Broadband Pioneer: Shen Yun Embodiment of China’s History

By Catherine Yang, Epoch Times
January 4, 2014 12:57 am Last Updated: January 4, 2014 2:18 am

DALLAS—George and Catherine Dobrowski enjoyed the 5,000 years of Chinese civilization brought to life through music and dance by Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas, Jan. 3.

“To me, it was a sense of the history,” said Mr. Dobrowski, who was excited having read about ancient Chinese history before the performance.

Mr. Dobrowski is a pioneer in the broadband field. He is the founder and owner of broadband networking consultancy Morris Creek Consulting, is a senior analyst at FutureWei technologies, serves on the Board of Directors for Alamedia, formerly served the board of the Broadband Forum and ATM Forum, and has authored many books and papers on the topic of broadband.

Seeing Shen Yun’s stories, which range from the inception of Chinese civilization to the modern day, was an enjoyable experience, Mr. Dobrowski and his wife said.

The couple was introduced to Shen Yun by their daughter, and they were impressed when they came to realize the wide range of talent they were seeing on stage. Mrs. Dowbrowski took special notice of the solo vocalists, who sang original compositions in the highly difficult bel canto style.

“[Tianling Song] was really good,” she said.

Shen Yun’s orchestra blends East and West, mixing traditional Chinese instruments into a full Western symphony orchestra accompanying a myriad of dances. The performance includes classical Chinese dance and ethnic and folk dances from China’s 50-plus groups.

“I like it,” Mr. Dobrowski said. “Just the whole stage performance fused together.”

The rich history presented by Shen Yun inspired Hameed Abdullah as well, who was also in the audience Friday evening.

“It really shed some light,” Mr. Abdullah said, adding that he felt a “feeling of awe” while watching Shen Yun.

“It’s shocking to see a lot of these things that happened back in the times, with regards to how it is today. So it’s definitely inspirational and thrilling at the same time,” he said.

For instance, Mr. Abdullah said, the Tang Dynasty drummers seen on stage are undoubtably the inspiration and predecessor to modern day drum lines. Additionally, the difficult flips, leaps, and tumbling techniques, which appear similar to gymnastics and acrobatics, are actually techniques originating from classical Chinese dance, the emcees explained.

“It brings to life a lot of things that they are doing now … with regards to how it all just comes to modern times,” Mr. Abdullah said.

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.