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2019-01-29 00:12
Shen Yun Performing Arts arrived in Boston on Jan. 23, after 14 sold-out performances in New York. And from what viewers were saying, it didn't disappoint. "The performers are wonderfully talented, extraordinarily athletic, it's beautifully choreographed, there's lots of energy there," said Daniel Driscoll an administrative law judge. "The music is great. I could hear a little bit of the Chinese instruments in the mix of the Chinese and the traditional Western instruments, [which] works very, very well, and it's very well done." "I especially love the piano and the soloist and the narration behind on the backdrop behind it," said Nathan Labrecque, the owner of Just Drive Event. "Beautiful, excellent music." Oksana Hayduchok was impressed by every aspect of the performance, and as a model and a fashion designer, especially admired the colorful costumes of Shen Yun. "Unbelievable, from the dances, from separate moves to just facial expressions and you can see [it] in their eyes," Hayduchok said. "We were looking with my boyfriend in the eyes of every performer and they would just express this unbelievable energy, and love and vibe that was amazing." "I think the costumes were awesome, and that was really the part of the dance that made it even more beautiful. I love how they thought of different colors plus the functionality, like the sleeves," said Hayduchok. "They were like flying on the stage. I don't know how they do it, they were literally flying. That was amazing." Driscoll was inspired by the idea of harmony between heaven, Earth, and humankind, which was passed down through ancient Chinese culture over thousands of years. "I understand the message as being many religions [have] a way to reach a higher state of being through meditation and the common human Instincts of good and so forth,” he added. When the communists took power in 1949, the regime sought to break people’s belief in the divine. Learning that this persecution is still happening today, audiences hope that people in China will someday have freedom of belief. "That's really terrible because all people should be free to express their beliefs and they all free to believe what they believe in," Hayduchok added. "And I hope somehow through awareness, it raises awareness and helps people fight it and so everybody finally can freely believe in what they want to believe." Shen Yun’s mission is to revive China's 5,000 years of traditional culture. Driscoll expressed support for its mission. "I think they've done a wonderful job, keep on doing what you’re doing," he said. "And I hope one day that'll be fine and they can play whatever they'd like to play there." NTD News, Boston, Massachusetts