(Clearwisdom.net) The New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts held shows at the Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas between February 5 and 6, 2010.

Ms. Amacker, account executive for CBS, with her granddaughter.

It was a "magnificent" first, said audience member Ms. Amacker, an account executive for CBS.

"I thought the show was fabulous. It was the first time that I had been to this, and it was just magnificent--the costumes were magnificent, the music was just incredible--really, something that everyone should see."

"It was just beautiful, just absolutely beautiful! I enjoyed it," she said. Ms. Amacker highly recommended the show, saying, "I brought my granddaughter and she loves it, and we just had a wonderful evening, and I would highly recommend it to everyone."

Compliance Manager: "It was just amazing!"

Also in attendance was Mr. Roeber, a credit card security compliance manager who said he was moved by the performances that depicted the persecution of Falun Gong in China.

"I loved it. I especially liked the way they really talked about some of the issues in China nowadays and got it out in front of everybody, so that it can remind people of what's going on over there, so I liked it a lot."

He also spoke about the costumes and choreography, saying, "I thought the costumes were fantastic and the choreography was fantastic. It was just amazing! I'd come back and see it every year if [Shen Yun] comes back every year."

The performance that he said he liked the most was In a Miao Village, saying, "That was great. I really liked that part of it, so that was probably my favorite."

Renowned Musician: Shen Yun "More than just entertainment"

Also in attendance was New York-born musician and producer John Anthony Martinez and Australian-born producer, singer and show designer Shueh-li Ong.

New York-born musician and producer John Anthony Martinez and Australian-born producer, singer and show designer Shueh-li Ong.

During the intermission, Mr. Martinez shared his thoughts about the show, saying, "I'm pretty impressed with how they combine the music with the dance and the backdrop. It's pretty neat, I can tell that they put a lot of time into the dance. I was interested to see the subject matter of the pieces that they've chosen-the spirituality, and of course the humanity and hope, so I'm still waiting to see how it finishes. It's very interesting."

Referring to the dance, Wu Song Battles the Tiger, he smiled and said, "I laughed at the scene with the drunk man and listening to the way the music sounded like a drunk man. It was great, I loved it, that was good."

Ms. Ong added, "I've spent some time doing theater, so it was interesting to see--not just the music or hear the musical aspects of the orchestra, which is very good--but to witness theatrical art in combination with the orchestra."

She particularly liked the fact that Shen Yun is promoting traditional arts, saying, "How many people are interested in the preservation of traditional arts anymore? So I like that, I like the whole meaning behind the show."

Mr. Martinez said he had never seen a show like Shen Yun before, "All this beautiful music, all this beautiful dancing, all these colors, the screens, all the imagination of the designers comes through, and I realized that this is more than just entertainment, and that there's really a message."

Regarding the two performamces, Nothing Can Block the Divine Path and Astounding Conviction--which both touch on the plight of Falun Gong in China today--Mr. Martinez said, "I thought it was very sad that if people aren't free to think and practice their beliefs, whatever they be, then their imaginations won't be free to create beautiful productions like this ... won't be free to write this kind of music, think of these types of dances, create these kinds of pieces of art that we saw on the backdrop.

"It's sad, because someone practicing their belief for their faith or religion, is just someone trying to find the meaning of life so that they know what their value is, and what their purpose is."

He talked about the way the show forced him to question his assumptions in life, saying, "... if you can do that ... that's pretty amazing. This show makes people question their assumptions, and mine too.

"I didn't know you couldn't say the truth [in China]. I didn't know that you weren't allowed to do that. And again if people can't express their spirituality, if they can't express their thoughts freely, then you're going to lose that and so this show is important."

He likened the Shen Yun show to a "voice in the wilderness" that speaks up for those who are unable to speak up for themselves.

When asked if he would attend next year's show, he replied, "I think it'll be interesting to see the show next year ... I look forward to seeing it."

Interior Designer: "It definitely was very enjoyable; it was a lot of fun!"

Sarah Shirey (C), her son Tommy, and Surprize Knight in Music Hall at Fair Park.

Sara Shirey, an interior designer, attended the show with her three children and her friend, Surprize Knight, a health care manager.

Ms. Shirey excitely talked about the 3-D backdrops, saying, "I loved it! I really did. I thought the way they did the backdrop was wonderful. It kept my attention."

She was thrilled that her children also enjoyd the show, "It was nice to hear the kids go 'ooh' instead of 'when can we go?' It definitely was very enjoyable; it was a lot of fun," she said.



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