ROCHESTER, NY—Deborah Pearce took an enjoyable break from her company, volunteer work, and doctorate studies on Sunday to attend Shen Yun Performing Arts at Rochester Auditorium Theatre.
“The show was beautiful. The performances were masterful and full of joy,” she said after the show.
Ms. Pearce, CEO of business coaching company LeaJames, Inc., also sits on the board of directors for Quad A Kids, which offers programs for urban youth, and is a board director of Rochester School for the Deaf, all while completing a doctorate degree in executive leadership.
She took time away from her busy schedule for the Feb. 17 Shen Yun performance and said it was truly outstanding.
She complimented Shen Yun’s vocal soloists and its unique orchestra, which incorporates traditional Chinese instruments and accompanies each story and dance.
“The singers, the musicians, and the dancers had so much joy,” Ms. Pearce said, adding that the costumes were a stunning cultural expression.
“The costumes were beautiful. They showed so much excellence and respect for their own culture.”
Ms. Pearce has studied Chinese culture because her adopted daughter is from Mongolia. Shen Yun gave her a chance to observe different Chinese ethnic groups, an exposure she appreciated.
“I think that culture, like language, is a beautiful window into understanding a people. China has so many different people in one large country, so it gave me some nice windows for understanding,” she said, adding that she enjoyed experiencing the folk dances from China’s diverse ethnic regions.
“What I was able to see were different ethnic groups in the dances.”
New York-based Shen Yun is a classical Chinese dance and music company, formed in 2006 to revive the country’s divinely inspired traditional culture.
According to the Shen Yun website, this traditional culture thrived for thousands of years but has been virtually demolished over six decades of communist rule through various campaigns—most notably the Cultural Revolution—to destroy not only cultural sites, temples, and relics, but also the Chinese people’s belief in virtue and faith in the divine.
“It’s a very important country with 5,000 years of history and invention and wonderful ways of seeing things,” said Ms. Pearce. “I think we need to understand the many layers of what makes China.”
Reporting by NTD Television and Justina Wheale.
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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