SAN FRANCISCO—”The beauty of the costumes and the movement, the music, it’s incredible,” said business owner and artist Ms. Beata Dziegielewski, a native of Poland, after seeing Shen Yun on the opening night in San Francisco.
Ms. Dziegielewski owns and co-owns several jewelry companies in the Bay Area. Her focus is on designing jewelry that “presents a world of color, elegance and beauty.” Amber is one of her specialties, though she uses a diversity of natural gemstones.
“I wish everybody would see this once in their life!” Ms. Dziegielewski said.
Her appreciation of “the creative part of life,” heightened her enjoyment of the beauty of Shen Yun.
“The show is incredible for me. It’s a lot of beautiful moments,” Ms. Dziegielewski said. “Even touching, like with the [story about] Falun Dafa.”
“The music, it’s so relaxing,” Ms. Dziegielewski added. “I feel like my brains are working completely different now—I am so relaxed, and its so calming and uplifting.”
The Shen Yun program book describes the orchestra as the perfect harmony of East and West. Chinese instruments like the erhu, pipa, and suona lead the melodies, and blend with a full Western orchestra to create a refreshing new sound.
“Actually, I want to look for the CD in a moment.”
She was impressed with everything about Shen Yun, she said—the digitally projected backdrops, the music, stories, and dancers of Shen Yun.
“I loved those temples, the buildings, the mountains, and compositions of colors and flowers—with the costumes, and with the movement, and with the music,” she said.
“I loved the stories, all the stories, because a lot of them I don’t even know,” she said.
“It’s so interesting. I want to read more stories from the Chinese history and Chinese culture.”
Shen Yun was founded on a mission to revive 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture. It is a heritage that has been repressed and largely destroyed in China after the Chinese Communist Party took power there some 65 years ago.
The stories conveyed a powerful insight to Ms. Dziegielewski.
“I think it’s about freedom and connection with higher power. That we all are connected,” she said.
“We all should be kind to each other,” she added. “It is about kindness, love, protection, passion, and helping and being [there] for each other—that we as humans [are] supposed to be [there] for each other all the time.”
Ms. Dziegielewski felt the purity of Shen Yun. “We all have to live in one big truth—like there is the saying, ‘Only the truth will set you free.'”
“I think we’re all supposed to live with a true and clean soul, being happy people without any violations of humans,” she said.
She wants to share her experience with her family.
“My family lives in Chicago, and I just checked the schedule,” she said. “You guys are going to have a performance in Chicago, and I want all my family to go and see it!”
“I will call my mama tomorrow,” she said.
Reporting by Youzhi Ma and Cheryl Casati
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.
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