LOS ANGELES—“I am absolutely, utterly amazed at what I just saw, heard—it was absolutely awe-inspiring, and my heart is smiling” shared Marina Francesca Kelly, a litigation attorney. She was among audience members at the acclaimed Shen Yun Performing Arts performance, staged at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Jan. 25.
“It was the most spectacular show I have ever seen! It was awesome, beyond awesome! Every inch of my body is smiling—every single core in my being. I am so, so happy, and so incredibly blessed and grateful that people can actually do this, and that they shared it with me. I just wish that more people could see it,” she said.
New York-based Shen Yun travels the globe bringing divinely-inspired, authentic Chinese culture, and sharing the Chinese classic arts with the world. Through music and dance, Shen Yun depicts the various ethnic groups, majestic dynasties, and magical legends spanning 5,000 years of civilization.
“I have such an appreciation for the array of talent that was exhibited this evening, from the musicians to the singers to the dancers, to the storytelling, to the sharing of this culture, to the beauty of the costumes, to the celebration of the art—it was an experience that I will never, ever forget—ever.”
The stage, illuminated with brilliant color from the costumes, employs elements of contrast and harmony, as well as from the high tech state of the art background with images of far-away times and places, according to the company’s website.
“There was something that told me I had to be here, and the entire performance was an exhibition of true talent, beauty, vividness of color, celebration of life and joy and culture and diversity, and the actual performers emanated true energy, beauty, appreciation for what they were doing, and it came through to the audience immediately.”
According to Shen Yun’s website, “In less than ten minutes each, Shen Yun dances recount ancient myths, bygone heroes, or celestial paradises. Whether set in the past or in contemporary China, every dance embodies traditional Chinese values. Ideals of loyalty, filial piety, and veneration for the divine are cherished and celebrated. Heroes are extolled for their compassion and tolerance as much as their courage or determination when facing adversity.”
Contemplating the values depicted in the show, Ms. Kelly said, “This show helps me to appreciate every moment of my own life. Because of the story behind it, it shared a human being’s experience in a different culture from mine, but it relates to me because the messages were so similar. The messages, the values, the truths, what we all really want in life, joy, happiness, overcoming adversity—basic human needs and desires, which are universal, absolutely universal.
It has absolutely changed my life.
—Marina Francesca Kelly
“To think that this is an art that is 5,000 years old, and here I am in 2013 seeing it and totally relating to it, is the most remarkable, rewarding journey that took place in two hours. It’s changed my life. It has absolutely changed my life, and I will always honor my instincts as a result of this show. I will honor them. If my heart tells me because I’ve seen a brochure 20 times, that I must see this show, I will remember to always honor my instincts.”
Ms. Kelly expressed her true hope, “That more people could see this show, just so that they can experience even an inch of what I’ve experienced this evening, it would truly be a remarkable gift from God above.
“My wish is that more people hear about it, learn about it, and actually get to experience it, because it will change them forever. It will make their life truly extraordinary in a way that is totally unique,” she said.
“There are tears in my heart for the people that don’t get to see this. I thought of so many people that I know that would truly appreciate the gift of being able to experience this last two hours, and I am so blessed, and I thank [Shen Yun]. It will stay with me for the rest of my life. It will never leave me, ever,” she said.
To Shen Yun Performing Arts, Ms. Kelly said this, “Thank you. Thank you! I had no idea about this type of performing arts. I had never heard of it before. I read the brochure, and it immediately captured my interest. I was very appreciative of some of the background that was shared by the people who introduced each dance.
“What I say to Shen Yun Performing Arts. Continue doing what you’re doing forever. Continue to get those talented people. Don’t stop, because you change people’s lives. You have changed people’s lives, and you will change people’s lives. So please, I beseech you, continue to do what you’re doing. Continue to inspire and motivate all of us who have an opportunity to share in your talent. Oh, I’m so happy. Thank you!” she said.
In conclusion, Ms. Kelly reiterated, “My heart is smiling. My heart is smiling, and it will smile for a very long time. For the remainder of my life, every time I think of this show and this day, I’m going to smile.”
Reporting by Jana Li and Masha Savitz.
Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will perform in Los Angeles at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Jan. 25 through 27. Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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