Mr. Dick Carlson, retired executive vice-president of a life insurance company and his wife celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on this cold Valentine’s Day by enjoying Shen Yun Performing Arts.
Shen Yun is a New York-based company that made its debut in 2006. It has grown to four touring companies that perform in at least 100 cities and 20 countries each season.
“This is the first time I’ve seen this. I know it’s been to town before. We both wanted to come here for our anniversary. And this is just a real treat. We’re enjoying it so much,” Mr. Carlson said.
Through classical Chinese dance Shen Yun brings to life 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture, most of which has been lost or abandoned since the communist regime assumed control some 60 years ago.
“My impression is that the culture there is so beautiful. … I’m here with my wife and we’re celebrating our 50th anniversary. So, we’re really enjoying it very much,” he said.
“The Chinese culture is fascinating. You hear about all the things that are going on in China, but you don’t see this side of it,” Mr. Carlson commented. “The countryside, the people are so kind. It’s very beautiful. I love it.”
“I think that we have the same thing here in this country, as far as wanting peace and the love we have for other people,” Mr. Carlson said referring to common values and morals he found in the performance.
Tonight’s performance was the first of four performances Shen Yun will perform in Minneapolis this season.
Reporting by Sally Sun and Andrew Darin
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit Shen Yun Performing Arts.
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