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AUDIENCE- SHEN YUN, A LIGHT IN THE DARK
Shen Yun Performing Arts is a classical dance company that strives to bring thousands of years of culture alive. From legend to folk dance to stories about modern-day China, Shen Yun has brought the audience an unforgettable night. Former Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin, Rebecca Kleefisch, and her 13-year-old daughter Violet saw Shen Yun in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Feb. 2. "We think that this is just about the best Christmas gift we could have received…," said Kleefisch. "This is a cultural experience as much as it is an arts experience," she added. "The dancers are so well trained, we are amazed at their extensions and their athletic ability. But on top of that, the singer the soprano we heard was extraordinary." The faces of the mother and daughter pair lit up when they recalled a Shen Yun dance piece titled “Water Sleeves.” “Those beautiful sleeves,” Kleefisch said. “They just flowed like water. It was incredible. We’re so impressed.” China has a long history of spiritual practice that has been continued today by people who practice Falun Dafa. However, under today’s regime, these people are persecuted for their belief. Inspired by their courage and by hope, Shen Yun brings their story to the stage, touching audiences around the world. "To see the persecution was really troubling. I've traveled to China on several occasions, and you're not aware as an American sometimes of how much the people are persecuted. And that was powerful to see and really made me pray for them," said Ed Frutig, former vice president of General Motors. "Think about praying for the Chinese people." "That's what this [Shen Yun] brings, this message of the Chinese people trying to reach out for an openness and a light that they don't experience yet because of the government," said Chuck Theusch, the founder of Foreign Aid Foundation. Theusch heads a foundation that builds libraries in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia—he has run into communist groups trying to censor and put out the light, sometimes literally, of the libraries they build. We live in a world of light versus dark today, Theusch added, and what he saw in the themes of Shen Yun was light. "It's light versus darkness, and this [Shen Yun] is light," he added. So I encourage anybody to come to see it."