CINCINNATI—Each year, thousands are uplifted through the magic of Shen Yun Performing Arts, as the company travels around the world delivering its one-of-a-kind presentation of traditional Chinese culture.
On. Jan. 30, Shen Yun graced the stage for its final 2014 curtain call at Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center for the Arts. Among those in the audience was Robert Cherry and his wife Carla, who attended the show with their daughter.
“I loved it,” said Mr. Cherry, chief creative officer of Seed Strategy, a strategic branding company. “I’ve never seen anything like it before. Apparently the tradition has been around for thousands of years.”
Mr. Cherry also took special note of the performance’s spiritual component. “It was all very beautiful, and I liked the kind of spiritual aspect of the message, and also the great physical story telling, and just wonderful, vibrant colors, and great energy.”
Shen Yun seeks to revive 5,000 of divinely imparted Chinese culture, a culture nearly destroyed after 60 years of communist rule in China. Through music and dance, “Its stunning beauty and tremendous energy leave audiences uplifted and inspired,” reads Shen Yun’s website.
Another aspect that stuck out to Mr. Cherry was “the variety and the pacing. There was just a lot of different short vignettes and a lot of variety of mediums presented, great singing, and the erhu,” he said.
As one of China’s most important instruments, and with a history of 4,000 years, the erhu, or Chinese violin, is extraordinarily expressive. Its tender and sonorous melodies are perfect for conveying China’s rich history and the emotions of its people.
“I thought it was very good. I enjoyed it,” added Mrs. Cherry. “I thought there were moments that were very brilliant and beautiful throughout the whole evening.”
“I feel uplifted,” Mr. Cherry added.
Reporting by Teresa You 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.