Environmental Scientist Feels Fortunate to Watch Shen Yun

FAIRFAX, Virginia–Carolyn Bernota and Gon Valente went to see Shen Yun Performing Arts at George Mason University Center for the Arts on Jan. 18, 2020, and left the theater uplifted.

Bernota finished watching the performance feeling hopeful and fortunate.

“It’s better than I expected, and it was a message through the screen, through the arts, there was several messages that I thought were pretty powerful, and just coming here you get that message,” she said.

Bernota is an environmental scientist for the United States Environmental Protection Agency. She has lived overseas and worked in the military. In her time abroad, Bernota has visited several parts of Asia.

Gon Valente is a retired photographer and former military service member.

Digital Presentation

Shen Yun, which is based in New York, has brought stagecraft in theaters to a higher level of creativity with the original idea of digital projection.

According to the company’s website, the performing arts company’s patented use of digital projection immerses the audience into the world in which the dances takes place in.

Bernota was amazed by this facet of Shen Yun’s performance.

She said, “First of all, that digital presentation was spot on with modern technology and moving forward, so I thought that was beautiful brought together.”

Together with the musicians in the orchestra pit and dancers in colorful costumes on stage, the effect is altogether something new.

“Now you have the digital presentation which I thought was pretty impressive and brings it all together with modern technology, and how we’re moving forward,” Bernota said.

For Valente, he found the virtual backdrop incredible.

“I was looking at the background and seeing how the digital imagery, relating it to old fashion photography, it was just … composition and color and balance, it was just unbelievable,” he said.

The Effect of Shen Yun’s Music

Shen Yun Performing Arts features classical music in accompaniment with classical Chinese dance. In ancient China, it was said that music could have a positive impact on the human body.

It is common to hear from audience members the great feeling they have from listening to Shen Yun’s orchestra.

Valente said he felt at ease and very relaxed. Bernota experienced a change in mindset from when she listened to the music.

“I think it kind of gave a kind of a hope, a feeling of, you know, there is hope when you look at how it all brought together, like you said, the colors and soothing music and colors, and then the message at the end really I think brought a sense of hope to the audience,” she said.

With reporting by Sophia Zheng and Don Tran.

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time and has covered audience reactions since the company’s inception in 2006.

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Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill to Ally With Indo-Pacific Nations Against China Threat

The Senate recently passed unanimously a bipartisan act to ally the United States with Indo-Pacific partners in confronting the military rise of Beijing.

Titled the Indo-Pacific Cooperation Act of 2019, the legislation would require U.S. administrations to develop a comprehensive long term strategy for the Indo-Pacific as the ruling Chinese communist regime continues to seek complete military dominance in the region through military modernization, influence operations, and economic inducements.

The Indo-Pacific region is home to the world’s top four most populous countries, including the United States and China. It also boasts several of the 10 largest militaries in the world.

“As the leader of the free world, America must link arms with our allies and partners to confront the rise of China,” Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), who led the bill, said in a Jan. 15 press release.

Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), a co-sponsor of the bill, similarly said it was necessary for the United States to work with like-minded allies to “hold China accountable for pursuing destabilizing actions” in the region.

Other co-sponsors of the act include Sen. Young Todd (R-Ind.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), and Chris Coons (Del.).

In addition to expanding Indo-Pacific alliances, the bill also calls for collaboration on a global level to promote the values of democracy and human rights. It will need congressional approval and a signature from the president before becoming law.

“Addressing the threat that China poses to our fundamental values of freedom, human rights, and free enterprise is the central challenge facing us in the 21st century,” Romney said.

The China regime’s military rivalry has posed an ongoing challenge to the United States.

Speaking on Oct. 1, 2019, marking the 70th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party’s ruling, Randall Schriver of the State Department said that the competition arose from the two powers’ “different visions, different aspirations, and different views of what regional security architecture should look like.”

