Pharmaceutical Company Executive Enjoys Shen Yun’s Stories of Ancient Chinese Culture

April 1, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
the Jahrhunderthalle in Frankfurt am Main
The Jahrhunderthalle in Frankfurt am Main. (Matthias Kehrein/The Epoch Times)

FRANKFURT—Mr. Orland Tomlinson, an executive at a large pharmaceutical company, and his wife, Doris Tomlinson, attended Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company’s closing show at the Jahrhunderthalle in Frankfurt am Main on March 31.

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, was established in 2006, when Chinese artists living in the West came together united by a mission: to revive traditional Chinese culture.

“It was wonderful! I was impressed with the choreography and the costumes. This is inspirational,” said Ms. Tomlinson.

She also enjoyed Shen Yun’s one-of-a-kind orchestra, with its all-original compositions, blends East and West like no other. “The result—two great classical music traditions producing one fresh, unexpected sound,” states the Shen Yun website.

“The music was unique and pleasing to the ear,” she said. “I must send my regards to the artists.”

Mr. Tomlinson agreed with his wife and added, “I already had an admiration for Chinese culture. What I’m enamored with is China’s ancient culture. Yet, it is only today that we are learning story after story about China’s ancient history.”

After more than 60 years of communist rule in China, and especially after the Cultural Revolution, Chinese traditional culture has been all but completely demolished.

“The artists emit goodness and courage. This has grown out of the ancient culture,” said Ms. Tomlinson.

Mr. Tomlinson said, “It appeared that the dancers truly loved what they were doing. The charisma comes through really strong.

“The effortlessness that the dancers represented was very impressive. This is what I will remember. It truly is the effortlessness, the joy de vivre and happiness will remain in my mind.”

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world, with a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company will next perform at The London Coliseum, April 12-15.

For more information visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org