HOUSTON—Roger Morefield, an economics professor at the University of St. Thomas, was in attendance with his wife Eugenia for Shen Yun Performing Arts at Houston’s Jones Hall for the Performing Arts on Dec. 29.
“Oh, it was glorious,” said Dr. Morefield. “Artistry is a good word—it was artistry and sound, light, and motion.”
“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,” reads Shen Yun’s website.
Dr. Morefield took special note of Shen Yun’s tremendous energy. He felt that every aspect of the performance was spot-on.
“And you know, the dancers, the drummers, the comedy, the staging, the music, the instrumentalists, the vocalists—and anything else I didn’t mention—glorious, just glorious,” he added.
Dr. Morefield said that he couldn’t help but have his heart touched by “this ancient culture, the beauty, the artistry. [It] touches you.” Overall, he said the entire performance was impossible to put into words. He could only summarize it as “inexpressible, but beautiful.”
Shen Yun weaves together music and dance with cutting-edge digital animation to create a never-before-assembled art form. It is typical for audience members to be surprised by both the beauty and tremendous energy, frequently noting feelings of being uplifted and inspired.
Such energy was certainly not lost upon Dr. Morefield. “This cultural experience really shows us that humanity is very much interconnected,” he said. “We’re all connected.”
Mrs. Morefield was also enamored by the experience of Shen Yun. “The show was very dynamic, very beautiful,” she said. “I always have liked the Chinese culture and it just touched me.”
Shen Yun seeks to revive China’s 5,000 years of divinely imparted culture, a culture nearly brought to destruction by over 60 years of communist rule. Mrs. Morefield said she hopes more than ever that Shen Yun accomplishes its mission.
“I feel you have wonderful art, wonderful history to share with the world. I hope you can one day do this show in China,” she added.
“It’s going to have a positive influence,” Dr. Morefield agreed.
Reporting by NTD Television and Michael Fitzgerald
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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