Shen Yun Performing Arts took to the stage at the Orpheum Theater in Omaha, Nebraska, on the evening of April 3 and is set to perform again on April 4.
Ahead of the performance, several Nebraska officials welcomed the world’s premier classical Chinese dance company.
Representative Don Bacon wrote, “Thank you for the opportunity to learn about 5000 years of Chinese culture and history, but also your willingness to spread the message of democratic principles.”
Nebraska Governor Jim Pillen wrote, “Shen Yun Performing Arts discloses the truth about human rights, which blends in Nebraska’s highest value of freedom, peace, and equity.”
Nebraska state senators Teresa Ibach, Steve Erdman, and Jane Raybould also wrote letters of welcome for the New York-based arts company.
“It is truly a unique work of traditional Chinese art and culture that is certain to captivate all who witness this dynamic performance,” wrote Ibach. “I would like to sincerely thank Shen Yun for their dedication to sharing this classical Chinese performance and for promoting cultural diversity through dance and music.”
Erdman expressed appreciation for the cultural exchange opportunity. “Shen Yun Performing Arts has for many years presented performances which foster a love of music and raise appreciation for traditional Chinese art and culture. We are extremely excited to welcome Shen Yun Performing Arts back to Nebraska.”
Raybould was grateful for the benefits Shen Yun could bring to audiences’ mental health. “I am grateful for Shen Yun’s dedication to create performances and music that can ‘make people calm down, be peaceful, relieve pressure, stress, and anxiety.'”
Omaha City Mayor Jean Stothert welcomed Shen Yun with a proclamation.
“Evoking themes of virtue, compassion, and courage, audiences from all backgrounds leave Shen Yun Performing Arts filled with joy, energy, hope, and peace,” Stothert wrote.
The Omaha City Council also issued a proclamation welcoming Shen Yun.
“The City of Omaha commends Shen Yun Performing Arts commitment to educating audiences about authentic Chinese culture and encourages everyone who can to attend performances at the Orpheum Theater.”
La Vista City Mayor Douglas Kindig encouraged residents of the Greater Omaha area to see the performance.
“Shen Yun is an artistic revival and celebration of China’s rich cultural heritage,” he wrote.
The Douglas County Board of County Commissioners also passed a resolution welcoming Shen Yun.
“The company’s success has been remarkable, with artists and critics alike agreeing that the production is among the best in the world now traveling to more than 180 cities yearly with all-new productions showcasing ‘China before Communism,'” it states.