Shriver, the assistant defense secretary for Indo-Pacific affairs, said that the United States wants to see a free and open Indo-Pacific based on respect for national sovereignty, fair trade, and a rule-based order, while the Chinese regime “seeks to shape a world consistent with its authoritarian model and national goals.”

Speaking at the Brookings Institute on Jan. 10, Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy stressed the importance to have continuous Army presence in the region. He added that they are strengthening the U.S. Army’s operational capabilities to prepare for any Chinese military aggression.

“The U.S. Army must be postured in the region for the intensifying competition, and if required, to win in conflict,” he said.

‘Predatory Economic Policies’

A recent report by an Australian think tank has highlighted the Chinese regime’s ambitions in the region, particularly through the “One Belt, One Road” initiative (also known as OBOR, or “Belt and Road”), an infrastructure financing project to build a Beijing-centric trade network stretching through Southeast Asia, Africa, and Europe.

It mentioned China as the single largest creditor to several Pacific Island states, such as Tonga, Samoa, and Vanuatu.

Due to the small size and economic weakness, the region’s many island states tend to be “relatively powerless on the international stage when they act alone,” and are “at a big disadvantage in dealing with large countries that may seek to gain undue economic or political influence,” according to the report.

Harry Harris, U.S. ambassador to South Korea, criticized the OBOR initiative as “predatory economic policies” that “ignores international norms on transparency” and “and entices countries into a debt trap,” leaving them vulnerable to coercion and threats of sovereignty.

“The United States rejects foreign policy based on leverage and dominance, and seeks instead to strengthen relationships based on respect, equal footing, and fair exchange,” he said in a speech at the September 2019 Indian Ocean Region Conference.

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Shen Yun: An Invaluable Cultural Experience

DETROIT—Attorney Craig Pavlok had previously attended a Shen Yun performance, but thought since his daughters were learning the Chinese language, this would an excellent opportunity to begin giving them the experience of seeing some traditional Chinese culture.

Pavlok is an attorney for the grievance commission of the state of Michigan. He attended Shen Yun Performing Arts World Company’s evening performance on Jan. 18, 2020 at the Detroit Opera House with his wife and one of his daughters.

“I’ve gone to the performance with my wife,” Pavlok explained. “So I thought I’d bring least one of my daughters here today, so she could experience it. And then every year, we’re going to bring them back so that they can see more and more Chinese culture that they don’t get to see. So it’s been wonderful.”

“Experiencing the Chinese culture and listening to the Chinese language being spoken by Chinese individuals as well as the songs that they wouldn’t experience without having come, it’s invaluable,” he said.

As Shen Yun’s website explains, the New York-based company weaves together music and dance to bring alive heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales from 5,000 years of Chinese civilization.

“It’s amazing. It’s wonderful,” Pavlok said of the depiction of Chinese culture. “You know, history comes from every one of those stories. The performance mixes in a lot of the history and some of the humor with regard to just putting forward the story but also the lightheartedness of it. That was really—It’s a real treat.”

Pavlok spoke of the universal message he felt came through during the performance that was one of peace and joy among the world’s people and how we should all live together in harmony.

Shen Yun’s mission is to use performing arts to revive the essence of Chinese culture, which, as the artists explain, was traditionally considered a divinely inspired civilization.

But in China, since the communist regime seized power in 1949, it has made every attempt to repress China’s ancient traditions and customs. Thus, currently, Shen Yun is not allowed to perform there.

Commenting on how Shen Yun cannot be seen in China today, Pavlok said, “That’s sad. But the fact that Shen Yun is being put on all throughout the world is an amazing thing. And it’s wonderful.”

“It shows the beauty of it throughout the world, which gives hope to those who are part of that culture—hope that maybe someday it’ll be able to be celebrated everywhere in the entire planet,” he said.

To the performers and the artistic director, Pavlok wanted to express his thanks.

“It was a wonderful, amazing performance and they are all truly gifted and talented people … I can’t even express words as to how incredible it is that this is done on a yearly basis every year, having changed it up. It’s gotta be incredibly difficult. But it is wonderful. And I hope that it continues,” he said.

