CHICAGO—As Shen Yun Performing Arts continues on its journey throughout the Midwest, it receives hails of praise from Illinois and Chicago leaders as it returns to the iconic Cadillac Palace Theater. The New York-based dance and music company will give a total of four performances running March 6-8.
Throughout its global tour, Shen Yun has reestablished the monumental essence of traditional Chinese culture and dance and now returns to the great city of Chicago, a beacon city of culture, expression, and diversity.
“Delivering performances that are not only visually stunning, but entertaining and educational, Shen Yun continues to marvel its audiences with its great beauty,” proclaimed Chicago City Alderman William D. Burns, Alderman, 4th Ward. The work Shen Yun does “…continues to be a beacon of light and a valued resource that educates the masses on Chinese culture, history, and experiences.”
In the spirit of positive proclamations and a welcoming return, Shen Yun Performing Arts received grand salutations from Cook County Circuit Clerk: “Now, therefore I, Dorothy Brown, clerk of the Circuit Court of Will County, and official keeper of records for all judicial matters brought into one of the largest court systems in the world, do hereby salute Shen Yun Performing Arts on the occasion of its grand performances at the Cadillac Palace Theater, Chicago, Illinois.”
“I would like to extend my warmest wishes to tonight’s performers for (their) dedication to Shen Yun Performing Arts,” proclaimed U.S. Sen. from Illinois Dick Durban, extending special appreciation to the world-class dance company. On behalf of Chicago and the State of Illinois, he welcomes Shen Yun and thanks them for bringing its performance to the city of Chicago.
“Troubles continue to challenge our world and our goal of an everlasting peace,” added Michael Madigan, Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives. “But performances like Shen Yun can help unite us by fostering greater understanding and appreciation for unique and historic cultures. On behalf of the Illinois General Assembly, I would like to thank Shen Yun Performing Arts for including Illinois in its 2015 tour.”
Shen Yun Performing Arts was additionally honored in House Resolution number 12 on January 28, of this year. A selection of the resolution reads: “Resolved of the House of Representatives of the Ninety-Ninth General Assembly of the State of Illinois, that we honor Shen Yun Performing Arts troupe, thank them for their visits to the State of Illinois, and wish them continued success in all their endeavors.”
“These performances entertain a variety of fans, while preserving and honoring the traditional Chinese culture,” added Illinois Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger. “May this weekend of performances honor (its) past history while paving the way for a bright and successful future.” She wishes Shen Yun many congratulations and continued successes.
Chicago is considered one of the cultural centers of the U.S. and features a variety of Broadway caliber shows and artistic venues including museums and galleries. “Our city and state pride themselves on cultural diversity and Chicago has long been a gateway welcoming the world to the heart of America,” said Kwame Raoul, State Senator for the 13th Legislative District. “The Chicago public is privileged to have this opportunity to view (Shen Yun’s) showcase of classical Chinese dance and other traditional entertainment.”
“The outstanding performers, dazzling costumes, excellent vocalists, thunderous drums, and spectacular backdrops is a fun and brilliant blend of beauty, energy, and grace,” proclaimed Dr. Gopal G. Lalmalani, Village of Oak Brook President. He believes the path they’ve chosen to follow will forever be marked by all the lives they have changed.
“Chinese dance and theatrical performances are such a testament to the long and rich Chinese culture,” said Debuty Minority Leader Patricia R. Bellock, Illinois State Respresentative for the 47th District. She wishes them a happy and prosperous Year of the Sheep and a great success with their illuminating, ‘Best of the Best,’ production this March.
“I commend Shen Yun for their use of music and the arts to promote a cross-cultural message of international understanding,” proclaimed Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White. “Again, welcome back to Chicago and best wishes for a most successful event.”
Secretary of State Jesse White is no stranger to the performing arts. The Jesse White Tumbling Team has thrilled international audiences since 1959.
Chicago rests in historic Cook County, there Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez addresses Shen Yun’s audience members directly with a straight-forward prelude: “You are about to experience a breathtaking display of culture and showmanship that will inspire you and lift your spirits. As this wonderful show returns to our fine city here at the Cadillac Palace Theater, I invite you to sit back and enjoy this moving and uplifting production.”
“It is with great pleasure that I extend greetings and congratulations to the amazing Shen Yun Performing Arts shows, presented at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, showing March 6th-8th,” proclaimed Illinois State Representative Marcus C. Evans Jr., of the 33rd District. “Their performances have been reviewed as ‘The Best of the Best’ by renowned artists, touring over 100 cities worldwide in 2014. I hope they will continue to strive for excellence and continue their legacy of achievement and success.”
“It is our hope this tenth season brings (Shen Yun) continued success here and that these performances continue to help Americans learn more about the rich Chinese cultural heritage,” proclaimed Daniel P. DiMaria Morton Grove Village President. “The Village of Morton Grove prides itself in its own cultural diversity and thereby extends our very best wishes to all during this performing season.”
“As Shen Yun enters its tenth full year touring, the company has presented more than 2,000 performances of classical Chinese dance showcasing story-based choreography spanning themes from 5,000 years of Chinese history all performed to music played on both Western and Chinese instruments,” said Mayor Brad Stephens of the Village of Rosemont. “That is a significant accomplishment for any performing arts group.”
“An important cultural event such as this is a perfect time to celebrate the arts and traditional Chinese culture,” stated William Q. Davis, Illinois State Representative of the 30th District of Illinois.
With so many words of encouragement from so many notable authorities, it’s no doubt that Shen Yun will once again bring traditional Chinese culture and dance to Chicago this year and add to the great city’s long heritage of honoring diversity and culture.
With reporting by Paul Darin
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.
Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reaction since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006