Cultural Affairs Secretary ‘Overwhelmed’ by Beauty of Shen Yun Dancers

March 28, 2014 12:37 am Last Updated: May 22, 2014 3:58 am

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—Secretary of New Mexico’s Department of Cultural Affairs Veronica Gonzales was incredibly grateful for the opportunity to experience Shen Yun Performing Arts at Popejoy Hall on March 27. She brought her 5-year-old daughter Theodora with her.

“I am just really enjoying being here, and I feel like I am experiencing the show instead of just watching. I feel like it’s an experience for me. It’s really wonderful.”

Shen Yun Performing Arts is a non-profit organization based in New York and founded in 2006. Its artists seek to revive the true, divinely inspired culture of China through breathtaking music and dance, according to the organization’s website.

Ms. Gonzales was touched by the rigor and grace of classical Chinese dance displayed during the performance.

“I am overwhelmed by the beauty of the dancers, their coordination, their incredible ability to jump!” she said. “I think it’s beautiful.”

Shen Yun’s interactive digital backdrop was fascinating and a pleasant surprise for Ms. Gonzales, who loved the precision of the dancers as they appeared to jump in and out of the background.

“It’s just incredible and seamless,” she said. “I think the mix of the technology and the dancing is really innovative, and I love the choreography in relationship to the animation of the various pieces. It’s really a surprise element to the whole performance.”

Ms. Gonzales was happy her daughter had the opportunity to experience such a rich cultural performance.

“I really appreciate the opportunity to bring my daughter, because I think it gives her the opportunity to experience something very different,” she said. “I am trying to teach her a lot about the beauty of dance and music, and this just fits in perfectly with the lifestyle I am trying to provide for her to appreciate these things.”

Ms. Gonzales was also grateful Theodora could learn a little from Shen Yun about the suppression of traditional culture and values in China, even though it was sad.

“I think what I will come away with is just an incredible kind of appreciation and gratitude for the opportunity to experience the performance that’s here and all of the talent that has been brought here,” she said. “I think it is a wonderful opportunity for our people in New Mexico to be able to experience the culture of Chinese dance and the tradition that goes along with that.”

Ms. Gonzales said she would tell her colleagues about Shen Yun.

“I would let them know how incredibly wonderful it is,” she said.

Reporting by NTD Television 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.

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