Shen Yun Performing Arts delighted award-winning journalist Donna Francavilla at Birmingham's BJCC Concert Hall on February 1.
"I think the show is wonderful in many different ways," Ms. Francavilla
"One way I feel it important for people who don't live in China [is to] understand that there are Chinese people who value religion and culture, particularly about the peaceful meditation."
Ms. Donna Francavilla
attends Shen Yun Performing Arts at Birmingham's BJCC Concert Hall, on February 1
Ms. Francavilla, who has spent the past decade working for CBS News as a national correspondent and field producer, also owns Frankly Speaking Communications where she provides training in communication.
has been a producer for Oprah Winfrey and worked for Agence France Presse
saw a universal, spiritual, theme in the Shen Yun stories.
said the show portrayed "the overall message of how we came to be, really not a religion but spirituality, and how we got to be here.
It's important to tell, because we are so much alike, we may look different, we may have dark skin, light skin, blue eyes, brown eyes, black eyes, but we are all the same."
was glad Shen Yun
portrays the values underlying traditional Chinese civilization.
In fact, it even felt a little evil to me," said Ms. Francavilla
"Well, I think the stories are charming, I have been a former dancer and I really enjoyed the dancing because I know how difficult that is … the show is full of energy, beautiful costumes and the dancers are fantastic and really entertaining," Ms. Francavilla said.