Shen Yun ‘Transported Me to Another Fantasy World,’ Says Wisconsin Theatergoer

Feb 05, 2024
Shen Yun ‘Transported Me to Another Fantasy World,’ Says Wisconsin Theatergoer
Kathy Hoffman and Mike Orlando enjoyed Shen Yun's matinee at the Miller High Life Theatre on Feb. 4, 2024. (NTD)

MILWAUKEE, Wis.—Company CEO Mike Orlando and Kathy Hoffman, a retired school teacher, enjoyed Shen Yun Performing Arts on Feb. 4, at the Miller High Life Theatre.

Mr. Orlando thought the experience was “marvelous.”

“We loved it—it was creative,” he said after the matinee. “We loved the artistry. I thought the colors were outstanding, and the history was also very informative.”

Based in New York, Shen Yun is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company.
Its program includes classical Chinese, ethnic, folk, and short storyline dances, as well as solo musical performances. Together with the live orchestra, the artists recount tales and legends ranging from ancient times to the modern day.
Mr. Orlando loved that Shen Yun “taught you a lot about Chinese culture and [showed] the stories of people [in history] and their lives.”
“It’s very different from what we get to see on a daily basis,” he said, adding that divinity and spirituality were themes that were “brought up a lot in the dances and certainly in the music.”

“It was very inspiring,” he expressed.

Belief in the divine was once an important part of Chinese life. However, in the decades following the communist takeover and the spread of atheism, this aspect of Chinese traditional culture was all but destroyed.

Shen Yun artists are seeking to revive the glory of China’s 5,000 years of history and share with everyone all that was good and beautiful in China before communism.

Reflecting on this aspect of the show, Ms. Hoffman said it made her feel “very surreal and serene.”

“It was very ethereal—kind of uplifting and very sad at times. It went the range of emotions,” she stated.

“It kind of transported me to another fantasy world. Just the lightning of the show, the colors, the gracefulness of the dancers, and the stories—I like that they introduced each dance and gave you the story behind each program.”

Mr. Orlando, on the other hand, was moved by the enthusiasm of Shen Yun dancers and felt the energy coming from the stage.

“The dancers were very enthusiastic. I think they interact really well with the audience. It was super fun. I loved it, it’s great,” he expressed.

He would tell others who haven’t yet seen the show that, “You should absolutely come. It’s a wonderful experience.”

Reporting by NTD and Jennifer Tseng.
The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. We have covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.
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