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Writer Sees ‘Joy’ and ‘Warmth in Shen Yun


Epoch Times Staff
Created: May 12, 2013 Last Updated: May 13, 2013
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John Pennisi Sr. with his wife Linda and their son John Jr. at Shen Yun Performing Arts at The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater Sunday night. (Aric Chen/The Epoch Times)

John Pennisi Sr. with his wife Linda and their son John Jr. at Shen Yun Performing Arts at The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater Sunday night. (Aric Chen/The Epoch Times)

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—Shen Yun Performing Arts presented a revival of the 5,000-year-old Chinese culture at the The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater Sunday night.

Linda Pennisi, creative writing program director and visiting assistant professor at Le Moyne College, and who has also published several books of poems, enjoyed the performance with her husband John Pennisi Sr.

Ms. Pennisi particularly enjoyed the Mongolian Bowl Dance, in which Mongolian women emerge from tents on the northern grasslands balancing bowls on their heads. This is one of multiple ethnic and folk dances featured in Shen Yun.

The New York-based company tours the world using the arts as a means to present the ancient culture. Classical Chinese dance is at the heart of the performance; the dancers, adorned with handmade costumes, are accompanied by a unique orchestra and digital backdrops.

Ms. Pennisi said she saw themes of “joy and openness and warmth” in the performance.

Mr. Pennisi, owner of Medical Management Resources, said he saw those themes and also resilience and togetherness, as well as teamwork.

The Syracuse performance was Shen Yun’s final performance for the 2013 season.

Reporting by Aric Chen and Zachary Stieber

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.




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