Shen Yun

Three Generations in Madison Enjoy the Beauty of Shen Yun

BY Cat Rooney TIMEApril 11, 2014 PRINT

MADISON, Wis.—“It’s very beautiful,” said Nanni Welter about the premier classic dance and music company, Shen Yun Performing Arts, at the Overture Center of the Arts on April 10.

Nanni came to see the show with her mother, Elaine Welter, and her 10-year-old son, Ceanu.

For 5,000 years, divine culture flourished in the land of China and Shen Yun is bringing back this traditional culture. It is doing so through classical Chinese and folk dance, a unique orchestra combining Western and Eastern traditional instruments, dazzling costumes, and much more.

Nanni was most impressed with “the dancing, the lotuses, the fans.”

For Elaine Welter it was the flowing silk ribbons and scarves and “how they can whirl them around, beautiful,” she said.

The senior Welter is a retired secretary of the Diocese of Green Bay and from De Pere, about two hours from Madison. Nanni describes herself as a homemaker. Others may also know her as a Madison area real estate investor and hotel owner.

Shen Yun’s mission is to restore traditional culture which is steeped in values and morals and told through 20 some mini-dance and song performances. These depict legends, myths, and past and current Chinese history.

Nanni Welter thought Shen Yun’s mission to restore spirituality through performance was wonderful. She believes in freedom of religion. “We are Buddhist too, so we like that.”

Several of the dance performances were about the faith-based group in China who have been oppressed and cannot practice freely there for over a decade.

Elaine was also appreciative of the mission. “I think it’s a beautiful thing. It’s a beautiful inspiring thing, very nice.”

Both of the Welter women said they would recommend Shen Yun to family and friends.

Nanni stated, “It’s epic, its really epic.” Ceanu’s would call the performance “appetizing.”

“Yes I would [recommend Shen Yun],” Elaine further explained. “It’s a beautiful performance. It really is. It takes a lot of studying, a lot of practice. They’re beautiful people.”

She is right, the heart of Shen Yun is classical Chinese dance, known for its distinct leaps, spins, jumps and movements requiring extensive training.

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.

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

Cat Rooney
Cat Rooney is a photographer based in the Midwest. She has been telling stories through digital images as a food, stock, and assignment photojournalist for Epoch Times since 2006. Her experience as a food photographer had a natural expansion into recipe developer in 2012, thus her Twitter handle @RecipeGirl007.
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