ESCONDIDO, Calif.–”The best thing I could do” was what Lani Calvert, a music therapist, could say after watching Shen Yun Performing Arts on New Years Eve.
Having attended the show at the California Center for Performing Arts, Ms. Calvert said, “I can’t think of a better way to bring in the new year. It’s better than any party, or going out, things that people would do normally on a New Year’s Eve. I can’t think of any place I’d rather be.”
She said, “You have the opera and dance and music and color and light and everything, combined into one.”
Shen Yun Performing Arts is based in New York and through classical Chinese music and dance, it strives to revive 5000 years of traditional Chinese culture.
Working with physically challenged elderly people, Ms. Calvert has always tried to find ways to interpret art and help people express themselves through art itself.
She was so touched by the show that she was moved to tears. “I just feel like it’s inspired from, the gods. To me it’s just such a joy to see.”
Alongside the dancing were songs that expressed messages of truthfulness, compassion and tolerance. “I love a lot of what I was reading in English. The concept of it, and the feel of it, and the music itself, the live music, it’s just very high frequency, I’ll put it that way.”
Reporting by Jane Yang and Andrew Chan.
New York-based Shen Yun has three companies that tour the world each year on a mission to revive 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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