JACKSONVILLE, Fla.— Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, performed at Jacksonville’s Union Center for Performing Arts on Jan. 31.
Mr. Damien D’Anna, Vice President of Clear Channel, a northeastern Florida media company in radio advertisements and billboards, and his fianceé Ms. Sarah Painter came to the matinee show. Ms. Painter works full-time at a University, and is an actress in her spare time. Her interest in the arts had her looking forward to the Shen Yun show.
“I just want to take this opportunity to thank Shen Yun for coming to Jacksonville,” said Mr. D’Anna, expressing his hope that the artists would come back.
“My fianceé Sarah came tonight. We were hoping to be entertained and we were definitely entertained. Besides, we were also enriched. We want to express our appreciation for that.”
Mr. D’Anna graciously awarded the Shen Yun Performing Arts company a miniature billboard to commemorate the event.
Speaking more about the show, he said, “I really enjoyed it. I was expecting to be entertained. It was very enriching. We are amazed by some of the performances, especially the handkerchiefs. We are still trying to figure out how they did that.
According to the official program, in the scene Handkerchiefs the dancers are twirling and tossing their handkerchiefs with practiced ease, young girls dance before a verdant landscape. Spunky and spirited, this northeastern folk dance captures the flair of a flourishing spring that finally blossoms in a sparkling finale.
Story-based dances of ancient heroic legends and folktales, plus contemporary stories in modern day China are integral to Shen Yun.
“It was unique, as Americans are able to get that perspective on Chinese culture and the current events that are going on in China and how they are affecting the world. It was for us important to have an experience on such a stage.” …… (more details from The Epoch Times)