‘A Grand Affair of Art and Culture,’ Taiwanese Mayor Wecomes Shen Yun

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan—On the evening of June 21 Shen Yun Performing Arts International company had its first performance, this season, at the Jhih-De Hall of Kaohsiung Cultural Center.

Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chi-mai sent a congratulatory message “A Complete Success to A Grand Affair of Art and Culture” to wish Shen Yun a successful tour.

Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chi-mai wrote his congratulatory message in calligraphy, wishing Shen Yun  “A Complete Success to the Grand Affair of Art and Culture”  on June 21, 2022. (The Epoch Times)

Shen Yun showcases traditional pre-communist Chinese culture. In just two hours, Shen Yun’s program retold the prosperous times of Chinese history through beautiful dance and music.

‘Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance Can Purify People’s Hearts’

Lin Tai-hua, a legislator watching Shen Yun for the second time, said, “I think everyone can see that Shen Yun uses very fine and detailed costumes, and an orchestra, incorporating Chinese and Western instruments, to present five thousand years of Chinese traditional culture.”

Ms. Lin noted that “The program exhibits the various styles and features of Chinese lives in the South and the North, including those of the Yi ethnic group, the Mongolians, and life in China’s Greater Central Plains.”

“Of course, the rarest of all and the most precious is that the performance portrayed ‘Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance’, the core values of Falun Dafa,”  she said.

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Legislator Lin Tai-hua watched the performance by Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Kaohsiung Cultural Center in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on June 21, 2022. (Cheng Shun-li/The Epoch Times)

She believes that following these core values will purify people’s hearts.

“I believe that to be sincere and kind and to be tolerant of all people and things will purify people’s hearts and elevate human morals; it is beneficial between people and between countries, and I believe it would help reduce the disasters in the world,” she explained.

In order to reduce disasters in the world, Ms. Lin said, we must start by changing people’s hearts. “The most important thing is that ‘truthfulness, compassion, forbearance’ as portrayed in the performance should be the goal we pursue and strive for, so I am very grateful to Shen Yun for bringing a very different artistic feast,” she said.

For many people who are afraid to go out of their homes during the epidemic, she encouraged them, saying, “I think in the future, we will have to move towards a new life despite the impact of the epidemic, so take it easy and I invite everyone to watch Shen Yun together.”

‘It’s very pleasing to the eye, it’s really wonderful!’

“It’s very pleasing to the eye, it’s really wonderful! This time is very different from the performances (I previously saw), including dance and orchestra performances and everything. Shen Yun incorporates a lot of interactive scenes in the backdrop, which are very lively and dynamic. It’s truly wonderful.” Kaohsiung City Councilor Chen Hui-wen said.

“The performance teaches people to be kind and to have benign thoughts. I think this is the spirit that Shen Yun wants to show,” she said.

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Kaohsiung City Councilor Chen Hui-wen at  Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Kaohsiung Cultural Center in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on June 21, 2022. (Cheng Shun-li/The Epoch Times)

“After watching the whole performance, I felt very energetic and very happy.”

Ms. Chen added that because of busy work, “I was actually very tired and wanted to go straight to sleep after a full day, but during the entire performance, I was really being pleasantly surprised. My whole body felt reinvigorated and I didn’t feel sleepy at all, not even the slightest bit!  I was practically staring at the stage from the beginning to the end!”

‘Seeing Shen Yun Makes Me Feel Like Royalty’

Yang Kun-tso, manager of a regenerative medicine technology company, saw Shen Yun for the first time. He was in total awe and said, “I think it’s very special and innovative. All of the dances and the content of the performance are uniquely different from other performances.”

Mr. Yang said that in ancient times, Shen Yun would probably be a performance for the imperial family, which made him feel particularly intrigued.

Being able to watch such a beautiful performance in the post-epidemic era, Mr. Yang said, “I think it’s very good. It’s rare to see such a performance, I feel quite refreshed. Yes, it’s a whole new experience.”

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Yang Kun-tso attends Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Kaohsiung Cultural Center in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on June 21, 2022. (Cheng Shun-li/The Epoch Times)

‘Let the World See the Chinese Traditional Culture’

Mr. Zhang, a mainland tourist who came to Taiwan to visit relatives but was unable to return to China due to the pandemic, had the opportunity to see Shen Yun.

“The most touching part is the dance, which has educational significance for young people,” he said. “It is mainly to show the prosperous times of the Qin dynasty, the Han dynasty, and the Tang Dynasty, and to present traditional Chinese culture to the audience of Taiwan.”

Mr. Zhang concluded, “Some people don’t understand Chinese traditional history, and this performance brings it to life for people to see.”

