Retired Smithfield VP Experiences True Chinese Culture

February 13, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—John Ohl attended Shen Yun Performing Arts at the DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids, Feb. 12.

“I enjoyed it very much,” said Mr. Ohl, who saw the show with his wife, Sandy. He felt that others should not miss the opportunity to see the world’s premier presentation of classical Chinese dance. “They need to come see this!” he said.

“For 5,000 years divine culture flourished in the land of China. Humanity’s treasure was nearly lost, but through breathtaking music and dance, Shen Yun is bringing back this glorious culture,” according to Shen Yun’s website.

“China has a lot to offer to the world in talent. It’s beautiful,” added Mr. Ohl, a retired vice president for Smithfield.

Mrs. Ohl said she’d always been interested in Asian culture, and the performance was well beyond her expectations.

“I loved it!” she said. “I just thought the costumes were beautiful, and the music was so wonderful and relaxing. And the dance was beautiful. And I just thought the vocals and the instrumental soloist up there were just fabulous.”

For 60 years, the communist regime in China has sought to remove the “cultural essence of respect for the divine, thereby extracting the heart and soul of traditional Chinese culture,” according to Shen Yun’s website. Because of this, Mr. Ohl felt that the opportunity to see true culture coming out of China should not be missed.

“I think how the culture has expanded, and how things have changed, and how there’s so much culture that’s not being allowed to be released from China” really touched his heart while watching Shen Yun, he said.

WIth reporting by 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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