Retired Banker: ‘Sit back, relax, and enjoy’ Shen Yun

Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 7, 2013 Last Updated: February 7, 2013
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Robert Bedwell attends Shen Yun Performing Arts in Indianapolis. (Valerie Avore/The Epoch Times)

Robert Bedwell attends Shen Yun Performing Arts in Indianapolis. (Valerie Avore/The Epoch Times)

INDIANAPOLIS—Retired banker Robert Bedwell had never heard of Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company before he saw a television ad. But he was not disappointed: “I love the music, I love the arrangements, the singing is fantastic and the dancing—wow, they’re great!” he said.

Mr. Bedwell saw Shen Yun at Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University on Wednesday evening, Feb. 6.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts brings traditional Chinese music and dance to the world. In fact, the company aims at restoring 5,000 years of divinely inspired civilization.

“I wanted to see something different,” said Mr. Bedwell, who once worked for Old Indiana National Bank. He wanted to “sit back, relax, and enjoy” something different.

“Classical Chinese dance has a long history of thousands of years, passed down continuously within the imperial palace and ancient Chinese theater and opera. Soaking up profound wisdom from every era and dynasty, it has become a complete system of dance embodying traditional aesthetic principles with its unique dance movements, rhythms, and inner meaning,” according to Shen Yun’s website.

Because classical Chinese dance is one of the world’s most expressive dance forms, it is ideal for story-telling. Thus, Shen Yun brings ancient stories to life through dance.

On particular dance intrigued Mr. Bedwell, When Shaolin Monks Protected the Emperor. It explains the legend of how the monks of Shaolin monastery came to eat meat, a practice usually forbidden in Buddhism.

Mr. Bedwell also mentioned the animation which connects the digital background to the onstage performers. Figures on the back screen seem to magically come to life when dancers take over their roles.

“It is an interesting night to enjoy,” said Mr. Bedwell as he thought about what to tell his family. “Worth it.”

With reporting by Stacey Tang and Sharon Kilarski.

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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