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Shen Yun in Indianapolis ‘It has been quite an experience’

‘A look into the culture’ says artist


Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 6, 2013 Last Updated: February 7, 2013
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Barb and Ron Kielkowski had glowing words about Shen Yun Performing Arts in Indianapolis, on Jan. 6. (Courtesy of NTD Television)

Barb and Ron Kielkowski had glowing words about Shen Yun Performing Arts in Indianapolis, on Jan. 6. (Courtesy of NTD Television)

INDIANAPOLIS—Having not seen Shen Yun Performing Arts before or known what to expect, Ron and Barb Kielkowski had glowing words about the experience at the Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University on Jan. 6.

”I didn’t know what to expect, and it has really been quite an experience, a look into the culture,” said Mrs. Kielkowski, an oil and acrylics painter. “I was really in admiration of all the talent.”

“Shen Yun is very emotional very energetic very enthusiastic,” said Mr. Kielkowski, an engineer. “I loved seeing the young people dance, perform, sing, very talented dancers and musicians.”

Shen Yun Performing Arts’ mission is to revive 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture through classical Chinese dance and music. Classical Chinese dance is a distinct and systematic system of dance which requires great skill of the dancers.

“It was beautiful, really enjoyed it quite a bit,” Mrs. Kielkowski stated.

Mr. Kielkowski described the performance as “very beautiful, expressed much more emotion, and much more color then I had ever expected.”

“Very colorful and very talented dancers.”

His wife added, “All the energy!”

Another hallmark of Shen Yun is the dazzling, handmade, and colorful costumes and stage effects, executed with digital backdrops.

“The spectacular colors across the stage, streaming sleeves—it was just wonderful to watch,” said Mrs. Kielkowski, remarking on some of the flowing costumes.

She would tell friends: “They should come … that will be their last chance until next year”

‘I learned’

T.R. and Deni Jacks enjoyed Shen Yun’ Performing Arts in Indianapolis on Jan. 6. (Courtesy of NTD Television)

T.R. and Deni Jacks enjoyed Shen Yun’ Performing Arts in Indianapolis on Jan. 6. (Courtesy of NTD Television)

T.R. and Deni Jacks also enjoyed Shen Yun’s performance depicting true traditional culture through the arts of dance, orchestral music, and vocal soloists.

“It was fantastic.” Mrs. Jack said. “I am a classical ballet teacher, so, I really enjoyed your choreography and your style of dance.”

She found the performance also educational, interesting and the costumes, gorgeous. “I learned … that aerials … had been used in your choreography for thousands of years, that’s something that was new to me. I really enjoyed it.”

Mrs. Jack was referring to the technical aspect of classical Chinese dance, which includes tumbling, difficult flips, spins, and leaps. Gymnastics grew out of classical Chinese dance.

Mr. Jacks, who works in finance, said “Oh, it was a wonderful spectacular.”

He also enjoyed the aerial flips performed by the male dancers. “I think they were phenomenal.”

He stated that the singers were excellent and he was pleased that the songs’ lyrics were displayed on the backdrop.

“It was very good, and I would come again next year,” he concluded.

Reporting by NTD Television and Cat Rooney.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. The International Company is performing in Indianapolis at Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University, Feb. 5 and Feb. 6.

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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