CLEVELAND, Ohio—With the arrival of Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, Saturday May 29, 2010 was announced as the “Shen Yun Performing Arts Day” in two cities in northeastern Ohio. Shen Yun, a new York-based company, is currently sharing its vision of cultural renewal with audiences across the world, portraying ancient legends and contemporary stories from 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture through classical Chinese dance and music.
The dancing company this year is also accompanied by the Shen Yun Touring Company Orchestra, with over 40 professional musicians bringing a unique blend of Chinese and Western musical traditions to Playhouse Square.
Among the officials recognizing Shen Yun were the Mayor of Cleveland, Frank G. Jackson, Cleveland City Council, and U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown. Dennis M. Clough, Mayor of Westlake, and Merle S. Gorden, Mayor of Beachwood, and the Beachwood City Council proclaimed the day as “Shen Yun Performing Arts Day” in the two cities near Cleveland and encouraged residents to attend the show.
Jennifer Furin is a doctor and was amongst the many viewers delighted by Shen Yun at Playhouse Square. She shared her sentiments about the show at intermission, describing it as “a wonderful experience.”
Dr. Furin was touched by the performance and exclaimed, “Oh it’s beautiful. It’s really wonderful to watch and quite inspiring.” She was most impressed by the dancing, explaining, “I think just the fluidity of the dancers and the way that they work together on the stage is really amazing to see.”
Discussing her thoughts on Chinese culture and what she had learned, Dr. Furin said, “I think it’s very, very rich and diverse and it’s nice to experience this. There’s a lot about harmony. You feel it when you’re watching the dance.”
Dr. Furin considered how she would describe the show, saying, “It’s just a wonder for the eyes but also for the heart.”
She said the show has some lighthearted scenes but also some very serious moments, “and anything that can encompass all that is really amazing.”
Commenting further on her experience from the show, Dr. Furin added, “Because you can really feel the way the dancers are moving. It’s not just a pretty dance, there’s a story behind what happens. You can’t dance like that unless it’s from the heart.”
With reporting by Stephanie Lam
Shen Yun Performing Arts will next perform four shows over three days in Honululu, Hawaii from June 4-6. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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