‘Be Uplifted’ by Shen Yun: Retired Business Owner

By Rosemary Byfield, Epoch Times
April 16, 2014 7:02 am Last Updated: April 16, 2014 5:12 pm

BIRMINGHAM, United KingdomShen Yun Performing Arts successfully completed its run at the ICC Birmingham with a full house on Tuesday, April 15.

Margaret Geipel, a retired care home owner, felt uplifted watching Shen Yun.

“It’s relaxing. It gives you a nice peaceful feel,” she said.

Shen Yun has a mission to revive 5,000 years of cultural traditions in China. Known as the “Divine Land, its glorious culture [was] said to have been brought down from the heavens,” according to the Shen Yun programme book.

As a Westerner, Mrs. Geipel found learning about the spiritual roots of Chinese culture fascinating, as this was previously unknown to her, and felt that everyone would benefit from watching Shen Yun.

Sixty years of communist atheism in modern China has almost completely destroyed these ancient traditions.

“The more spirituality and goodness that comes through, I think that’s important, and I would be very happy if maybe if everybody came to see it and be uplifted,” she said.

Classical Chinese dance is at the heart of Shen Yun’s performance and is “built on traditional aesthetics,” according to the Shen Yun website, with the dancers “displaying a splendid spectacle” wearing traditional Chinese clothing.

Mrs. Geipel was impressed with the elegance of the dancers, as they appeared to glide across the stage, and the brilliant colours of their costumes.

“It’s very elegant, beautifully done. The colours are enchanting. You get the vibrancy and then you get the lovely delicate pastel shades, and I’m enjoying it,” she said.

Accompanying Mrs. Geipel to Shen Yun was Connie Hudson. She also expressed her delight at how energised she felt from watching the colourful and athletic dancing.

Mrs. Geipel said she would recommend Shen Yun to anybody.

Shen Yun Performing Arts World Company goes on to Dublin’s Convention Centre for performances on April 19 and 20.

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.