ESCONDIDO, Calif.— Real estate broker Sherry Shoemaker and her mother-in-law, Elizabeth Lohmiller, received a very special Christmas gift this year: two tickets to Shen Yun Performing Arts at the California Center for the Arts on Sunday.
“It was fabulous … I’d like to come again next year,” said Ms. Shoemaker.
Shen Yun seeks to revive Chinese traditions through performing arts and music, primarily using classical Chinese dance to convey the inner meanings of the culture.
“The colors were phenomenal, and the dancers were so elegant. And the strength and grace was really … I don’t have a word for it,” said Ms. Shoemaker. “It was beautiful.”
Along with classical Chinese dance, as wells as ethnic and folk dances performed to the accompaniment of a live orchestra, solo vocalists perform original pieces in Chinese, sung in the bel canto style.
As a retired music teacher, Ms. Lohmiller felt amazed and inspired by the original music composed for the show. “It just shows when people work together and love what they’re doing what can be accomplished,” she said.
“Every aspect of this program was just absolutely awesome. I have no other words. There’s no word in the English language that could encompass what has been accomplished here,” she continued. “I’ve never seen anything on the stage that incorporated so much physically with a human person and people. Well, it just leaves me speechless,” she said, nearly in tears.
Ms. Lohmiller said she left the theater “deeply touched,” and “especially in this day and age when the whole world is in turmoil, to think that there is a movement of love and decency and honor. It gives one hope.”
This 2013 season is Shen Yun’s seventh world tour.
“It’s incredible,” Ms. Lohmiller said.
“I think it’s outstanding—never to be equaled. It’s never been equaled. Not even in the finest Russian ballets,” she added. “The dancers’ performance, to see so many male and female dancers that are so accomplished in their technique and their abilities, just the human body that can do what they’re doing, be so flexible and yet so strong and beautiful.
“It’s an inspiration and a hope that among us … we can gather forces for good.”
Reporting by Jana Li.
Shen Yun’s Touring Company will be performing in Sacramento from Jan. 2 to Jan.3.
New York-based Shen Yun has three companies that tour the world each year on a mission to revive 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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