(Clearwisdom.net) The country’s oldest grand opera house,
the Academy of Music, was host to the most spectacular of
performances on Tuesday night, Shen Yun Performing Arts. The New
York-based Shen Yun is the world’s premier Chinese classical dance
and music company. Its opening performance in Philadelphia drew
repeated applause for its beautiful staging, choreography, and
Shen Yun Performing Arts' opening night at the
nation's oldest grand opera hall, the Academy of Music, in
"Tonight's performance was really second to none" - New
Jersey State Senator Fred Madden
New Jersey State Senator, Fred Madden, gives a
speech during a VIP reception for Shen Yun
At a VIP reception after the performance, master of ceremonies
Kelly Wen said, “Our show features 5,000 years of Chinese culture;
it is a show that is considered to be divinely inspired.”
New Jersey State Senator, Fred Madden attended Shen Yun for the
“Tonight's performance was really second to none. The costumes were
exquisite, the message was profoundly delivered, transcending many
cultural lines. I believe that the singing was the best that it
could be, and the dancing was literally outstanding,” said Mr.
Mr. Madden had planned to attend the performance with his wife, but
at the last minute, his wife’s father had to go into the emergency
room. Mr. Madden went to Shen Yun anyway to tell the organizers and
Shen Yun performers, “Know this: that there are Americans that
understand the challenges that face the people in China, and it is
a problem, it is a problem that this country needs to stand up
against—a lot of the injustices that are being done,” Mr. Madden
"It was fabulous"- Bill George, President and CEO of Health
Bill George, President and CEO of the non-profit organization
Health Partners, and a Gold sponsor of Shen Yun, said, “Tonight was
an absolutely magnificent event.”
Health Partners works to provide medical assistance and insurance
coverage to 10 percent of the city’s youth through the children’s
health insurance program.
“It was my first time seeing classical Chinese dance, and it was
fabulous. I regret that there are only two nights of this
performance, and I hope that you come back next year and you are
here for four and much larger venues so that more Philadelphians
can see how truly magical and wonderful this performance is,” added
"A wonderful show"- Ronald Kim, VP of Information Technology
Ronald Kim, VP of Information Technology for
“I thought the show was wonderful. It was such a great mix of
musical performance and dance, and the dance was so graceful and
full of athleticism. I was really amazed by the performance,” said
Mr. Ronald Kim, VP of Information Technology for Exelon.
Exelon is the largest electric utility in the country. Ranked 134th
in Fortune 500, it boasts $52.2 billion in assets. Mr. Kim is
responsible for all I.T. at PECO in Philadelphia, a subsidiary of
Exelon, serving 1.5 million customers.
“I was just really, really impressed,” he said of Shen Yun.
“I think it is a winning formula of very top notch artistic
performance, but interwoven with the culture aspect as well.”
Mr. Kim said that he didn’t know much about Chinese classical dance
and was impressed by how much he learned.
“I was really impressed by how the Chinese culture was interwoven
with the dance and musical performances and while I was enjoying
watching the performers, I felt like I learned a lot about the
Chinese culture along the way,” continued Mr. Kim.
“I just really loved the variety of the performances. The dances
were really incredible to watch, and then interwoven with the
musical performances, and the singing. I have never seen a show
with so much variety in it when the quality of the performance was
so high!” said Mr. Kim.
“For anybody who enjoys the arts I think it’s a wonderful show to
come to. I wish I'd brought my kids. I didn't get a chance to, but
for children, people of all ages, I think they would enjoy it,”
said Mr. Kim.
“It’s a wonderful show and I look forward to seeing it again in the
Chinese audience members feel both happy and
Two middle-aged women from China accepted an interview. One of
them, Ms. Li, is a well-educated lady. She said, “The show is
fabulous. As a Chinese person, I fell both happy and sorrowful
after watching the show. I am happy and proud because the caliber
of the show is so high and the audience gave warm applause in this
first class theater. I feel sorrow in my heart, on the other hand,
seeing what is occurring in China right now.”
Ms. Li continued, “As a Chinese, I feel sorry seeing fellow
citizens being persecuted in our own country. I know the facts and
feel sorrow in my heart seeing this depicted on stage.”
