SPOKANE, Wash.—Shen Yun Performing Arts' presence at Spokane's INB Performing Arts Center on Jan. 5 attracted the region's cultural icons. Charity Bagatsing is the publisher and editor of Northwest Woman Magazine. This was her first time seeing the world's premier classic Chinese dance and music company, the New York-based Shen Yun.
"I thought it was magical. It's just a magical, enchanting show. Overall production and timing was just impeccable, just amazing, amazing, amazing. Just incredible. I'm blown away," Ms. Bagatsing said.
Ms. Bagatsing, born in the Phillipines, now lives in Spokane. She is the granddaughter of the former Mayor of Manila and an appointed guardian of the Beyer Library Collection—an important collection of ethnographic imprints and titles on the Philippines dating back 100 years. The collection can be seen in the National Library of Australia.
"I've seen a lot of shows all over, in Spokane and also have traveled all over the country and this is just absolutely outstanding," Ms. Bagatsing said. "It's outstanding because of the music, the culture, the history. Everything about it just transports you back into a different time, a different place, and something just absolutely magical.
"I would say that it is absolutely worth it; it is time and money well-invested. Inspirational and just fun to watch," she said.
Ms. Bagatsing added, "It is very eye-opening. It's just inspiring and breathtaking, and makes you want to wish that there were more shows like this."
Reporting by NTD Television and Brett Featherstone.
Shen Yun Performing Arts will next perform in Portland, Oregon at the Keller Auditorium from Jan 7-9. For more information visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org