Shen Yun ‘Absolutely Fascinating’

By Epoch Times Staff
Epoch Times Staff
Epoch Times Staff
May 11, 2013 Updated: August 14, 2015
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George Covel attends the Shen Yun Performing Arts performance at the Proctors Theatre in Schenectady on May 9, 2013. (Aric Chen/The Epoch Times)

SCHENECTADY, N.Y.—Korean War veteran George Covel bought tickets to Shen Yun Performing Arts in February as an early Mother Day’s gift for his wife.

After looking forward to the show for several months and finally seeing the performance at the Proctors Theatre on Thursday night, Mr. Covel said Shen Yun was “absolutely fascinating.”

“The choreography is unbelievable, costuming is beautiful, women are beautiful,” he said.

Based in New York, Shen Yun presents classical Chinese dance and music around the world. The mission of the performing arts company is to revive China’s 5,000-year-old divinely inspired culture.

“Through the universal language of music and dance, Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales, taking you on a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture,” states the Shen Yun website.

Mr. Covel enjoyed the story-based dances and said it was easy to follow the themes being depicted.

“The story they tell is so obvious through the choreography,” he said.

‘You feel like freedom’

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Tony Jones enjoys the Shen Yun Performing Arts performance at the Proctors Theatre in Schenectady on May 9, 2013. (Madalina Hubert/The Epoch Times)

Also at the performance on Thursday evening was Tony Jones.

“I thought the show was artistic, a lot of talent, very colorful,” he said, while also praising the music presented by Shen Yun.

Mr. Jones, who owned an accounting business before retiring, said the performance made audience members feel relaxed and free.

“It made you feel like freedom … it was nice, very enjoyable. There was nothing tense about it.”

Reporting by Aric Chen, Madalina Hubert, and Omid Ghoreishi

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit

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.

Shen Yun Performing Arts’s last scheduled performances for this season are in Chicago on May 10-12 and Syracuse, May 12.