He would tell his colleagues and friends that Shen Yun is truly rewarding. “It’s a wonderful show that everyone should see.”

With reporting by Nancy Ma and Andrew Darin.

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time and has covered audience reactions since the company’s inception in 2006.

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CDC Says Vapers Should Avoid THC, Vitamin E Acetate in Updated Warning

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Jan. 17 released an updated recommendation that people avoid using THC- or -Vitamin E Acetate containing e-cigarettes or vaping products.

The CDC had previously urged people to consider refraining from the use of all e-cigarette or vaping products while it investigated vaping-related deaths and lung disease.

In its updated guidance, the CDC said it is now focusing on vapes and vape products containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) from marijuana, as national and state data suggests they “are linked to most cases” of a lung disease named EVALI (e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury), and “play a major role in the outbreak.”

As of Jan. 14, there have been 2,668 hospitalized cases of vaping-related illnesses and at least 60 deaths across the country, the CDC said.

While hospitalizations have slowed since peaking in September, new cases and deaths are still being reported.

The CDC found that “82 percent of hospitalized patients with data on substance use reported using THC-containing products; 33 percent reported exclusive use of THC-containing products.”

The agency also warned people against acquiring “tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-containing e-cigarette, or vaping, products, particularly from informal sources like friends, family, or in-person or online dealers.”

Tetrahydrocannabinol is the chemical responsible for marijuana’s psychological effects and has a similar structure to the brain chemical anandamide, allowing the body to recognize THC and alter normal brain communication, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

Vitamin E acetate

The CDC said that vitamin E acetate, an oil chemical used to dilute THC, is also “strongly linked” to the EVALI outbreak and “has been found in product samples tested by FDA and state laboratories and in patient lung fluid samples tested by CDC from geographically diverse states.

“Vitamin E acetate has not been found in the lung fluid of people that do not have EVALI,” it said.

“Vitamin E acetate should not be added to any e-cigarette, or vaping, products. Additionally, people should not add any other substances not intended by the manufacturer to products, including products purchased through retail establishments,” it added.

However, the CDC noted that it did not have sufficient evidence “to rule out the contribution of other chemicals of concern, including chemicals in either THC or non-THC products, in some of the reported EVALI cases.”

Non-Smokers Advised Against Vaping

Elsewhere, the CDC continues to warn against e-cigarette and vape use by youths, young adults, and pregnant women, while adults who do not already use tobacco products are advised not to start using e-cigarette, or vaping, products. E-cigarettes have been marketed as tools to help people quit smoking.

In December, it was reported that The Food and Drug Administration would be banning the sale of all-flavored e-cigarette pods except for menthol and tobacco, in a bid to curb the surge in underage youths vaping using pod-based vaporizers.

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Warning: Argentine Default Imminent

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Shortly after Alberto Fernández’s presidential inauguration in December, S&P Global downgraded Argentina’s sovereign debt to “selective default.” His new finance minister says the socialist government will continue debt payments during renegotiation, but credit-rating agencies and anyone following Argentina’s tumultuous economy know better.

Argentina enters 2020 with $332 billion in debt. This includes loans from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and $148 billion owed to private bondholders. The rating agencies downgraded Argentine debt on account of the new government’s decision to delay payment on $9.1 billion of Treasury bills. This already constitutes a technical default—a distressed-debt exchange—according to Fitch Ratings criteria. A further $64 billion comes due in 2021.

Starting on the Wrong Foot

Repaying the debt would be difficult for any new administration, given Argentina’s horrendous policy landscape mired by cronyism, criminality, protectionism, and monetary instability. Ranked 146th out of 162 nations for economic freedom by the Fraser Institute, only Cuba and Venezuela stand out as more anti-capitalist than Argentina in Latin America.

Inflation is above 55 percent, and the economy contracted 3 percent in 2019. Over the past four years, 21,500 small and medium enterprises, a pivotal source of employment, have shut down. This has led to an official 10.1 percent unemployment rate, and roughly half of the economically active population works in the informal economy. In addition, Argentina continues to scare away capital; $72.2 billion has left since 2015.

