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Shen Yun's Opening Night: 'Into a Dream' in St. Paul, Minnesota
At Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul, Minn., Shen Yun's opening night on Feb. 14, performed to a nearly sold-out audience. With six performances in total from Feb. 14 to 17, an extra performance had to be added to meet popular demand. "It's visually dazzling," said Paul Harstad, Real Estate Developer. "It's a pretty comprehensive performance in terms of the music, and the visual experience." Shen Yun’s live orchestra incorporates ancient Chinese instruments with classical western instruments in a blend where East meets West. "I think it blends it quite well, and it's appealing to the western ear," said Harstad. "A blending of the two cultures and I certainly appreciate that." Soheila Rahimi, a neuroscientist and part-time teacher at the University of Minnesota thought very highly of the performance. "I enjoyed the peace, it was very peaceful," said Rahimi. "The music was so peaceful." "I loved the choreography, it was very alive, I loved it," she said. "Very colorful, very meaningful, and I think every piece of it explained a different aspect of tradition." The revival of China’s traditional culture is Shen Yun’s ambitious mission. "It covers a lot of different aspects of just China, and I think that was the best way Shen Yun could represent her country," said Rahimi. "I like that. Very festive and interesting." "If you get to know about different culture," she said. "We get to be nicer people, closer together and bring more peace all together."