She said one of her best friends recommended she watch the show,
so she bought the best seat. She said, “Chinese people should come
to see the show.”
Doctors Deeply Impressed by Shen Yun
Susanna Squellerio saw the advertisements for Shen Yun
Performing Arts and thought it was something that she wanted to
see. She then brought her husband and another couple, all doctors,
with her to the Academy of Arts in Philadelphia on Wednesday night,
“The picture you have outside, they’re very attractive, so that’s
something I was looking for. And when I came here, it was exactly
what I was looking for,” affirmed Mrs. Squellerio.
“The message is very deep and very strong. And also the athletic
part, putting it into dance, it’s perfection. Everything is
perfect, it’s like in harmony, altogether,” said Mrs.
Her husband, Mr. Pablo Lavagnini, currently serves as Director of
Radiation Oncology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at
Eastern Regional Medical Center.
In many of the dances, you could feel what they were trying to tell
you, said Mr. Lavagnini.
Classical Chinese dance is one of the most expressive art forms in
the world and Shen Yun presents a wide variety of styles, including
ethnic and story-based dances.
Mrs. Shramila Chandran, who attended the performance with her
husband, Moses Chandran, said, “I thought this was awesome. It was
beautiful to see the artists performing and showing their
Doctors Shramila and Moses Chandran
“They’re definitely being very graceful. They’ve shown that they
are very graceful, and they’ve also shown some compassion in their
actions there. I think that’s really what they’re trying to portray
as part of their culture. We were able to get that and able to
grasp that. It was a beautiful expression of their culture,” she
Mr. Chandran said Shen Yun was very educational. “It’s like a
very strong cultural legacy that they’ve written down ... They
brought out their whole culture, transforming past and future, and
presenting it right now.”
“That was a meaningful thing. We don’t get to see that day-to-day,
and you get to see what it was like before. That’s really
inspirational,” he added.
Mr. Chandran, a trained medical doctor, owns and operates a medical
software company. His wife, Mrs. Chandran, is a medical oncologist
with Cancer Treatment Centers of America.
Mr. Lavagnini said: “Perhaps you feel a little bit of what [the
Chinese people] are missing, or what they left behind, for whatever
reasons they left it. They’re bringing it, like the scene with the
students and the teacher, and the cultural revolution when they
come and kill the teacher.”
Shen Yun, a non-profit organization founded in 2006, takes as its
mission the restoration of China’s lost cultural heritage. The
dance Mr. Lavagnini is referring to is Our Story, which is
inspired by a true account from today of a beloved teacher who is
persecuted for writing the principles of the spiritual discipline
of Falun Dafa: Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance, on the
Mr. Lavagnini reflected that one of the strongest aspects of
America is the large number of emigres, many of them Chinese. He
remarked how they remain attached to their roots, and said the
power of the Chinese people’s race and culture could be felt
through Shen Yun.
Attorney moved by Shen Yun becomes voice for change
Attorney Daniel Glennon, the principal in his law
Attorney Daniel Glennon, the principal
in his law firm, came back a second time on Feb. 23 to watch Shen
Yun at Philadelphia’s Academy of Music.
“I was here last night with my wife and tonight I am here with my
son,” he said.
Why did he want to bring his son and see it again himself?
“I found it very inspirational. I certainly wanted to expose my son
to this culture and to these remarkable performers,” he said.
Mr. Glennon said he was stirred by the messages that he perceived
and the artistic presentation of ideas.
“It approaches very current issues in a very artistic and
meaningful way, and it transmits a message beyond time. And it
brings forward a culture that’s older than any other culture on
this earth. And yet the relevance of those ancient ideas is upon us
Some scenes in the show depict contemporary China under repressive
rule. A beloved and loving teacher is arrested for teaching
traditional values, for example. That dance was based on a true
story, according to the Masters of Ceremonies who give context for
each dance. Mr. Glennon said the performance made him to want to
speak up and rouse others to do the same.
He spoke slowly and with deliberation: “The inspiration that I
gather from this, and I hope that anyone else who sees this, is not
only to tell other people about this but also to voice their
opinion. And to learn about what's going on in China right now, and
to do what they can. Whether doing what they can means writing
about this or speaking out about this.”