MILWAUKEE—Sandy Bosin has traveled the world over. On Feb. 20 the world came to her, as she sat in the audience of Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Milwaukee Theater.
“It is just awesome—really, really,” she said after intermission. “I just really enjoy it. It’s been a great evening so far.”
New York-based Shen Yun brings to the world 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese civilization through dance, music, and technology.
“Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales, taking you on a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture,” states the company’s website. “Its stunning beauty and tremendous energy leave audiences uplifted and inspired.”
Ms. Bosin, a member of Rotary International, went to China several years ago. She’s also been to England, Africa, and Los Angeles recently, and plans to visit Portugal this year for a international convention. Next year she plans on visiting Australia and New Zealand.
Ms. Bosin believes that Shen Yun succeeds in its mission.
“First of all, music, I think, is the universal language,” she said. “You don’t have to know the words— you just feel it.”
She appreciated that Chinese song lyrics were projected onto the digital backdrop behind the singers and simultaneously translated into English behind the singers, though “Music is the universal language,” she said.
Shen Yun’s primary means to depict Chinese culture is classical Chinese dance, one of the world’s most expressive and comprehensive dances systems. Passed down within the imperial palace and ancient Chinese theater and opera, the dance form “has become a complete system of dance embodying traditional aesthetic principles with its unique dance movements, rhythms, and inner meaning,” according to the company’s website.
Because Shen Yun presents the true traditional culture the company is not currently allowed in China; the communist regime there nearly decimated the culture.
Ms. Bosin saw the struggles in modern day China through several dances depicting the persecution of the spiritual practice Falun Gong, one that is based on truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance, and which helped over 100 hundred million Chinese people “understand and return to the essence of traditional Chinese culture—Confucian, Buddhist, and Taoist schools of thought,” according to Shen Yun’s website. But the regime began persecuting the practice in 1999 and hasn’t stopped.
Overall, Ms. Bosin noted “the beauty and the freedom and the flow” exhibited by the performers who often please audience members with their constant smiles and joy of showing the ancient culture on stage.
Reporting by Ying Wan and Sharon Kilarski.
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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