GREELEY, Colo.—With people having to tolerate the disruption to daily life brought about by the pandemic over the past two years, the presentation of Shen Yun Performing Arts in Greeley, Colo., was a welcome change.
For Melonie and Jeff Eastham, driving two and a half hours to the Monfort Concert Hall to see Shen Yun was a chance to experience another side of life.
After enjoying the artistic cultural experience in a theater with others, they commented on what stood out for them. “Its beauty and grace. It’s really nice,” said Jeff, president of a small contracting company.
Melonie, a teacher of literature, said, “I love the color and just the fluid movement. It’s just lovely.”
Beauty and History Take-Aways
New York-based Shen Yun presents traditional classical Chinese dance and folk dances supported by a unique orchestra made up of both orchestral instruments from the West and traditional Chinese instruments.
Tracey Sanders, a high school teacher, and her husband Bohdi, a martial artist and author, were also in the audience. Bohdi’s latest publication is “The Art of Inner Peace.” He has studied Taoism and Sun Tzu.
“Beautiful dancers, incredible history,” said Tracey. Shen Yun depicted “Beautiful spiritual feelings and beautiful people.”
“You can see the character and the deep spirituality of the people through the dances. It’s beautiful,” she said.
Shen Yun’s mini-dramas, told through dance, draw their themes from 5,000 years of Chinese history, with dancers depicting moral and legendary tales from China’s spiritual teachings and dynastic periods.
Bodhi was impressed by the flexibility of the dancers. “I also like the pageantry, the colors, and … the history of China.”
Shen Yun has highlighted the differences between the beauty of ancient Chinese culture and China today, he said.
They “can’t even show the [Shen Yun] show in China, which is sad … because, if they did, people would not be satisfied with what they have now,” Bohdi explained.
Shen Yun has set itself the mission of reviving the authentic traditional Chinese culture which has been deliberately destroyed by the communist regime. For this reason, Shen Yun has been banned from performing in communist China.
As a writer, Bohdi appreciated the stories portrayed by the Shen Yun dance pieces.
“Each individual piece is an individual story and individual time in Chinese history,” he noted.
Reporting by Sally Sun, Nancy Ma, and Diane Cordemans.
The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. We have covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.