Baltimore Audience Says Shen Yun Is ‘Like a Feast for the Eyes and Spirit’

February 14, 2024

Shen Yun Performing Arts graced the stage at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore, Maryland, on Feb. 10 and 11, bringing the audiences 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture.

“It’s almost like a feast for the eyes and the spirit, the music and the singing and the dancing. It’s very uplifting,” said Jill Seidman, the general counsel and chief compliance officer at Expect Equity.

“I loved it, it was absolutely beautiful. The dancers were amazing. All of the different colors and flags and everything they were using was just quite stunning. Really came to life, so I was utmost impressed,” said Melissa Billman, a senior broker manager.

“It’s extremely entertaining and inspirational, actually. I learned a lot about the history of it. Especially when they talked about some of the acrobatics and what I thought originally would have been more based in ballet or something like that, but actually had a Chinese origin. I thought that was fascinating,” said James Travis, an attorney.

Audience members say they were deeply touched by the culture and values depicted in the performance, and how it relates to China today.

“I had no idea of almost any of this before seeing Shen Yun and it really opens your eyes to really what’s going on in China now and the persecution [of spiritual groups],” said Daniel O’Keefe, who is a data performance analyst at Maryland Department of Labor.

“It is unfortunate that it’s still going on in China to this day. It’s also unfortunate that such an ancient culture, year and year, millennia of history, even longer than Europe’s, was thrown away by such a regime such as the Communist Party,” said Connor Wright, a corporate sales support at MBA.

“I just think that people have beliefs and I think that came out in the show that people believe in fortitude and in goodness, and that is something that people strive for. And that it’s an important value,” said Ms. Seidman.

“Truthfulness, compassion, forbearance, kindness for all. There is a creator, and he has sent his salvation. We just need to work with each other to understand that and to share that and have peace on the earth,” said Roxanne Wolgemuth, a retired chaplain.

Shen Yun is touring the world with 8 companies simultaneously. And every season, its artists bring an all-new program with original dance, music, costumes, and backdrops. Theatergoers say they appreciate the beauty of the performance.

Caroline Semancik, an attorney, felt good after seeing Shen Yun.

“I’m in such a good mood. It’s beautiful. It’s just such a beautiful spectacle.”

“Go see it because you’re going to see some of the best dancers out there. And it’s nice for people to understand a little bit more about the effect that the Chinese Communist Party has on China. And I think that’s really important to share as well, because most people just don’t know,” said Vaughn Hatton, who works as an information technology auditor for the U.S. Department of Defense.

“Thank you so much for all your years of dedication and training to bring such a beautiful performance to us. We are all blessed to be here,” said Sheila Buergin, the director of perioperative services at Kaiser Permanente.

Shen Yun will be performing at the Phoenix Orpheum in Phoenix, Arizona, from Feb. 13 to 18.

NTD News, Baltimore, Maryland