‘So beautiful for the eyes to take it all in’

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Hsu Chu-ju and his wife attend Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Kaohsiung Cultural Center in Kaohsiung, Taiwan on June 21, 2022. (Lung Fang/The Epoch Times)

“Today’s program is something that we have never seen before, and the emcees are also terrific! The two are really geniuses,” said Hsu Chu-ju, chairman of I Cheng Thermal Insulation and Refractory Engineering Company.

Mr. Hsu praised the variety present in Shen Yun.

“I like each and every piece very much, they are all of a high standard, and the animated backdrop adds just the right amount to enhance the experience,” he explained.

He added that the performance was a real eye-opener. “It’s really well-choreographed and put together, and the whole show is a feast for the eyes.”

Mr. Hsu said that he encourages his friends to experience Shen Yun for themselves.

Reporting by Epoch Staff in Kaohsiung.

The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. We have covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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Talk Show Host Says Shen Yun a ‘Once in a Lifetime Experience’

PHILADELPHIA—After five years of wanting to see Shen Yun Performing Arts, Rick Jensen, WDEL talk show host, and his wife Laurie traveled from Wilmington, Delaware, to attend the matinee performance at the Philadelphia Academy of Music on June 11.

Delighted by the artistry and message, Mr. Jensen said, “It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience—awesome!”

New York-based Shen Yun is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance company. Accompanied by a one-of-a-kind orchestra that blends traditional Chinese instruments with a classical Western orchestra, Shen Yun depicts story-based pieces that tell tales from ancient times to the modern-day.

“It’s the joy of the performance that comes through, even with the messaging, even with understanding some of the plight of people, it’s the messaging and the art form that will just lift you up and take you away,” Mrs. Jensen said.

“It’s so much more than just an idea [that Shen Yun] brings back to life—it’s time to go back to the China that’s supposed to be, not the China that was imposed by other men,” she added.

Since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006, its mission has been to revive China’s 5,000-year-old traditional culture. The age-old culture has been on the brink of extinction since the Chinese communist regime seized power in 1949. Shen Yun says its performance this year demonstrates “China before communism.”

“We support everything that it stands for. We support China before communism and would love to see it come back to its full glory,” said Mrs. Jensen.

“It’s an ancient, ancient culture. To think that it could be erased is really hubris on [the CCP’s] part.”

Mr. Jensen was amazed by the company’s patented method of integrating a 3D animated backdrop with the stage performance. It allows the performers to magically travel back and forth between the stage and the background projection.

“Technically, it’s stunning,” he said. “The dancers appear to come from the digital screen and background, and then appear on the stage—the timing is just extraordinary.”

Shen Yun also boasts virtuoso vocalists who sing Chinese lyrics using the bel canto style.

“Between the pianist and the signer and the lyrics to the song, it all conveyed beautifully to the audience … there was so much emotion—it was beautiful,” Mrs. Jensen said.

Along with myths and legends, Shen Yun presents mini-dramas depicting the persecution of Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong), a meditation discipline based on the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance.

In 1999, the CCP launched a persecution campaign against the spiritual practice, subjecting practitioners of the practice to unprecedented imprisonment, torture, and abuse.

“The persecution and the genocide of the Falun Dafa and the Uyghurs must end,” Mr. Jensen said.

“I’m so glad that this performance is here to spread the word because it’s so important to so many millions of people here as well as in China,” he said. “Our country as well as others needs to address this strongly!”

Reporting by NTD and Jennifer Schneider.

The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. We have covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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‘Shen Yun Nourishes Taiwanese People’s Hearts and Souls,’ Says Audience Member

TAINAN, Taiwan—After three consecutive sold-out performances in Chiayi, Shen Yun‘s International Company traveled to Tainan and performed at the Tainan Cultural Center on the afternoon of June 15.

At Shen Yun’s second stop in Tainan, Taiwan’s Vice President Lai Ching-teh presented a flower basket, wishing Shen Yun a successful tour.

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Vice President Lai Ching-te’s flower basket for Shen Yun in Tainan, Taiwan, on June 15, 2022, wishing the performance a great success. (Annie Gong/The Epoch Times)

Lin Hsien-wen, chair of the board of directors of a biotechnology company, was one of the performance’s audience members.

“Shen Yun combines modern technology and traditional culture, which is really great,” Mr. Lin said.

“Shen Yun is spreading the rich essence of Eastern culture to the whole world.”

Mr. Lin said people have been staying indoors for the last two years but it is now post-pandemic.

“Shen Yun’s coming to Taiwan can enrich and nourish the hearts and souls of the Taiwanese people,” he said.

