JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—“It’s wonderful,” exclaimed Carol Kines, who attended Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Times-Union Center for Performing Arts on Jan. 29.
Based in New York, Shen Yun presents 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture through classical Chinese music and dance.
Ms. Kines teaches qigong and owns and shares a practice with a clinical hypnotherapist.
She said that Shen Yun’s costumes and artists’ talent is amazing: “It’s all just beautiful, and colorful, and amazing.”
Shen Yun’s digital backdrops are phenomenal, according to Ms. Kines.
“It’s very nice,” she said. One reason she is a Shen Yun fan is that she enjoys traditional Chinese culture.
She added that Shen Yun is different from the average American entertainment. “It’s nice to see something a little more gentle, graceful, and honorable, though it’s not simple because the production is amazing,” Ms. Kines said.
Shen Yun was established in 2006 by a group of classical Chinese artists with the desire to revive the true, divinely inspired Chinese culture, according to the company’s website. Currently, Shen Yun is not able to perform in China due to communist rule, which has sought to destroy the true Chinese culture.
Ms. Kines said that she appreciates the underlying freedom and spirituality of the production: “I see that’s there’s a lot of involvement with the higher realms always coming in to assist when there are wrongs that are being done, and in many situations that’s what we depend on—something that’s based on faith, something beyond ourselves and always there to support us,” she said.
“I appreciate that weaving in and out of all the stories,” Ms. Kines said.
Suzanne Nilsson, a substitute teacher, and Roger Nilsson, a security officer, attended Shen Yun on Jan. 29. “We loved it,” Mrs. Nilsson said.
She said that Shen Yun’s digital backdrops are fabulous, and the dancers are “athletic, exquisite, beautiful, handsome, and talented.”
“It’s just so elegant—the way they move, yet they’re so athletic. We’re just mesmerized,” Mrs. Nilsson said.
According to Mrs. Nilsson, she and her husband had been looking forward to Shen Yun, and it was even more than she thought it would be. She said everything was glowing, and she kept thinking that she wanted more and more of Shen Yun.
Mrs. Nilsson said that the emcees added a lot to the performance, and she enjoyed the female emcee speaking Chinese in addition to the male emcee speaking English. “I just think that’s nice for the ambiance. …. We love it, and we’re enchanted,” she said during intermission.
Reporting by An Xin, NTD Television, and Kelly Ni.
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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