To be fair, Fernández inherited many problems from the Mauricio Macri administration (2015–2019). However, he also inherited incremental improvements from Macri: trade agreements with China and the European Union, entry of low-cost airlines, and an end to the fixed exchange rate. Macri’s infrastructure investment brought an end to regular power outages. His tenure saw improved financial transparency and more reliable economic data, at least in contrast to the previous administration of Cristina Kirchner, now Fernández’s vice president.

The outgoing government also made an attempt to reverse capital flight by incentivizing Argentines to report their assets outside the country. In 2016, Macri offered a tax amnesty to Argentines with money in foreign accounts: a flat tax rate of 15 percent to declare what they had stashed abroad. This generated badly needed tax revenue.

Enter the Peronista President

Fernández inherited this foundation of at least a meek turnaround. He could have built on the small successes by accelerating tax and regulatory reform to foster SMEs—if only. This man represents the disastrous Peronista movement, the union-dominated legacy of Juan Domingo Perón, in office 1946–55 and 1973–74.

The new socialist government is abruptly ending any business-friendly policies of its predecessor. To halt rising unemployment, the Fernández administration is simply forcing businesses to hold on to their employees, economic rationale be damned. One of its first measures, a special executive order, declares that any Argentine laid off from his job in the next 180 days will receive double the normal severance package.

The impact is obvious. SMEs will be reluctant to hire anyone at all due to the increased burden, at least not on the books. The new government is hamstringing the very businesses key to any economic revival.

Argentine Central Bank President Miguel Pesce claims the administration’s policies will bring down inflation and increase economic growth. The central bank will lower interest rates—expanding the money supply—while a “social contract” between government, labor unions, and businesses will magically produce lower inflation. Pesce has declined to give any economic forecasts but asserts things will improve in 2020.

Argentine assets abroad, an estimated $300 billion, remain a key ingredient to any economic recovery and the continued payment of the debt. The repatriation of even 10 percent of this amount would both stimulate the economy and provide funds to service the debt.

Fernández, however, has decided to use the stick instead of the carrot to access those holdings. He told the Telefe Network he intends to double the 2015 tax rate for assets held abroad to 2.5 percent. Mariano Sardans, an investment adviser in Buenos Aires, says this punitive rate would offset entirely the return on a bond investment or rental of an apartment abroad.

In addition, the new government has introduced a 30 percent tourism tax. Curiously, U.S. and European tourists are not the targets of this tax. Instead, it targets Argentines taking foreign vacations. Buyers of international airline tickets must pay an extra 30 percent, and Argentines who use their credit cards abroad will face the same surcharge. Even Netflix subscriptions are now taxed at the higher rate.

The new, higher wealth tax has had the predictable effect. Argentines with money are talking to consulting firms in Miami about how to get out entirely. Sardans says thousands are leaving the country, taking their capital, skills, and businesses with them.

Making an Enemy of the United States

The new government will need the help of the IMF to restructure its debt. To do that it has appointed Martin Guzmán as economy minister. The 37-year-old economist is qualified for the immediate needs of the government: He specializes in helping countries deal with defaults due to high foreign debts.

Fernández will need the cooperation of the United States to get a new deal with the IMF, but from the get-go his foreign policy has angered the Trump administration. The new government offered asylum to former Bolivian President Evo Morales and immediately tilted to the socialist government of Venezuela by withdrawing the credentials of the representative of the opposition leader, Juan Guaidó.

Washington backed a $56 billion bailout for the Macri administration, and it would likely block any new Argentine deal with the IMF. The Trump administration has already shown its displeasure by prioritizing Brazil over Argentina for membership in the Organization for Economic Development (OECD), a reversal of earlier policy.

The atrocious track record of Argentine governments this century appears to be repeating like clockwork and continuing the long march toward isolation. The electorate has voted in politicos, backed by parasitic unions, eager to hammer nails into the coffin of Argentina’s economic competitiveness.

