The six Shen Yun Performing Arts touring companies presented performances in the United States, Australia, and Europe during the week of March 3-10, 2019.
Opens Your Mind
Andres Gonzalez, senior newscast director at KLAS TV in Las Vegas, saw the Shen Yun show with his wife at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada, on March 8.
“It was great, beautiful…” he said. “The music of the performance by the orchestra was amazing.”
“It opens your mind to a whole lot of different things that you’ll never expect from a different part of the world, from a different culture.
“It shows throughout the show… The way they portray God and the spiritual beings to help them in their lives… We also believe in spiritual beings,” Mr. Gonzalez said.
Baritone: The Music Changes My Breathing
Award-winning baritone opera singer John Cimino saw Shen Yun with his wife Rachel St-Vincent at Lincoln Center in New York City on March 8, 2019.
“The music changes my breathing. I breathe more lightly, more completely,” Mr. Cimino said.
“I will remember this for a long time, and when I compose my own music, I will remember this inspiration.
“The ideas of the composer were expressed through many different instruments in a very imaginative way, very exciting… always exuberant and full of life.
“For me, the most fantastic of all is the dancing… They are so athletic and graceful, artistic and inspired. They seem to float in the air!
“It’s a very happy experience… I’m learning from this experience and I find it a great way to bring this into my world of understanding,” he said.
A Very Human Story
Nick Cater, executive director of the Menzies Research Centre, an Australian public policy think tank, saw Shen Yun perform in Sydney, Australia, on March 10, 2019.
“It’s magnificent. I mean technically magnificent, but also uplifting,” Mr. Cater said.
“There’s a message of hope… We need hope around the world, so that is a universal message… not to be beaten down by trials but to overcome them.
“To see China as it was, a very advanced country with very rich culture, and then to see it going through a very difficult period culturally… And to see that in the end, that great hope that the human spirit triumphs… It’s a very human story, and I love that,” he said.
Uplifting and Amusing
Italian-Australian fashion designer Carla Zampatti attended the Shen Yun performance at the Sydney Lyric Theatre in Sydney, Australia, on March 8, 2019.
“I love the costumes and the color… It kind of influences my ideas of what I want to do for the next collection,” she said.
“They’re fun. There’s a lot of humor, which I think it is very important. [It’s] very engaging.
“Incredible, just amazing… I would describe it as a must do… It is very inspiring, very knowledge-giving, and yet uplifting and amusing.”
Heavenly and Life-Changing
Misti Cain, a high school Spanish teacher and soprano singer, saw Shen Yun perform at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada, on March 7, 2019.
Ms. Cain said the Shen Yun performance was “glorious and heavenly… Life-changing and hopeful.”
“The singers were absolutely wonderful… What I loved especially was the message behind their music and the purity of their voices. It was very special.”
“That’s still in their hearts, and that was portrayed through tonight’s performance.
“It made me feel like I was this great creature that can fly, that can move about, that that’s not encumbered by this mortal body that decays and grows old and has disease. That is the feeling I had, was just freedom from that entrapment,” she said.
Shen Yun continues its world tour with upcoming performances in Orlando, Florida on March 13-17; Salt Lake City, Utah on March 14-17; Berlin, Germany on March 15-17; and Goyang, South Korea on March 17.
Photos courtesy of Minghui.
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