CLEVELAND—“The performance was beautiful,” said John Miller, who is in the oil and gas business. “It was wonderful.” He is referring to the Shen Yun Performing Arts performance at Cleveland’s State Theatre on the afternoon of Super Bowl Sunday.
Mr. Miller, was president and CEO of Alliance Corporation and is now with Aim Energy, brought his extended family since they had never experienced classical Chinese dance before. “It was just fantastic,” he said.
Shen Yun is revitalizing ancient Chinese culture, which spans 5,000 years of divinely inspired civilization. It does so with story-based dance, music, and song.
Mr. Miller stated that he learned a little more about this traditional culture through the performance and would like to learn even more.
The heart of Shen Yun is classical Chinese dance with its incredible flips and spins, and its gentle elegance.
He described the performance as “very disciplined, very artistic.”
The performance left him “inspired, absolutely inspired. I mean … obviously the dancers are beautiful. They are both athletes and dancers. It was just nice to watch the choreography and watch them move.”
Shen Yun is known for its classical Chinese dance and the colorful animated backdrops for each mini-drama. The Shen Yun engineers are leaders in the field of this animation. They set the scene for historical or heavenly places and transport the performers back and forth from earth to the heavens, according to the company’s website.
“I liked when they interject both the dancers and the animation. It was very well done,” said Mr. Miller.
Mr. Miller concluded with his thoughts on what this performance might offer the world: “Today’s society needs more discipline. They need more art. They need to get out of themselves and to look at others. I think this performance gives them a little bit of that.”
Reporting by Stacey Tang and Cat Rooney
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit Shen Yun Performing Arts.
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.