI—Professor Mary Boorn was accompanied by software company CEO, Rick Kieser, to the Shen Yun Performing Arts evening performance at the Aronoff Center for the Arts on Feb. 8.
Ms. Boorn was amazed by Shen Yun’s presentation of classical Chinese dance and music and said, “It’s beautiful! The costumes are amazing, the colors, the dances are just spectacular, such a beautiful combination of elegance and athleticism, and just a wonderful coordination with the music, and I’m really enjoying it!”

“Classical Chinese dance has a long history of thousands of years, passed down continuously within the imperial palace and ancient Chinese theater and opera,” states the Shen Yun website. Each era and dynasty along with its traditional aesthetic principles come alive with Shen Yun.

Ms. Boorn was thoroughly impressed and said, “I think there’s a certain amount of optimism in the dances, and you know the lightness, and the beauty of it.”

Along with being the world’s premier classic Chinese dance company, Shen Yun is known for its innovative digital stage backdrops that interact with the dancers.

Ms. Boorn said she liked the backdrops, “Very much, very much! I was surprised when they would jump off of the stage and onto the screen, and back and forth, that was very cool!”

Mr. Kieser agreed: “I was just going to say that the costumes, I love the way that they flow and it’s very natural. And I like the backdrop. I think that that’s very nice, very creative.”

Mr. Kieser learned about China’s classical culture by watching Shen Yun. “Patience, beauty, and kindness” were the virtues he found expressed.

He added that the performances touched him on a deeper level, and said, “Divine inspiration. I think that that came through the costumes and the fluidity of the movements. It gives you that feeling.”

Ms. Boorn was also moved by the spiritual aspects she saw in the performances and said, “There is quite a bit of the divine. When hardships come, you can tell people to look to the divine.”

Reporting by NTD and Jeanmarie Lunsford.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit

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