PORTLAND, Ore.—Sonya Goldman, a former dancer and retired TV businesswoman, was amazed by the miraculous effects Shen Yun produced on her.
“For me to get out, it’s very difficult,” she said. But, “I feel good, I got up! I’m walking.”
“I didn’t think I was going to be able to get up, but I got up and I walked. It was wonderful,” she said.
On March 29, Ms. Goldman was among the enthusiastic audience filling the halls of Portland’s Keller Auditorium. Keller hosted Shen Yun Performing Arts for the eighth time.
Shen Yun is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company, and it has received both critical and audience acclaim for its superior artistry. Part of the company’s mission is to revive the 5,000 years of Chinese culture believed to have been a divine gift bestowed to humanity.
“Every bit of it was wonderful,” said Ms. Goldman. “I mean everything was perfect—the dancing was superb, the costumes were gorgeous.”
According to the company’s website, “The backdrops are as grand as they are intricate. So remarkably true to life, they allow you to forget where you are, and journey to another place and time.”
Female Dancers Are ‘like little enchanted fairies’
Ms. Goldman was especially impressed with the sophisticated dances and unique colors of Shen Yun’s costumes.
“The colors make you feel good,” she said. “I was a dancer and I never ever saw dancing like that. The girls were so fantastic; they were like little enchanted fairies and they were beautiful.”
James Hammock, who accompanied Ms. Goldman, was in complete agreement. Mr. Hammock, who is retired from the Air Force, said that Shen Yun was “beyond my expectations.”
“I’ve been in 22 countries,” he said. “It [Shen Yun] is far beyond anything I’ve seen. It’s the number-one.”
Wanting a Better China Today
When Ms. Goldman found out that Shen Yun cannot be seen in China today—on account of traditional culture and art forms being suppressed there—she said, “There are a lot of bad things going on, and I have no way to stop it. And that bothers me.”
She added that she hopes for Shen Yun to turn the tide and help people become more aware.
“I can’t understand what’s happening in China,” she said. “I am saddened by the fact that the people in China can’t see this and be uplifted. They’re missing out—all the people there are missing out. I don’t understand living like that. It’s very sad to me. I’m going to start crying here in a minute…”
Shen Yun is “something you’ll only see once in your lifetime,” she continued. “Unless you go every time it comes to town—which I intend on doing if I’m still here—it’s something that no one should miss. It’s incredible.”
“I would only come out again for this [performance], and that’s the truth.”
Reporting by NTD, Dominic DePhillips and Nataly Teplitsky
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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