Shen Yun Renews the Spirit

Retired psychologist and wife find encouragement

Epoch Times Staff
Created: January 18, 2013 Last Updated: January 18, 2013
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ORLANDO, Fla.—Theatergoers Richard and Marjorie Tindell remember a time when things were slower and easier, a time when there was less violence in the world, and people were happier and calmer.

“It is encouraging,” Mrs. Tindell said of the performance. “And it gets your mind off of some of the craziness.”

Mrs. Tindell was referring to the evening she and her husband spent at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre with New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts. “It’s so beautiful, just so beautiful. It gives you a very peaceful feeling.”

A retired psychologist, Mr. Tindell shared how Shen Yun invoked “positive attitudes,” in contrast to what is typically presented on TV today. Through classical Chinese dance and music, Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company portrayed virtues that are the essence of traditional Chinese culture, which span 5,000 years of history.

“Principles such as benevolence and justice, propriety and wisdom, respect for the heavens, and divine retribution, all come to life, washing over the audience,” according to Shen Yun’s website.

Mrs. Tindell said that with all the violence and difficulties in the world today, Shen Yun “gives you a sense of renewing in your spirit.”

The Tindells received their tickets for Shen Yun as a Christmas gift from their children. Mrs. Tindell brought her binoculars so she could see the performers’ faces. “Oh, the girls are so pretty,” she said. “Everybody looks so nice! Just very handsome men, beautiful ladies.”

Reporting by Yang Chen and Adam Miller.

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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