Shen Yun

Shen Yun an Anniversary Gift in Normal

Shen Yun made audience member feel ‘warm and fuzzy’
BY Cat Rooney TIMEApril 13, 2014 PRINT

NORMAL, Ill.—“I would recommend it highly to anybody that would like to be culturally enhanced,” said Chuck Schuette about Shen Yun Performing Arts Tour Company. “It’s very very good.”

As a 46th year wedding anniversary gift, Mr. Schuette brought his wife, Chris, to see the performance at Braden Auditorium at the University of Illinois on April 13. They both thoroughly enjoyed the performance.

Shen Yun’s 2013 world tour included performing in some 350 cities in 106 countries. It is the first time they have performed in Normal, Ill.

“Very beautiful,” Mr. Schuette said of the 5,000 years of traditional culture depicted by Shen Yun. The company presents dance, music, song, costumes, and animated backdrops.

“Costumes are fantastic. Music is very good. A very interesting story,” said Mr. Schuette, president of Central Illinois Scale Company in Decator, Ill.

Shen Yun aims to be entertaining and educational. “I have learned a lot about China that never knew before,” he said.

The Schuettes had front row seats offering a great view of the dancers’ movements. “It looks like they are floating across the floor, very interesting,” Ms. Schuette said.

“The costumes are beautiful,” she said. “Just ancient Chinese history, you know, the things that you … used to be able to see but you can’t see anymore.”

According to the company’s website, “Shen Yun draws top artists from around the world. With a passion for the classical arts, they join Shen Yun in its mission to revive a culture that was once almost lost.”

Ms. Schuette felt Shen Yun’s mission is important for not only Chinese descendants to know their history but also to keep their cultural religious traditions alive. She further explained, “So, that would be lost if somebody didn’t carry it through like the Shen Yun” company.

The couple would absolutely recommend Shen Yun to others.

“It’s just a beautiful thing to come and watch,” said Ms. Scheutte.

Shen Yun made her feel “warm and fuzzy.”

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. There will be two performances in Columbus April 15-16. 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.

Cat Rooney
Cat Rooney is a photographer based in the Midwest. She has been telling stories through digital images as a food, stock, and assignment photojournalist for Epoch Times since 2006. Her experience as a food photographer had a natural expansion into recipe developer in 2012, thus her Twitter handle @RecipeGirl007.
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