Shen Yun delivers splendid colors in Chicago

Feng Xue
By Feng Xue
March 14, 2017Entertainment

World-renowned Chinese classical dance company performed at the Rosemont Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.

The second show sold out once more, drawing rave reviews from audience members.

“I loved it,” said Music teacher Natalie Galey.  “I loved the music. I thought it was very well done, the composer, everything matched up with what they were doing in the dance. I thought it was really impressive how they tied those two together.”  

Galey said she was surprised by learn from the show the long history of classical Chinese dance, and that it influenced many other forms of dance.

“I had no idea so it was really cool to learn that,” she added.

“The color’s just so phenomenal,” said activity director Jane Gregory. “There’s ups and downs, in the end everybody comes together. It was just beautiful.”

Audience members were thrilled to see five thousand years of Chinese history displayed on stage. However, many felt concerned about the current situation in China, where people are persecuted by the government.

“I didn’t know that was so recent and that it’s going on today,” said nursing home phlebotomist Allie Hellmuth, referring to the pieces that depict the persecution of Chinese people. “That was an eye opener.”

“I also thought the Child’s Choice was really touching and somewhat disturbing actually, to learn about the state of things in China right now, and the fact that the show can’t actually be performed there. That was touching to me because I can see why the history and culture is so important to the Chinese people, so I think it’s beautiful that it’s being shared and it’s being preserved. But I also found it really upsetting that the state of things in China right now is that it can’t be shared there,” said Galey.

“Five thousand years of Chinese culture has been sadly suppressed by the government,” said technician Kit Gillman, referring to the fact that the show is banned from performing in China.  

“It’s really sad that they’ve done that. That’s very sad. I’m glad that they produce this and you can actually see it. It’s very good, I like it alot.”

Shen Yun will be performing in Phoenix, Arizona, next from March 14-19.


(NTD Staff)

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