AUSTIN, Texas—Jeffery and Kerry Timlin were excited Shen Yun decided to perform in Austin, as they very much hoped to see it.
After the performance Mr. Timlin described Shen Yun as “a wonderful experience to see China, to see the Chinese culture—in a sea of colors.”
The Timlins saw Shen Yun perform Tuesday Dec. 30 at The Long Center for the Performing Arts.
Mr. Timlin is a principal and managing director at Sage Advisors, an investment advisory firm. He said he was pleased to have the opportunity to experience Chinese culture in his hometown.
“The presentation is very beautiful, and gives me an interesting perspective on Chinese culture,” said Mr. Timlin.
Shen Yun performs classical, folk and ethnic Chinese dance. Aspects of Chinese culture and history are told through dance. An orchestra that includes Chinese instruments accompanies the dancers.
According to Shen Yun’s website, “Classical Chinese dance has a long history of thousands of years, passed down continuously within the imperial palace and ancient Chinese theater and opera.”
“The music is beautiful and the dancers are quite elegant and graceful,” said Mr. Timlin.
A feature of Shen Yun performances is large scale, stage-filling dances. The dancers’ synchronous movements create an impressive display.
Shen Yun aims to rekindle the virtues of ancient China, including traditional reverence for the divine.
Mr. Timlin appreciated the reference to the divine and saw similarities to his religion. He said, “it was quite interesting because there is a lot of similarities with Christianity.”
He added, “I love dance. I like history, I like culture. I have always gravitated towards that. So from that perspective I really enjoyed everything about the show and would recommend it to anybody.”
Reporting by NTD Television, Stacy Chen, and Nicholas Zifcak
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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