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Shen Yun to Treat Jacksonville to Cultural Treasure

By Louise Rothman
Epoch Times Staff
Created: January 29, 2013 Last Updated: January 29, 2013
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Jacksonville, one of seven Florida cities included in Shen Yun’s 2013 world tour, is about to partake in what one theatergoer called an “absolutely beautiful” performance. The Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts will host Shen Yun on Jan. 29 and 30. 

Audience members gave New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts high praise for its recent performances in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando.

Theatergoers often acclaim the digital backdrops, the vivid colors and costumes, the dances and the stories they tell, the Shen Yun Orchestra, the vocal soloists, the profound lyrics they sing, and the uplifting nature of the performance—in short, everything Shen Yun brings to the stage. 

Ms. Tina Wong, an entrepreneur and business owner, said, “This is really deep. It goes back into the history of the whole [civilization].” She said she had been waiting for a year to see Shen Yun ever since the 2012 Tampa performance sold out before she could buy tickets.

“Millions have seen Shen Yun. Standing ovations at the world’s top venues, royalty attending in Europe, sold-out shows throughout North America, and packed houses across Asia have made Shen Yun an international phenomenon,” the Shen Yun website states.

After one of the Orlando performances, a theatergoer told an attendant that her children gave her the best present of her life—a ticket to Shen Yun for her birthday. 

With tears in her eyes, she said that she didn’t have adequate words to describe what she had seen. She said she saw the dancers flying, and she felt like she was soaring with them, and the music made her feel her heart growing bigger and bigger and bigger. 

A sales manager for Disney World Resort attended the opening night performance in Orlando. After the show, he handed a staff person this note:

Shen Yun
Lifted my spirit
and nurtured my soul.
Thank you.

Wide Appeal

Shen Yun appeals to people of all ages, occupations, and lifestyles. Miss Semidey, a high school student who is studying traditional Chinese calligraphy and Mandarin, said, “It doesn’t only speak to your intellect, but to your soul.”

Mrs. Kells, wife of retired Army Lt. Col. Peter Kells, said the performance was “just absolutely beautiful—the message that they’re bringing, the serenity, compassion, love.”

“The dancing is very good, and the background is very breathtaking,” said David Danziger, a retired judge, of the Jan. 15 Orlando performance. 

Mrs. Lynn Colleton and Mr. Larry Colleton enjoyed Shen Yun Performing Arts and hope more people will experience it. (Mary Silver/The Epoch Times)

Mrs. Lynn Colleton and Mr. Larry Colleton enjoyed Shen Yun Performing Arts and hope more people will experience it. (Mary Silver/The Epoch Times)

Retired interior decorator Ms. Donna Ganey said, “Oh, I thought it was wonderful. … The intensity of the colors was fascinating.” 

“Oh, it’s exquisite!” said Ms. Gina Hatch, a ballerina and former Rockette, speaking of the dancing. “The dedication and commitment to their art … definitely just brilliant.” 

“It was great to learn more about Chinese culture, and I think it helped to educate me,” said Mr. Larry Colleton, Florida’s first black U.S. Attorney. 

They Should Come

“I think it’s beautiful,” said Ms. Amera Douglas, a writer, poet, and mental health therapist. “I’ve never seen anything like this before. I’m really impressed with the show. It’s beautiful. It reminds me of dancing flowers.”

Dr. Jim Schaus, medical director at the University of Central Florida, and Marlene Schaus on opening night, Jan. 15, at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre. (Mary Silver/The Epoch Times)

Dr. Jim Schaus, medical director at the University of Central Florida, and Marlene Schaus on opening night, Jan. 15, at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre. (Mary Silver/The Epoch Times)

“The orchestra is very impressive also—and the different instruments that you don’t hear in our orchestras,” said Dr. Schaus, medical director at the University of Central Florida. The Shen Yun Orchestra uses traditional Chinese instruments with a full philharmonic orchestra.

Ms. Rienan, a television producer and promoter, said she would recommend Shen Yun to everyone—“from small children to the oldest senior that you can find.” They should come, she said. “It would lift their spirits.”

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. In addition to Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and Jacksonville, this year’s Florida tour will include Fort Myers, St. Petersburg, West Palm Beach, and Melbourne. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

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