MELBOURNE, Fla.—Retired judge Carmine Rao and his wife, Isabelle, were moved by the mercy, the joy, the “whole life story” presented onstage by New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts.
“It was extraordinary!” Mrs. Rao said. “One of the most wonderful things I’ve ever seen, and I’m involved a lot in theater. This was beyond our wildest dreams.”
The couple, from Rhode Island, spent the evening of May 2 in the King Center for the Performing Arts after having found Shen Yun advertised in Florida Today.
Shen Yun’s debut performance in Melbourne received a standing ovation from the full house. Melbourne, on Florida’s Space Coast, is about 60 miles southeast of Orlando.
“When we mentioned it [Shen Yun], we heard others who had seen it and were going to it in other parts of Florida,” Mrs. Rao said.
“We heard about this show, but they couldn’t even tell us how beautiful it was. It’s something you must see and witness to really realize the beauty of it,” she said.
“Through the universal language of music and dance, Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales, taking you on a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture,” the company’s website states. “It’s stunning beauty and tremendous energy leave audiences uplifted and inspired.”
Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company—one of Shen Yun’s three companies that tour the world’s top venues—presented the evening’s performance.
Shen Yun has become a global sensation since its inception in 2006, with its award-winning dancers and singers and a full-scale orchestra that harmoniously blends the sounds of East and West.
Mr. Rao loved the choreography. He said the music was top-notch and the orchestra was incredible.
“He’s a judge,” Mrs. Rao said. “He judges very well—and he judged this the best show he’s ever seen!”
Feeling emotional about the performance, Mrs. Rao shared how the divine and spiritual aspects were “absolutely as beautiful as the physical aspect of it.”
Mr. Rao agreed, “It was wonderful.”
Shen Yun’s website explains, “Mortals and divine beings merge on stage as one. Principles such as benevolence and justice, propriety and wisdom, respect for the heavens, and divine retribution, all come to life, washing over the audience.”
“We enjoyed it tremendously,” Mr. Rao said. “In fact, we’re coming back next year.”
Reporting by Sally Sun and Adam Miller
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.
The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.