CHEYENNE, Wyo.—Audience members shared their reactions after seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts at Wyoming’s capital in March.
“At times I was brought to tears by its beauty and passion. It was very moving emotionally. It was very good,” said Danielle Moyte, owner of Water of Life Plumbing and Heating.
Mrs. Moyte saw the performance with her husband Phillip Moyte, who also runs the business.
“The dresses are so beautiful. Everything is so beautiful,” Mr. Moyte said.
“I cannot tell you—all of the people I was with were just amazed at how much discipline it takes to perform these feats of strength and acrobatics. It’s amazing,” said Harmony Savoia, area director of sales and marketing at Aimbridge Hospitality.
It was Savoias’s second time watching Shen Yun.
“It’s visually stunning, and it’s stories that need to be told,” she said.
Lara County School District psychologist Sarah Perkins said, “they’re amazing. I think they’re very talented and obviously have studied a lot.”
Shen Yun, based in New York, was founded in 2006 with the mission to revive the traditions of China’s 5,000-year-old heritage.
“I think it’s fantastic,” said Mark Perkins, assistant dean at the University of Wyoming. He is also an assistant professor.
“My favorite part is how it integrates the computer animation with the dance, and also adds some educational value,” Mr. Perkins said.
“Not only did it make me think about their physical ability, but the unity that they all have with one another is a beautiful thing,” Mr. Moyte said.
For thousands of years, classical Chinese dance was used to express traditional values like reverence for the heavens and the belief that good is rewarded and evil is punished.
“And I think there’s a lot of syntheses or connection between Chinese culture and say Christian culture. I think all people are essentially looking for their authentic selves and their authentic spiritual connection,” Mr. Perkins said.
“I think it’s important for everybody to be kind, and I think that was a good message for anybody,” Savoia said.
NTD News, Cheyenne, Wyoming