UNIVERSITY PARK, Ill.—University Park Mayor Joseph E. Roudez III saw Shen Yun Performing Arts for the first time at Governors State University on March 7, 2020, and recommended all who were able to see it to do so.
“The colors, the fantastic dance, the choreography. It is a fantastic event. The Mongolian dancers are very impressive. And when they disappear into the landscape, that’s awesome,” he said.
They are fantastic. I think anyone ever has an opportunity to come see Shen Yun. They should see it no matter where it is. What a fantastic group of dancers and very good—very, very good.”
“I’m so pleased to have this in Governors State University. What a fantastic show,” the mayor said.
New York-based Shen Yun is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company. According to the website, “For 5,000 years, divine culture flourished in the land of China. Through breathtaking music and dance, Shen Yun is reviving this glorious culture.”
Mayor Roudez was impressed from the beginning.
“When I saw the ladies [in the opening scenes], it looked like they were just moving like on-air and it’s fantastic. The choreography and the way they move … it is really fantastic,” he said.
“The women seem like they’re being pulled by animated evokes, they’re fantastic. They’re moving. Their footwork is so fantastic. They’re so well in step with each other. I’m very, very impressed,” he said.
“[The dancers] are very energetic, timely, choreographed perfectly, and their outfits are so colorful and bright—fantastic.”
China’s culture is divinely inspired, and Mayor Roudez felt this aspect of the culture came through.
“It’s just perfect,” he said of the spirituality mingled with the dancing. “It’s perfect. The divine dancing, the colors the show everything—very eye-catching,”
Through the performance, the mayor gained a new appreciation of some of the universal values that are exhibited within the performance and was enthusiastic about the idea of Shen Yun touring the world.
“They are the best of the best there. And I know there are lots of people who will love to see this show,” he said. He pointed out there was one more show in University Park, and that Shen Yun performances are constantly sold out locally.
“If you ever have an opportunity to come see Shen Yun, or if you’re traveling somewhere and they’re performing, definitely go see it. That’s a definite must. And you are in New York where they are at home. Go see it. It’s a must,” he said.
“I’m fortunate enough to be here today at Governor State University seeing such a fantastic show, and I encourage everyone if you ever have an opportunity to see it, whatever city you’re in, definitely go see it. It’s definitely worth the while. It’s a learning experience about the Chinese culture. The colors are magnificent and the choreography is perfect. I encourage everyone to go take a look at Shen Yun,” he added.
With reporting by NTD Television and Andrew Darin.