RALEIGH, N.C—When she saw Shen Yun Performing Arts at Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts on Jan. 19, motivational speaker Leslie Flowers said all her senses were engaged.
“It includes music, dance, color, form, movement, visual video, so it is a fully comprehensive program,” said Ms. Flowers, “It affects all the senses, not just one or two.”
Ms. Flowers said she loved the performance.
“I love the colors; the dancing,” she said. “I especially love the backdrop—how they’ve synchronized the backdrop with the dances on the stage. It’s quite lovely, quite lovely.”
Mrs. Flowers came with her daughter, and plans to bring her granddaughters, “who love to dance,” next year. “I am bringing them to see this show,” she said.
The performance makes one think, said Mrs. Flowers.
“It makes me think of how beautiful the world is,” she said. “How we have a choice of whether we are going to focus on the bad things that happen or the good things—both happen at the same time. We have a choice to focus on the beautiful things, and Shen Yun is all about the beautiful things even in the face of adversity.”
“Through universal language of music and dance, Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends and heroic modern-day epics. Shen Yun presents themes of compassion and courage with stunning beauty and tremendous energy, leaving audiences uplifted and inspired,” according to its website.
The performance resonated with Mrs. Flowers in more than one way. She mused about the themes and values.
“I think that we live in such busy times that we forget about the origins of people from other nations,” she said. “So I think it is nice to slow down and take a look at other countries around the world, at other cultures and how they began and not be so wrapped up in fast times right now.”
Reporting by NTD Television and Zachary Stieber.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s International Company is in Raleigh from Jan. 19-20, and will visit Charlotte Jan. 26-27. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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