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Lin Hsien-wen, a chair of the board of directors of a biotechnology company, watched Shen Yun in Tainan, Taiwan on June 15, 2022. (Annie Gong/The Epoch Times)

Mr. Lin, who holds a doctorate in pharmacology, agrees and feels strongly that Shen Yun‘s energy heals the mind and body.

“When you watch Shen Yun, your heart is full of excitement and you get so inspired, and for Easterners, that is energy,” he said.

‘Feel 10 Years Younger’

The energy of Shen Yun also struck a chord with former Tainan City Good Samaritan representative Chang Chiung-wen, who is 78 years old this year. This was her first time seeing Shen Yun.

“I feel 10 years younger after watching Shen Yun,” Ms. Chang said.

She encouraged everyone to, “make sure you come to see Shen Yun, it’s really worth it.”

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Chang Chiung-wen (L) and Chang Min-li at the Shen Yun performance in Tainan, Taiwan on June 15, 2022. (Lung Fang/The Epoch Times)

Jewelry designer Lin Pao-hua, who is also chairwoman of Paolipao Jewelry Ltd., Co., said that she had seen Shen Yun a number of times before. Due to the pandemic, Shen Yun hasn’t been to Taiwan for three years and she has eagerly awaited its return.

“I think the pandemic has locked people in for more than two years, it’s time to step out to enjoy Shen Yun’s dance and music, which presents such positive and beneficial energy to human beings,” Ms. Lin said.

“With Shen Yun touring Taiwan like this, I believe the pandemic can be behind us soon,” she added.

Ms. Lin encouraged people to get out and see Shen Yun, which can bring peace and joy to their hearts.

‘Very Beautiful’

Wang Chia-chin, deputy general manager of the Tainan branch of the King Full Herd company, watched Shen Yun with his 97-year-old mother and his older sister.

Mr. Wang said that he originally considered canceling the trip, as his mother fell in the bathroom last week. But they decided to make the trip because he wanted his mother to watch the world-class performance.

It turned out his mother enjoyed Shen Yun.

“It’s very beautiful! I’m very happy to see it,” she said.

Mr. Wang said his mother’s body aches and pains had all gone, and his mother also confirmed, “everything is fine now!”

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Wang Chia-chin, with his 97-year-old mother, and his elder sister after watching Shen Yun in Tainan, Taiwan on June 15, 2022. (Lily Chu/The Epoch Times)

Mr. Wang reminded everyone to not be afraid of the pandemic.

“Shen Yun’s performances are full of righteous energy and when you’re in its presence, you won’t fall ill,” he said.

“That’s how people are. If people have evil spirits, demons will come to you. If you stay righteous, the demons will not dare to approach you.”

Traveling Through Time and Space

Wang Chun-hsiung, the owner of the Humanities Teahouse, has seen Shen Yun several times, and he is very happy that Shen Yun is touring Taiwan again.

Mr. Wang praised Shen Yun‘s dynamic backdrop for allowing the audience to travel through time and space.

“The backdrop design is very well done and very lifelike,” he said. “The technology enabled for a smooth and swift transition from contemporary to the past and back again, giving people the feeling of traveling through time and space.”

Mr. Wang also felt that Shen Yun’s positive energy could dispel pandemic fears.

“Shen Yun’s performance is full of positive energy; for example, when we feel down, it is very beneficial for us to see a performance that’s full of energy,” he said.

Shen Yun recreates the 5,000-year-old Chinese culture, bringing to life on the stage many familiar stories that feature themes of loyalty and filial piety while exploring China’s rich history and myths.

Mr. Wang believes that such a program can enhance people’s ethics and morality in a society.

“Nowadays, society’s morality is declining. We often say that ‘public morality is not what it used to be.’ It is so true. Shen Yun’s program is very educational, and it can also purify people’s hearts and improve morality.”

Reporting by Epoch Staff in Tainan.

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Surgeon Says Shen Yun Keeps Alive Traditions of the Chinese People

BUFFALO, N.Y.—After many years of wanting to see Shen Yun Performing Arts, Yaron Perry, a lung surgeon at the University of Buffalo, and Anna Blumental-Perry, a biology researcher at the University, were finally able to attend a matinee performance at Shea’s Buffalo Theatre in Buffalo, N.Y. on June 11.

“I think they’re amazing,” Dr. Perry said. “I can tell you, we’ve been to so many shows and competitions—this is on a different level!”

“The art should speak for itself; it speaks for them and speaks for what they’re representing,” he said. “As excellent as they are, [Shen Yun] highly represents their mission … to keep justice and to keep the traditions of the Chinese people.”

