ESCONDIDO, Calif -- “This is a show that’s very inspiring to me,” explained Alexi Allens, who watched the Shen Yun Performing Art’s matinee on Saturday, December 30 at the California Center for the Arts. Ms. Allens is a professional artist and a former gallery owner, and she now travels around world doing art shows.
“I love the dancing, I love the concept, I like Buddha coming out and protecting the world. And the spirituality combined with art and music is absolutely gorgeous,” she said. “I recommend it to anyone, all ages.”
Ms. Allens explained that due to her spiritual beliefs, she connected deeply with the spiritual content in the show. “I wanted to start my new year by seeing this,” she said. “I feel like this is the beginning of a new year—there is divine intervention and help once you can meditate and connect to it.”
Ms. Allens even thought the colors and aesthetics were divinely inspired. “Oh, I love the colors,” she said. “That’s one thing I came to see. All the costumes, the dancing, the flow—I love it. It’s like brushstrokes in the air of heaven.”
She said she feels inspired after seeing Shen Yun: “I think as you go inward and you find that spark inside yourself and the connection, and you feel that, and you can feel the compassion with other beings, also. I’m going to continue this with the meditation on New Year’s Eve.”
According to the New York company’s website, Shen Yun seeks to revive Chinese traditions through performing arts and music, primarily using classical Chinese dance to convey the inner meanings of the culture.
“Each [Shen Yun performance] is completely unique and different. It’s very inspiring,” Ms. Allens said. “I love even the backdrops. It’s very colorful and very beautiful. And that’s why I come and get inspired, so I go on with my art, my work.”
Ms. Allens urges others to see Shen Yun. “I would say that this is a little out of this world, and that if you want to be divinely inspired, it’s a great thing to come see,” she said.
“It’s sort of uplifting, and takes your mind away from everyday troubles, and that there is divine intervention. It’s just sort of demonstrating it right on stage in the performance.”
Ms. Allens thought the singing was “right to the point” and great.
“I think that a lot of times, we feel troubled and we long to be in a sort of divine environment, so I thought the lyrics reflected it very much.”
Reporting by Crystal Shi.
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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