Oklahoma City Councilman Impressed With Shen Yun

March 28, 2014 Updated: April 3, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.—Oklahoma City Councilman Patrick Ryan and his wife Grace attended the March 25 performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Civic Center Music Hall and found the show to be very enjoyable.

“I just was impressed [with] the sincerity and vigor of the group,” Mr. Ryan said about Shen Yun.

Mr. Ryan, who held a number of executive positions in different business before entering politics, said he was impressed by the excitement of the dancers and their skills.

“They were so passionate … they were very limber. They did a great job.”

Based in New York, Shen Yun aims to revive China’s divinely inspired culture.

According to the Shen Yun website, “Chinese dance is at the heart of what Shen Yun does. Known for its incredible flips and spins, and its gentle elegance, it is one of the most rigorous and expressive art forms in the world.”

Mr. Ryan also praised the Shen Yun Orchestra, which consists of both classical Western and traditional Chinese instruments, creating a unique sound.

Mrs. Ryan, who was an interior designer before retiring, said she also enjoyed the orchestra.

“I really loved the Chinese instruments,” she said, adding that she found the costumes used through the performance to be beautiful.

“The costumes were fabulous,” Mrs. Ryan said.

Mr. Ryan commended Shen Yun’s mission to revive China’s traditional culture, and said bringing the culture back “just benefits everybody.”

“[Chinese culture] was almost wiped out with that Cultural Revolution that Mao put in, you know it was terrible,” added Mrs. Ryan.

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.

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