Elected Officials Welcome Shen Yun Back to Dallas-Fort Worth

By Catherine Yang, Epoch Times
January 1, 2014 Updated: January 2, 2014

DALLAS—Shen Yun Performing Arts is returning to the Dallas-Fort Worth area after last year’s double sold-out performances.

The greatly acclaimed performance has been lauded by audience members since 2009 and welcomed back by state and city elected officials with open arms.

“Dallas and Fort Worth are honored to host your delightful show and join in the celebration of Chinese history and culture,” wrote US Representative Kay Granger, of the 12th district State of Texas, in a proclamation.

“The themes of kindness, compassion, and courage are not only brought out through the songs and stunning choreography, but also through the dedication to expressing Chinese culture even though Shen Yun has never been … allowed to perform in China.”

Based in New York, Shen Yun was established in 2006 by artists from around the world to revive 5,000 years of Chinese civilization. Through the universal language of music and dance, Shen Yun brings back the once almost-lost divinely inspired culture.

“Shen Yun Performing Arts is a rare and inspiring celebration of genuine Chinese culture,” Ms. John Cornyn, US Senator, wrote in a note to Shen Yun.

US Representatives Marc Veasey and Kenny Marchant, and US Senator Ted Cruz sent their well wishes as well.

Shen Yun also received proclamations from the mayors of Addison, Tex., Allen, Tex., Arlington, Tex., Bedford, Tex., Euless, Tex., Grand Prairie, Tex., Grapevine, Tex., Lancaster, Tex., Lewisville, Tex., McKinney, Tex., Plano, Tex., and Southlake, Tex.

Shen Yun will have four performances at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas, Jan. 2-4, and two more at the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Jan. 5-6.

The caliber of Shen Yun’s performers have gained international recognition. Locally, many members in the arts community have expressed their feelings after seeing the performance as well.

Ms. Tanya Roberts, who is on the Board of Trustees for the Winspear Opera House, attended the 2012 world tour performance at the Winspear Opera House as well and had said Shen Yun gave her peace.

“The dancers are phenomenal and the costumes are just absolutely beautiful,” Ms. Roberts said.

Mr. Hector Guzman, music director of the Plano Symphony Orchestra, the Irving Symphony and the San Angelo Symphony specializing in classical music, heard in Shen Yun Orchestra what no other ensemble had accomplished before

The orchestra, which played October 2013 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, blends traditional Chinese instruments into a full Western symphony.

“The music fits the dance, and it fits perfectly. No, it’s not easy,” Mr. Guzman said. “I think it’s very eloquent, very elegant.”

Audience members from all walks of life, near and far, have enjoyed Shen Yun.

“Just the depth of the culture … We don’t get exposed to that much here. It’s a treat,” said Mr. Bob Winn, a vice president at General Motors, seeing a performance in December 2012.

“It’s colorful performances are the deepest flavor of China, we can find,” said Mr. Alberto Bernal, deputy consul general of Mexico, in Richardson, Tex., Feb 2, 2009, upon seeing the performance for the first time.

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.