LAS VEGAS—Shen Yun Performing Arts visited Las Vegas, and one broadcast personality felt grateful. “To bring this beauty here to Las Vegas was not only a blessing, but a gift,” said Charmaine Lee Paliotta.
The author, business owner and inspirational speaker hosts a radio show. When she saw Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company in the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, she felt the experience was extraordinary. “To share something that not everyone is well aware of, and the dancers, and the music and colors, it was just magic.”
For her, it was more than entertaining. “The show is phenomenal. It’s inspirational, it’s spiritual,” Ms. Paliotta said.
To her, Shen Yun lived up to its name, which literally translates as: “the beauty of divine beings dancing,” according to its website. “If you were to pray and you knew that the beauty of God came, that’s what it felt like. Just being in that audience and knowing that every one of them brought that out.” Ms. Paliotta said.
One of the things that made it remarkable for her was the esprit de corps of the dancers. “The synchronicity of the whole group is just amazing. What I like about it is that it brought out your childlike inner self, as well as the love of their country, the love of one another as a team.”
She was touched by the sense of unity she saw in the artists. “It’s really inspiring to see because of the love that they have for one another, as well as the care. Not only the care, but bringing out the beauty from their heart.”
She said they exemplified the true spirit of the people of China, because “they just love to dance and bring out that spirit, and they took responsibility and accountability. I have never seen anything like that, and I have been in the entertainment industry for a while, too. So I understand how it has to come together. The timing is just so beautiful.”
Shen Yun’s mission is to revive China’s 5,000-year-old civilization. According to its website, “Humanity’s treasure was nearly lost, but through breathtaking music and dance, Shen Yun is bringing back this glorious culture.”
Ms. Paliotta would say it is succeeding. “Everything! Everything was in perfect synchronicity. Perfection. It just brought out everything, the color, the vibrance. Everything went together because of everyone being together, the music, just everything!”
She hopes all people will share the joy of seeing Shen Yun, because it will remind them of what is most precious in the world, spirituality and caring. She said, “Everyone should see this, because of the way our economy is right now, it’s something that will bring you to reality of, let’s just be together, and not only about love, but about spirit.”
Audience members will learn something good when they attend Shen Yun, in Ms. Paliotta’s opinion. “I really loved everything about it. It was just something that was put together very well to bring out what China is all about, and it’s something that not everybody knows about. Everyone should take the time to get to know what the spirit within this country is all about.”
Ancient, traditional Chinese culture was based in principles such as benevolence and justice, propriety and wisdom, respect for the heavens and divine retribution. It is a divinely inspired culture. The ideals passed down from Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism are the essence of traditional Chinese culture, according to the Shen Yun website.
It’s hard to describe, according to Ms. Paliotta. “How can you explain it unless they come out and see it? They should come and see it,” she said.
Shen Yun closed with a resounding standing ovation.
Reporting by Mandy Huang and Cheryl Casati.
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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