Fergus Hodgson is the founder and executive editor of Latin American intelligence publication Econ Americas. He is also the roving editor of Gold Newsletter and a research associate with the Frontier Centre for Public Policy.

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US Sanctions Iranian Commander Over Mahshahr Killings

WASHINGTON—The U.S. State Department said on Saturday it had imposed sanctions on a general of Iran‘s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps who commanded units blamed for a massacre of protesters in November.

The U.S. State Department has said previously it had received videos of the Revolutionary Guards opening fire without warning on protesters in Mahshahr county in southwest Iran.

On Saturday, it cited multiple media reports and information submitted by the Iranians through its Rewards for Justice tipline that units under Brigadier General Hassan Shahvarpour’s command killed as many as 148 people when they used armored vehicles to encircle fleeing protesters, firing machine guns into the crowd and setting fire to the marsh in which protesters took cover.

The State Department said it was designating Shahvarpour, a commander in Khuzestan province where Mahshahr is located, under a U.S. law banning officials of foreign governments and their immediate family members for whom there was “credible information on their involvement in gross violations of human rights.”

The announcement comes amid high tensions in Iran with thousands of citizens protesting in the streets, and also between Tehran and Washington after the United States killed Iran‘s most powerful military commander in a drone strike in Iraq and Iran retaliated by launching missile strikes at U.S. targets in Iraq.

The State Department, which has stepped up criticism of Iran over human rights, said the latest move demonstrated Washington’s “continued commitment to the Iranian people to support their demands for accountability from Iranian officials who committed serious human rights abuses against protesters in November.”

People protest against increased gas price, on a highway in Tehran, Iran on Nov. 16, 2019. (Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via Reuters)

A Reuters special report last month found that about 1,500 people were killed during less than two weeks of unrest that started in Iran on Nov. 15. The figures, provided by three Iranian interior ministry officials, included at least 17 teenagers and about 400 women as well as some members of the security forces and police.

Iran’s authorities have disputed the U.S. account of what happened at Mahshahr, saying that security forces confronted “rioters” who they described as a security threat to petrochemical complexes and to a key energy route that, if blocked, would have created a crisis in the country.

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Shen Yun ‘Filled With Passion and Art’

PROVIDENCE, R.I.–Adam Peterson, a project manager in construction, went to see Shen Yun Performing Arts with his girlfriend and parents.

“This is an amazing performance full of passion and art. And you can feel the energy, and that culture is just brought to life. That’s something you don’t get to see every day,” he said on Jan. 18, 2020 at the Providence Performing Arts Center.

Adam had the idea of coming to see Shen Yun, which led to his parents buying tickets for him and his girlfriend as well as for themselves. His parents, Donald and Linda Peterson, thought the performance was visually beautiful and appealing. His girlfriend said she loved it.

Based in New York, Shen Yun is a performing arts company aiming to revive China’s 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture through classical Chinese dance and music. The company was founded in 2006, and has been performing around the world ever since.

Adam said he learned of China’s history and culture from watching the performing arts company, describing it as beautiful and colorful. But that was not the only thing that he took away from the performance. After watching a dance illustrating the story of the Creator, Adam came to an understanding about humanity.

“I just think it’s amazing. You look at different cultures and they have a sort of similar creation story, the Christians and the Chinese and everywhere you look, they’re talking about how some divine Creator made everything. We may be a little bit different, but our stories are kind of the same,” he said.

Adam expressed that he was moved by this universal value Shen Yun has shared with its audience.

“I think it was inspiring. I think it’s neat, it kind of connects people. Everybody kind of has this deep feeling inside, that there’s something else out there. It’s not just us,” he said.

Adam found the artists of Shen Yun amazing, and said he supports what they are doing.

The project manager said, “You can feel the passion they put into it there. It’s just great. I would encourage them to keep doing it. The hard work that they’re putting in, that’s got to be crazy, the shows they do and the practice. It’s a lot of hard work. I would just encourage them to keep doing it. They’re making a big impact.”

