Music Executive Finds Shen Yun ‘Positive, Uplifting’

December 29, 2014 8:58 pm Last Updated: December 29, 2014 9:01 pm

AUSTIN, Texas—Tom Gimbel, a veteran of the music and entertainment industry, had high praise for Shen Yun Performing Arts, the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company.

“We loved the music and the dance and … the incorporation of the screen into the live elements. I thought that was great,” Mr. Gimbel said, referring to Shen Yun’s use of digital backdrops that set the scenes for the dance pieces and interact using animation with the performers on stage.

As for the dancers themselves, Mr. Gimbel said, “Incredible, incredible athleticism and grace and fluidity all in one, and how they all moved together.”

Mr. Gimbel has over 20 years of major and independent label sales and marketing experience. He is currently the general manager of Austin City Limits, a music program recorded live in Austin since 1976, broadcast nationally by PBS.

Mr. Gimbel said he enjoyed seeing Shen Yun Orchestra’s unique combination of traditional Chinese instruments in a Western classical orchestra.

“I thought it was really cool the way the symphony kind of brought that all together in harmony with the dance,” he said.

“It’s very peaceful and uplifting.”

I like the story telling.
— Tom Gimbel, a veteran of the music and entertainment industry
Seeing the different story lines and themes in the dances was another highlight.

“I like the story telling. I like [the] incorporation of the screen when they would fly into the screen and come back. I thought that was really inspirational,” he said.

“I think there’s a lot of good lessons in there, lessons of compassion and kindness to one another,” he said about the themes in the performance.

He mentioned that he saw the ideals of compassion and turning the other cheek.

According to the Shen Yun website, the story lines in the New York-based company’s performances draw upon stories and legends from China’s history and culture.

“In less than ten minutes each, Shen Yun dances recount ancient myths, bygone heroes, or celestial paradises. Whether set in the past or in contemporary China, every dance embodies traditional Chinese values,” the website states.

In speaking of the final moment: “I thought that was really cool when you got to see everything come together and all the different elements come back on the stage, he said.

“It was a very positive, uplifting ending to the whole afternoon,” Mr. Gimbel said.

Reporting by Stacy Chen, NTD Television, and Omid Ghoreishi

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

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.