Beauty of Shen Yun Captivates Artist

April 22, 2011 Updated: October 24, 2015

CHICAGO—The beauty of the Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company is forever printed on the heart of artist Chela Gambetta.

"I love it—it’s beautiful; it’s beautiful," Ms. Gambetta said. "The costumes, the colors, the dancers are wonderful."

Ms. Gambetta and her husband Miguel, a physician, was at the world-acclaimed classical Chinese dance and music show, staged at the Civic Opera House on Friday, April 22.

The New York-based Shen Yun tours the United States explicitly to reawaken China's traditional heritage, divinely-bestowed 5,000 years ago, but destroyed in just a few decades under communist rule, according to its website.

As a portrait and landscape artist, Ms. Gambetta was struck by the hi-tech digital backdrop scenes that took her to celestial heights and down to the Mongolian Plains.

"The backdrops were very gorgeous, are beautiful, the colors are magnificent," Ms. Gambetta said.

Mr. Gambetta was said he liked "the drums and also the Mongols, the Mongolian plain that was fantastic, it was very nice, very nice.”

Reporting by NTD Television and Jeanmarie Lunsford.

Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will perform a matinee at Chicago's Civic Opera House on April 24, then continue with shows in Los Angeles at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium from April 28-30. For more information, visit