PITTSBURGH—”To have this experience in our own back yard, it is a real opportunity,” said Rick Applegate, a financial advisor, after seeing the Shen Yun Performing Arts at The Benedum Center for the Performing Arts, in Pittsburgh, on the evening of Feb. 15.
“I would definitely recommend [Shen Yun] for people to get a sense of this much, much closer global world that we live in then we have [had] before,” he said.
The New York–based Shen Yun has a mission to revitalize 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture by storytelling through classical Chinese and traditional ethnic dance, original orchestra music and award winning soloists.
Mr. Applegate particularly encouraged youth in high school and college to take the time to attend “because this is going to be their future, to have this unification.”
“It is a very different entertainment approach than we usually see here in the United States, so it is a very interesting cultural event,” Mr. Applegate said. “It also embodies so many different arts at one time which are interesting to see.”
He stated that Shen Yun performance has a lot of expression, feeling, and energy, as well as a lot of discipline.
He appreciated the sense of compassion displayed in the performance: “There were moments of joy, and moments of tremendous sense of compassion on the part of the performers to what they were trying to say through the art. I appreciated that.”
Reporting by Valerie Avore and Cat Rooney.
Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will perform at The Benedum Center for the Performing Arts, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, through Feb. 16.
For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.