Sallie Dunning and Chip Highfield enjoyed watching Shen Yun Performing Arts at Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, Rhode Island on Jan. 18, 2020. (Weiyong/The Epoch Times)

Shen Yun Shows Precision and Grace

Chip Highfield brought his friend Sallie Dunning to see Shen Yun, as he knew that she would love it. It turns out that he was right.

“I loved it. I loved learning so much, about Chinese dance and culture. And history. The costumes and the choreography were amazing. Chip talked a lot about the precision. They were so in sync and tightly choreographed pieces. The women looked like they were floating across the stage. I loved it!” she said.

Dunning works with elementary school teachers and Chip is involved in financial investments. This is Highfield’s second time in seeing Shen Yun’s performance, and likely not his last.

“Top rate!” he said. “[I was] very excited and sometimes just taken into a fantasy world and just amazed by what’s going on in front of me.”

With reporting by Sally Sun, Weiyong, and Don Tran.

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time and has covered audience reactions since the company’s inception in 2006.

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60 Killed in Houthi Attack on Camp in Yemen’s Marib

CAIRO—Iran-aligned Houthis attacked a military training camp in the Yemeni city of Marib on Saturday, killing‮ ‬60 military personnel and wounding dozens others, Saudi state television said on Saturday evening.

Al Ekhbariya quoted sources as saying the attack was carried out with ballistic missiles and drones.

Iran has been backing a proxy war in the country that has seen the neighboring Saudi Arabia get involved, supporting the internationally recognized Yemeni government under Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Hadi fled the capital of Sanaa to seek sanctuary in Saudi Arabia in 2015 after the Houthis took advantage of political unrest following the step down of President Ali Abdullah Saleh in 2012 in response to the Yemeni revolution of Dignity that echoing the Arab Spring pro-democracy uprisings.

From Riyadh in 2015, Hadi saw a Saudi-led coalition intervene, backing his government forces fighting the Iran-allied Houthis. Iran has always denied supplying weapons to the Houthis.

Iran-aligned Houthis did not immediately claim responsibility for the attack.

With additional reporting by Epoch Times staff.

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Shen Yun Is ‘Emotionally Invoking on All the Senses’

DETROIT—Graphic designer Carrie Doliber felt blessed on Jan. 18, 2020 because she and photographer Al Cooper were able to attend Shen Yun Performing Arts World Company’s matinee performance at the Detroit Opera House.

“It was beautiful. It was so inspirational. It excites us and we want more of it. We were very lucky because we live in the city so we didn’t have to travel to see it. So we’re blessed for that,” Doliber said.

New York-based Shen Yun uses music and dance to revive a 5,000-year culture that was once nearly lost.

“It is so graceful,” Mr. Cooper commented. “The whole piece was nice, play after play or story after story. And it was so beautiful. The dancers are so eloquent and the outfits are so pretty. And the stories were so incredible.”

Shen Yun has been touring the globe since 2006, ever embarking on it’s mission to revive traditional Chinese culture through story-based, classical Chinese dance.

Traditional Chinese culture is said to have been “divinely inspired.” Because of that, spirituality has had a prominent role in its corresponding fine arts and literature.

As Doliber watched Shen Yun, she saw some of this spirituality coming through in the dances. She commented, “That was a beautiful message … your living the moment because spirituality is also helping you feel the moment. So that was an extra surprise, [a] blessing.”

“I don’t know if everybody realizes all the different concepts raveled into it. You have the visual arts you have the martial arts, the dancing, the performance, you have a spiritual message inside for all cultures and then you get to learn also about the Chinese culture that we don’t get to see in a textbook. So it’s so much to absorb and what very well done,” Doliber added.

The Energy of a Shen Yun Performance

Doliber and Cooper both agreed that they could absolutely feel the energy coming from the stage.

Doliber further explained why she felt the energy was so intense.

