‘Best Mother’s Day gift I have ever had’: Shen Yun

By Epoch Times Staff
Epoch Times Staff
Epoch Times Staff
May 5, 2013 Updated: May 5, 2013
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Eileen Daniels (L) with her three daughters and granddaughters attend Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia, on May 4 . (Lily Sun/The Epoch Times)

PHILADELPHIA—The Merriam Theater in Philadelphia was packed Saturday night for the third of a four-performances of Shen Yun Performing Arts ending Sunday May 5.

In the audience was Eileen Daniels, a dancer of 40 years, and her three daughters and three granddaughters. The family attended the show in honor of Mother’s Day. “It is the best Mother’s Day gift I have ever had,” said Ms. Daniels.

“It was excellent, excellent. It was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen … they’re technically so precise and so wonderful,” said Ms. Daniels.

Based in New York, Shen Yun performances involve Chinese classical dance, Chinese ethnic dance, vocals, and live orchestral music.

“Technically, the choreography was fantastic,” said Ms. Daniels.

The costumes were also beautiful, she added, commenting that she did not know how the dancers could change costumes so quickly.

“It was wonderful. It was just wonderful,” she said. “They were incredible. Don’t you love it? Isn’t it phenomenal? It’s incredible.”

Julie Kaplan, a lawyer, and one of Ms. Daniel’s daughter, said the ability to see Shen Yun and learn about Chinese culture and history was “absolutely phenomenal.”

“The artistic ability of all the dancers was remarkable,” added Ms. Kaplan. “It was breathtaking.”

One of Mr. Daniel’s other daughters, Robyn McKnight, said she loved the performance. “The colors are fabulous … it’s beautiful. The music is very relaxing to me,” she said.

Alex, one of Ms. Daniel’s three granddaughters who dances at Philadelphia Studio Ballet, said “It’s really pretty, and I really liked the dances.”

“I thought it was really interesting because they had really pretty costumes, and I loved how it would teach you about something in China. It was really fun to be able to see,” said Amanda, the second granddaughter.

“I liked how I got to see a different country in a different way here in America,” said Jessica, the third granddaughter.

Shen Yun seeks to revive China’s 5,000 years of traditional dynastic culture, which has been nearly destroyed under communist rule. Based in New York, Shen Yun enjoys true artistic freedom for performances that unfortunately cannot be seen in China today.

Ms. Daniels said it is wonderful that the United States is a free country and Shen Yun can express itself through dance.

“They are incredibly talented, and I’m so happy that they’re able to do it in my country,” she said.

Reporting by Lily Sun and Ananda West

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.

Shen Yun Performing Arts is performing at the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia through May 5.

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.