Shanren visits Hanover, IN

By Shigeyo Henriquez

In this post, road manager Shigeyo Henriquez shares more about Shanren’s visit with friendly audiences in the picturesque towns of Hanover and Madison, Indiana.

On the way from DeKalb, IL to southern Indiana, we had a little extra time, and so we left the interstate and drove through the streets of downtown Indianapolis and around the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. Everyone decided that Indianapolis was a beautiful city!

It was dark when we arrived in Madison, IN. Jim Stark, a professor of theatre and our contact at Hanover College, came to greet us at the hotel on our arrival. After seven hours on the road, everyone was ready to stretch their legs and rest on comfortable beds. Jim even took me to a nearby restaurant for a tasty BBQ sandwich. Thank you, Jim!

On Monday morning, Kayla Snabl, a student of Hanover College, met us at the hotel and led us to Madison Consolidated High School. I'm always impressed by the well-behaved students in towns across the Midwest. No exception at this school – the students came into the gym, sat down, and participated in all the activities. During the workshop we asked some volunteers to come to the front and learn to dance. It's always a lot of fun for the dancers and students who are watching!

In the evening we drove to downtown Madison for a small performance at a bookstore. A few dozen people enjoyed Shanren’s music and showed their gratitude for the ensemble’s visit. I'm certain these people came to the full concert later in the week to hear more of Shanren's music.


A mini-performance at a bookstore in downtown Madison, IN. Photo by Shigeyo Henrizquez.

On Tuesday, Shanren hosted workshops at Southwestern High School in Hanover. Mr. Cochran, the enthusiastic music teacher, was thrilled to have us. Their music room was filled with trophies to show the music students’ achievements – I tried to count how many, but I gave up! The students all seemed to really enjoy learning about Shanren’s music and dance.


Southwestern High School students learn the Left Foot Dance of Yi. Photo by Shigeyo Henrizquez.

On Wednesday, the ensemble’s day off, we went to downtown Madison, IN. The town was laid out and plotted in 1810, and the downtown area was designated the largest contiguous National Historic Landmark in the United States in 2006 – 133 blocks of the downtown area is known as the “Madison Historic District.” It's a quaint, charming town built along Ohio River. We walked along the main street and peeked down side streets to find beautifully painted small houses. I was imaging what the town was like in 1870, when the city was booming with immigrants moving to this region.


The charming houses off main street in Madison, IN. Photo by Shigeyo Henrizquez.

On Friday, we visited Hanover College for a workshop. Jim Stark led us on a scenic drive through the college property to get to the recital hall. We were all amazed by the school buildings, gardens, and the magnificent view of the Ohio River. It was a gorgeous day that enhanced the beauty of the river.


Workshop at Hanover College. Photo by Shigeyo Henrizquez.

The public concert was the following day on Saturday. The weather turned dark and damp, and we worried that audiences might stay home. But just as Jim and Kayla said, Shanren had a great audience, and we were very pleased. This was the second public concert on this tour, and Sam Debell, the group’s manager and interpreter, explained each song in detail so that attendees understood the songs and were more interested in what they were about to hear.

Early Sunday morning we left for Midland, MI. As we said goodbye to Jim and Kayla, we posed for a final photo with them.


Shanren poses with friends from Hanover College. The band uses three fingers as a sign for their group because it imitates the first Chinese character in the band’s name: 山人 or “Shanren.” Photo by Shigeyo Henriquez.

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where can I see them performing in Madison Indiana. is they’re any video?

loved them

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