LOS ANGELES—Once again sold out! New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company opened tonight, Jan. 25, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to a crowd of enthusiastic cultural devotees. Enjoying the performance was founder and board member of Mobil Trech, Inc. and Executive Vice President Investor Relations of Aire Spring, Tony Lonstein.
Mr. Lonstein found the evening’s performance helpful in strengthening his own spiritual beliefs.
“It is very uplifting, well-coordinated, spiritual, has a meaning and it’s very beautiful,” Mr. Lonstein said. “It’s made me come in at one level, and I’m up at a higher level now.”
When classical Chinese dance is combined with Shen Yun’s orchestra and timed precisely with the digitally mastered backdrops; this adds up to an amazing experience.
Mr. Lonstein particularly enjoyed the dancing and “the way they coordinated with the music in the background.” He thought that was very beautiful. The evening’s performance left Mr. Lonstein feeling really happy.
Shen Yun’s powerful and elegant choreography, beautiful costumes, and brilliant musical score bring to life China’s 5,000 year history, folklore, and ancient traditions.
“I would first describe it as a show you shouldn’t miss. And if you haven’t seen it, come and see it because if you’re feeling a little down, this will lift you up.” he said.
“It’s a very beautiful show with beautiful costumes (and the) choreography is excellent. The theme is clever, the stories beautiful, the dancers are exquisite. The presentation is clever in Chinese and English alike, even though I don’t understand Chinese,” said Mr. Lonstein.
‘I’m particularly impressed with the spiritual aspect’
Also enjoying Shen Yun was Marsha Fox, President of Fox Creative, an agency that represents the highest caliber of photography talent.
She, too, was inspired by the show: “I’m particularly impressed with the spiritual aspect of the Chinese people; as opposed to Western people who have lost their spirituality and their understanding of themselves. And here we see the Chinese people are very aware of who they are as spiritual beings. If you talk to Americans, they’re more interested in cars, cars and money.”
“Since ancient times, China has been known as the ‘Celestial Empire.’ This not only refers to China’s strength and position as East Asia’s Middle Kingdom; it also captures a more profound meaning, describing a land where the divine and mortal once coexisted,” according to Shen Yun’s website.
Expressing her awareness of being connected to celestial beings, Ms. Fox said, “And the idea that we have come from somewhere else, the heavens as you say, and there is something heavenly about us in our hearts, this is very important to me and I’m very impressed,” she said.
Ms. Fox would describe Shen Yun to her friends as “Very intelligent. … Aesthetics without knowledge of self is missing something. So this has both the spirituality and the aesthetics; very overwhelming and very meaningful.”
In the dance Divine Mercy Falun Dafa followers gather in Tiananmen Square in a peaceful demonstration to support their beliefs in the universal principles of truthfulness, compassion and tolerance. In China today those who practice this spiritual belief are brutally persecuted.
However, when faced with calamity their steadfast faith brings celestial aid, according to Shen Yun’s program.
She found that program “such a beautiful representation of this Chinese spirit” and was especially impressed with how a person practicing Falun Dafa was subject to police brutality, and yet maintained faith. “This is very courageous and very impressive,” she said.
At the last minute Mr. Lonstein invited his friend Peter who is self-employed in marketing; “I loved the show.” “It’s very beautiful, very aesthetic, very colorful and very positive,” said Peter.
Peter says to those who haven’t yet seen She Yun “you have to come see, it’s beautiful, it’s uplifting. I loved the aesthetics. For me the beauty and the aesthetics make me feel happy.”
Reporting by Jana Li and Maria Banks.
Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will perform in Los Angeles at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion through Jan. 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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