DALLAS—”Gorgeous. Great costuming, beautiful presentation,” said Melissa Cameron after watching Shen Yun Performing Arts in Dallas on Jan. 2. “Very unique—haven’t seen anything like this before.”
Ms. Cameron, who attended the performance at the Winspear Opera House, is Vice President of Development for the Dallas area Habitat for Humanity.
Additionally, as a board member of the Leadership Dallas Alumni Association, Ms. Cameron also commits herself to giving back in order to make a difference in improving the Dallas community.
As for her first time experiencing Shen Yun: “I think it’s visually dynamic and absolutely beautiful,” Ms. Cameron said.
Through music and dance, Shen Yun seeks to revive 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture, a culture once on the verge of extinction after 60 years of communist rule in China.
Ms. Cameron added that she wishes to learn more about the ancient Chinese culture. “To learn more about the culture, and the differences between Eastern and Western dance, I think is very apparent,” she said. “It’s just very eye opening and a new experience.”
According to Shen Yun’s website, “A Shen Yun performance features the world’s foremost classically trained dancers, a unique orchestra blending East and West, and dazzling animated backdrops—together creating one spectacular performance.”
Each facet of the performance intrigued Ms. Cameron, but the music in particular seemed to affect her most significantly. “So some numbers [are] just joy—joy of nature and joy of life,” she said. “And that’s wonderful to see. So [there’s] just a whole range of emotions.”
She added that Shen Yun’s depiction of the “the meaning of life, wanting to sing about that” through music was very inspirational.
“Very much so,” she concluded.
Reporting by Amy Hu and Michael Fitzgerald
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit Shen Yun Performing Arts.
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.