“You take for granted that that orchestra’s live, it’s flawless! You take for granted, the performers, you almost forget performers are acting in tune with this live orchestra, every once in a while you have to remind yourself it’s all live—the whole production. So it was thrilling in that aspect,” she said.

All of Shen Yun’s performers practice Falun Dafa, an ancient meditation practice that follows the guiding principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. And so, each performer endeavors to infuse the purity within their hearts into every dance, as the program explains.

Doliber commented she could feel this being passed to the audience.

“It was very emotionally invoking on all the senses. Look at the visual. It’s a feast. It’s a feast for the eyes and the soul—mind, body, soul,” she said.

Several of the vignettes within the program feature solo vocalists and/or instrumentalists. Of the solo soprano’s voice, Doliber said it was “beautiful, no words … it kept getting better, she was fantastic.”

Cooper was amazed with the soprano’s projection.

“That was very intense, beautiful. And with the idea of a room that big, you can hear the whole thing,” he said.

Shen Yun means “the beauty of divine beings dancing,” a reference to the divinely inspired culture it is dedicated to reviving, and Doliber felt that divine presence.

“It is a higher being that takes over the all of the actors participating and you can tell there is a higher being acting through them,” she said.

The graphic designer continued to explain, “I think that the higher power is acting through them so that all of these members can work together in sync like that. It’s like a timepiece, how they’re working together like a gears of a watch. It doesn’t happen by accident.”

The Shen Yun website explains, “For 5,000 years a divine culture flourished in the land of China. Humanity’s treasure was nearly lost, but through breathtaking music and dance, Shen Yun is bringing back this glorious culture.”

“Everything is so much in sync, like these musicians who are below the stage and the performers, every body action is going in sync and the message is clear that there’s passion for this culture. They’re really embracing and showing the pride in it and it creates a new appreciation, a great new appreciation for opening cultures and bringing a show like this. We’re blessed to have it brought to us,” Doliber commented.

“I feel like it was such a blessing to have them in such a historical beautiful venue in the city so it was very magical, spiritually—very spiritual,” Doliber said finally.

With reporting by Dongyu Teng and Andrew Darin.

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time and has covered audience reactions since the company’s inception in 2006.

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Trump Formally Responds to Articles of Impeachment: ‘Result of a Lawless Process’

President Trump asked the Senate to reject the Articles of Impeachment in a six-page formal response on Saturday, as “they are the result of a lawless process that violated basic due process and fundamental fairness.”

“The Articles of Impeachment now before the Senate are an affront to the Constitution of the United States, our democratic institutions, and the American people. The Articles themselves—and the rigged process that brought them here—are a transparently political act by House Democrats. They debase the grave power of impeachment and the solemn responsibility that power entails. They must be rejected,” he said. “The House process violated every precedent and every principle of fairness governing impeachment inquiries for more than 150 years.”

The response was filed by Trump’s Counsel Pat A. Cipollone and Jay Alan Sekulow.

The House voted to approve two articles of impeachment, one for abuse of power and one for obstructing Congress, against Trump on Dec. 18, 2019, in a party-line vote and sent them to the Senate for trial on Jan. 15 after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) delayed the transmission for weeks.

Trump said that the first article should be rejected because it doesn’t state an impeachable offense.

“It alleges no crime at all, let alone ‘high Crimes and Misdemeanors,’ as required by the Constitution,”  he said.

Trump insisted that he did nothing wrong because there was no quid pro quo or connection between security assistance to Ukraine and investigations into Hunter Biden. The security assistance was released without the Ukrainian government announcing any investigation.

For the second article regarding obstructing Congress, Trump said his decisions on the House subpoenas were based on “legitimate Executive Branch confidentiality interests grounded in the separation of powers.”

“In order to preserve our constitutional structure of government, to reject the poisonous partisanship that the Framers warned against, to ensure one-party political impeachment vendettas do not become the ‘new normal,’ and to vindicate the will of the American People, the Senate must reject both articles of Impeachment,” he concluded.

Read President Trump’s full response:

 

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