PITTSBURGH—Sister Dolores, an art teacher who has also trained in ballet, had looked forward to seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts and was amazed when she finally saw the 5,000 years of Chinese civilization unfold before her on stage at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh, Feb. 19.
“It’s just so picturesque, so beautiful, so graceful,” said Sister Dolores, attending the performance with her friend Carolyn Finch.
From the opening of the curtains to the finale, Sister Dolores was touched by the scenes she saw in Shen Yun.
Sister Dolores was at a loss for words with how she felt about the finale, which showed the Creator coming down to earth in a modern day China, tying back to the creation legend at the beginning of the performance.
Seeing classical Chinese dance as performed by New York-based Shen Yun was a new experience for Sister Dolores. She said she’d learned from the performance that sports like acrobatics actually originated from traditional Chinese dance, and saw many moves unique to the form.
“Everything is so together,” Sister Dolores said. “I was so amazed by it.”
A Beautiful Journey
Also amazed by the dancers was Ms. Erin Bauer, who felt Shen Yun “is just taking me on a journey, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.”
“I absolutely love it so far. It’s amazing,” Ms. Bauer said, praising the technical perfection of the dancers.
“It’s amazing. It’s almost superhuman,” Ms. Bauer said.
Beyond the beauty of the dance and costumes, Ms. Bauer said she was also touched spiritually and felt for the people of China today.
“I would like to see a change in modern China,” Ms. Bauer said, glad the performance touched on contemporary China as well. “I would like to see a change in allowing people to believe what they want to believe in China, and practice what they want to practice.”
The performance included a mini-drama that addressed the lack of freedom of belief under the current regime in China. Ms. Bauer said she wished she could see a China with tolerance, so people could live in harmony.
Reporting by NTD Television and Lily Sun
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.
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