COLUMBUS, Ohio—”The dancing very great, breathtaking!” said retired transportation and travel business owner Phil Schaeffing of Shen Yun Performing Arts. Mr. Schaeffing and his wife, home health agency administrator, Mrs. Rosanne Schaeffing joined the enthusiastic audience welcoming the world-renowned show’s return to Columbus as it graced the stage of the Ohio Theatre, Saturday, Feb. 10.
New York based Shen Yun aims to restore 5,000 years of divinely inspired civilization, and its most celebrated means is classical Chinese dance.
Rosanne Schaeffing’s response after seeing the show was, “Absolutely wonderful! Amazing!”
She admired various aspects of the performances and said, “Absolutely wonderful. The use of the backdrop, and the movement in the dance, it was just outstanding!”
Mr. Schaeffing agreed, and said, “The movement of the dancers, the beauty, their flexibility. And the costumes! They were just out of this world.”
Mrs. Schaeffing expressed her astonishment at the intricacy of the dances and said, “I just am amazed by the unity of the movement, the flowing gowns, how they keep from tripping, and they are just so graceful and it’s amazing, amazing!”
Mr. Schaeffing was amazed by Shen Yun’s unique orchestra, which blends the sounds of both East and West, and said, “Just fantastic. Very nice!”
Rosanne Schaeffing was moved by the depth of classical Chinese culture she saw through Shen Yun and said, “This is very interesting to me to see the culture. I work with a woman from China and when I told her I was coming her response was ‘You will just have new appreciation of Chinese history and culture,’ and it’s very true, very true. I think we lose that, looking at today’s China. We lose the beauty of the past.”
She added that seeing the show expanded her knowledge of classical China, and made her see it with new appreciation. “The depth of Chinese culture—I think of China today as cold and emotionless—and [Shen Yun] is just the opposite. Shen Yun is full of life and appreciation of good things.”
Rosanne said that when she sees her Chinese friend, “I will tell her that I got a new appreciation of her past and understand what she says when she says she tries to instill in her children the Chinese history and the past, and it’s very difficult because they were born and raised in the United States, and so it’s hard for her children to appreciate their past. I don’t know if her children have seen this. I know she has. I would feel that her children have, but I would think that this would be very inspiring for them.”
In conclusion Mr. Schaeffing said he would recommend Shen Yun to his friends, and tell them it was, “Very scenic, inspiring, and the dancing very great-breathtaking!”
With reporting by Valerie Avore and Jeanmarie Lunsford.
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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