Chairman: Shen Yun ‘Real Chinese Culture’

March 13, 2014 6:34 pm Last Updated: March 13, 2014 11:25 pm

COSTA MESA, Calif.—Richard Schweickert, chairman and founder of insurance firm Schweickert and Company, is involved in the nonprofit arts world. He served as President of The Orange County Arts Council, and as President of The Laguna Playhouse board. He is a member of the Board of Counselors for the Pacific Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Schweickert was pleased when he saw Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, March 12. “I loved it,” he said. “This was especially interesting and rewarding. It’s a very, very good program.”

Mr. Schweickert said he is a huge fan of any kind of dance, and he was very impressed with Shen Yun’s dancers.

“I like the ability of the dancers,” he said. “When you watch the men especially, they are wonderfully conditioned … They’re in wonderful shape, and their moves are precise. I just love how precise and connected their moves are. They’re very, very interesting to watch.”

“A Shen Yun performance features the world’s foremost classically trained dancers, a unique orchestra blending East and West, and dazzling animated backdrops—together creating one spectacular performance,” says the Shen Yun website.

Mr. Schweickert said he loves the sound of Chinese music and has many connections to Chinese people and the culture. He also happened to be reading a book on Chinese culture before he saw Shen Yun. “I’m fascinated with China. I think it’s a great, great culture,” he said.

Shen Yun was established in New York in 2006 with the wish “to revive the true, divinely inspired culture of China and share it with the world,” according to the website.

“The old Chinese culture especially interests me,” said Mr. Schweickert. “Today it’s just, you know, not necessarily Chinese culture … Real Chinese culture is the old culture, what we saw tonight. It’s a classical culture, and I love that.”

Mr. Schweickert said he had wanted to see Shen Yun since he had heard about the upcoming performance.

Reporting by Simone Gao and Sarah Le

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.

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