ATlanTA—Celena Brown, entrepreneur and business owner, takes center stage at the world premiere of the all-new Shen Yun 2023 Performing Arts performance at the Atlanta Symphony Hall on December 24, 2022 .
The Christmas Eve performance was met with such high demand that even when tickets were sold out, additional seats had to be opened at the last minute to get more spectators.
“It’s the perfect way to celebrate Christmas. You’re learning the culture and you’re giving back, and you’re learning, which is a great way to spend the day in the arts,” she said.
She urges others to see Shen Yun for themselves and “let it resonate, let you relax watching it, let the art be, let the art be you. Let the story become a part of us.”
Shen Yun was founded in New York in 2006, and has quickly become the world’s leading classical Chinese dance troupe, reviving an art form that was once almost extinct. Its mission is to revive the 5000 years of Chinese civilization, sharing with the world the beauty of China before communism.
“So far, it’s been magical, the costumes are beautiful,” she said. Ms. Brown marveled at the cohesion of the performers and the perfection of each outfit. “And of course, the beautiful music—and the timing!”
“It was a very impressive show, impressive talent,” she said. “The performers were amazing. They are clearly dedicated to this art, and obviously to thousands of hours. They are very beautiful.”
Beauty tutors learn from experience for Ms. Brown.
“We learned a lot about the culture, about China before communism, about real China, about the history of China,” she said.
China was once known as the Celestial Empire and its culture is said to be inspired by the gods. Through her dance repertoire, Ms. Brown glimpsed the depths of this culture.
She said: “I love the traditional dances, the movements, the traditional costumes, the stories about the gods and how the gods have supported humanity, that we are here as humans to save everyone. life”.
“I think it’s perfect. A perfect story about the beauty of the dancing gods,” said Ms. Brown.
Hélcio Bueno, EY Consulting Partner, and his wife and young daughter were the first to see Shen Yun’s new performance.
“It is different and beautiful to see and enjoy,” said Mr. Bueno, head of finance, control and business transactions for EY Consulting in Brazil. He saw advertisements all over the city and thought it would make for a fun winter celebration, and the show did not disappoint.
Shen Yun is the world’s leading classical Chinese dance company, and Mr. Bueno said he likes the stories and themes behind the dances as well as the dance itself.
“Those are the things that impressed me the most because they were different,” he said. “It was really interesting but also helped us learn a little more about Chinese culture. It’s amazing.”
But Mr. Bueno also experienced something he felt shared and universal.
“We always believe in something greater than what exists on earth, don’t we? It’s the same thing in every culture,” he said.
Among the audience was Titus Gambrell, a retired medical executive who said he had seen Shen Yun “a message of hope.”
“A bit unexpected, but it touches so many senses—visual, sound… and mental,” he says. “For me, it stimulates all of those things. It also forced me to have a broader understanding of the Chinese spiritual experience.”
Gambrell said the performance connected him with a spirit that transcends religious divisions.
“I think that’s what I’m seeing, feeling, it’s reaching deep inside a person’s spirit, which is the soul,” he said. “[It’s a] message of hope, love and oneness.”
Reporting by NTDTV, Ronald Ree, and Frank Liang.
Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. we have insurance audience reaction since Shen Yun’s founding in 2006.