Shen Yun ‘Remarkable,’ Says Former Mayoral Candidate

Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 12, 2013 Last Updated: February 13, 2013
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Anthony Days and Gwendolyn Garvin enjoy Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Boston Opera House on Sunday. (Hua Chang/The Epoch Times)

Anthony Days and Gwendolyn Garvin enjoy Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Boston Opera House on Sunday. (Hua Chang/The Epoch Times)

BOSTON—Former Brockton, Mass. mayoral candidate Gwendolyn Garvin was among theatergoers at the Boston Opera House on Sunday for the performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts New York company.

Ms. Garvin, a Montessori teacher, musician, business owner, and radio personality, ran for mayor of Brockton in 2011. She attended the Feb. 10 performance with teacher Anthony Days.

“I’m really enjoying myself. This is so remarkable,” she said during the intermission.

New York-based Shen Yun is a world-renowned classical Chinese dance and music company, which aims to revive 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture.

“I like the transition of the artists. I love the animation in the background,” she said.

Ms. Garvin was referring to the colorful, digitally-animated backdrops that synchronize figures on the screen with those on stage so that they seem the same being.

“I think it’s wonderful, beautiful,” added Mr. Days. “The colors are nice, the costumes are beautiful, and the [dancers] are very well in sync.”

Ms. Garvin is a musician, playing both the clarinet and French horn. She said the music of Shen Yun’s original orchestra, a Western orchestra which incorporates traditional Chinese instruments, was flawless.

“The music is impeccable,” she said.

Richard Nicks, Administrative Services Manager for MassHousing, a housing finance agency, also attended the Feb. 10 performance with his wife Cyteria, and daughter Nyiah.

Mr. Nicks said they had been curious about the show for years until Nyiah, who is learning ballet and studies Mandarin, finally convinced them to go for the first time this year.

“It was outstanding,” he said.

“It was a beautiful show,” added Ms. Nicks, a health care professional at Massachusetts General Hospital. “I love the colors, love the movements. I would see it again, definitely.”

The combination of the digitally animated backdrops, orchestra, handmade costumes, and choreography was a success, said Ms. Nicks.

“The culture, the colors—I love the colors and the movement of it all—the live [orchestra], everything was wonderful,” she said. “A great experience.”

Reporting by Hua Chang and Justina Wheale.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit

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