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Singer Josey Contreras Sees Shen Yun: ‘Everything is inspiration’


Epoch Times Staff
Created: January 3, 2013 Last Updated: January 3, 2013
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DALLAS—Shen Yun Performing Arts brought tears to singer Josey Contreras’s eyes at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas on Jan. 2.

“I mean it was just beautiful, mesmerizing,” Ms. Contreras said.

Ms. Contreras has been performing from a young age. She participated in a modeling contest at the age of four and joined an agency, which gave her the opportunity to meet and sing with Jay Perez at Artist Square. She became the lead singer of a local band at age 13 and had a song on NYA’s CD when she was 15. Her first album came out in 2011. In August 2012, Josey received a nomination for the 32nd Tejano Music Awards for Best New Artist.

“It stirred beautiful emotions in me,” Ms. Contreras said of Shen Yun’s vocalists. “I probably cried a couple of times because of how beautiful just the music is, and the lyrics as well, even though it was sung in Chinese. It was beautiful, beautiful. You could still feel the emotion.”

New York-based Shen Yun’s solo vocalists perform original compositions in bel canto style, in Chinese.

“I think it tells me life, a deeper meaning of it,” Ms. Contreras said of the lyrics, which are projected in both Chinese and English on the digital backdrop. “And I think that’s what’s beautiful, is that Shen Yun brings that deeper meaning into life. It questions it and it questions why are we here, why do we do things when there is something bigger and beyond.”

Shen Yun seeks to revive 5,000 years of Chinese civilization, which is said to be divinely inspired, and embedded with traditional values like “benevolence and justice, propriety and wisdom, respect for the heavens, and divine retribution,” according to Shen Yun’s website.

Ms. Contreras also enjoyed the dances, many of which are classical Chinese dance.

In Sewing the Flowers of Heaven, the female dancers portray fei tian, or flying apsaras, who sew together a gossamer silk cloth to scatter flowers and blessings for mankind, according to the program.

“[It] truly showed a part of heaven—just a part of heaven,” Ms. Contreras said of the dance.

“Everything is inspiration, it is just so beautiful, and it was my first time, so I’m definitely coming back next year,” Ms. Contreras said of the performance.

Reporting by NTD Television and Catherine Yang.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s International Company will be performing in Dallas through Jan. 3. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

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