’I Feel Full of Life Again,’ Radio Host After Shen Yun

Ilene Eng
By Ilene Eng
January 11, 2022Shen Yunshare

Audience members who watched Shen Yun at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco on Jan. 7 said the performance filled them with feelings of inspiration and hope.

“It’s amazing. We absolutely love it,” said Larissa Pommerand, an entrepreneur at League One Volleyball. “The talent is incredible. The teamwork and synchronization of the dancers is so impressive. And the storytelling is really, really cool. There’s a real history and culture to the dance, more than just the technique.”

Under decades of communist rule, much of traditional Chinese culture has nearly been lost. Shen Yun’s mission is to revive it through dance and music.

“I could tell the people were committed to telling a story, and sharing their belief about what China was and could be again,” said Dann Allen, senior director at Banking and Payments Intelligence.

“The very subtle overtones and undertones that go on through much of the performance here,” noted Bob Miller, an ophthalmologist. “And I think it’s a beautiful thing, even to begin by saying, we believe that all of us came from divinity, and then we come here and we live a life on this earth. I think that gives people the idea that you should watch yourself, try to remember the divine inside of you, and try to live a good clean life, be kind to others, do as you would like to be judged in the afterlife.”

Much of China’s rich cultural heritage is divinely inspired. Its wisdom, enriched with years of Buddhist and Taoist spirituality and values, gave birth to medical innovations, architecture, opera, and dance. Shen Yun strives to present it all on stage.

“I love people who love the spirit, who love God, and that’s what I see in Shen Yun. And I see people who are unafraid to love their God, and that’s what I appreciate,” said Michael Olson, radio host at KSCO.

“We love it, because for two years, you know, we’ve been in lockdown, so to be able to come into the city, living on the peninsula, but to be able to come in here and enjoy this, experience this,” said Brian Truesdale, a sales executive. “We just hope we see light at the end of the tunnel, but with Omicron, things kind of locking down a little bit more, now we’re just taking every opportunity to enjoy the experience.”

“We have a lot of troubles going on right now. So there’s a lot of people at odds with each other,” Allen said. “And so messages of peace and hope are very important, I think.”

“I feel uplifted. And I feel full of life again,” Olson said. “So when I walk out this door tonight, I’m going to do so with a smile on my face.”

NTD News, San Francisco

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