Based in New York, Shen Yun is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance company. With a mission to revive and preserve China’s 5,000-year-old traditional culture, the company presents authentic folk dances, solo performances, and story-based, classical Chinese dances that tell the tales from ancient times to the modern-day.

Accompanied by a live orchestra that blends ancient Chinese instruments into a Western orchestra, Shen Yun journeys through heavenly realms and stories of heroic legends that shaped the culture of China’s divinely inspired middle kingdom.

According to the company’s website, this year’s Shen Yun performance demonstrates “China before communism.”

Mrs. Perry said: “It’s interesting to see that somebody preserved this tradition that is not allowed [in China], but [that’s] so beautiful and based on so many years of learning, developing, and improving.”

Dr. Perry was very pleased to experience the representation of China predating communism and the spirituality and values that are missing in the current regime. He found it amazing that Shen Yun not only has the desire to revive the “old, innocent, and real culture” of ancient China but they also have the “power and talent to do it.”

“I can see back to the foundations, to the religions. … I think there’s a lot of things there that are really missing, especially after the communism takeover,” he said. “I’m very sorry that they can’t come back to their own land because of that, which is really a shame.”

“Materialism … is meaningless compared to this eternal justice or eternal life,” he added, which can “give some hope to the people that something better can happen.”

In addition to representing myths and legends, Shen Yun presents story-based dances portraying the persecution of Falun Dafa, a meditation discipline based on the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance.

In 1999, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched a persecution campaign against the spiritual practice, and practitioners have since been subjected to unprecedented imprisonment, torture, and abuse. One dance piece from this year’s Shen Yun program depicts the state-orchestrated crime of forced organ harvesting from Falun Dafa prisoners in China.

As a thoracic surgeon, Mr. Perry said he had traveled to China and was familiar with the hospitals in Beijing and Nanjing.

“What’s projected here is … familiar for me. I think it’s a shame that medical professions are dealing with such a discrepancy—instead of taking care of the patients and the people, they take care of different interests—which is very, very bad,” he said.

Reporting by NTD and Jennifer Schneider.

The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. We have covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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Italian Singer Describes Shen Yun as ‘Almost Non-Human Perfection’

UDINE, Italy—Seeing something truly beautiful is an inspiring experience. With Shen Yun Performing Arts’ always striving for perfection with every performance, it is moving many audience members to better themselves as well.

“I congratulate them because they were impeccable, truly heavenly beings who danced. [They achieved] an almost non-human perfection. I believe they inspired us to be lightweight,” said Chiara Lo Presti, an entrepreneur and singer.

She also shared that she saw the experience of Shen Yun gave the audience a sense of being united.

“A lot of energy,” she said. “It’s a beautiful sensation of cohesion among the people, not only the artists on stage. But also this ability to convey to the audience this idea of harmony. This is something that is clear throughout the show and I think it is one of the elements that makes it so spectacular.”

Ms. Lo Presti expressed her appreciation for New York-based Shen Yun sharing the message of humility.

“I think that the whole show sends humanity a great message, and not only to tell [Chinese] culture. It is to de-escalate mankind’s arrogance and make it (mankind) aware of how small it is compared to the creation and the universe,” said Ms. Lo Presti.

“Thus, [we need to] retrieve spirituality and [find] the right balance between mankind, nature, and the universe. I believe this is the biggest message [Shen Yun] tried to convey to us tonight.”

“The message to go back to spirituality is an important message … Actually, it’s a message that everyone should respond to, all the people in the world, each with his own religion or faith. Everyone should reclaim this spiritual dimension, because actually, it is what brings everything in this world to balance.”

The mission of Shen Yun is to revive 5,000 years of Chinese civilization—a China before communism.

“I appreciated very much that such a diversified and colorful show was created to tell a rich, ancient tradition. I believe that all the world’s people should go back to our origins because if we are telling our history, it means we are somehow losing it, we’ve been stranded. We need to go back to origins,” she added.

“Thus, [Shen Yun] gives a great example of this need to go back to our own tradition. Because by knowing who we are, we will also know where we need to go.”

Shen Yun’s live orchestra is a unique blend of instruments seen in the traditional symphony orchestra and traditional Chinese instruments. One of these instruments is the two-stringed erhu and it is highlighted further with a solo performance.

“Maybe I’m a bit biased because of my singer profession, but I had the feeling it was singing rather than an instrument, almost like a heavenly voice that was singing. And these harmonious and melodic notes went straight to my heart. They gave a feeling of serenity and tranquility,” said Ms. Lo Presti.

Reporting by NTD and Maria Han.

The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. We have covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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Musician Admires Shen Yun’s Orchestra Music, Artistry of the Dancers

LUBBOCK, Texas—Shen Yun Performing Arts delighted its audience at the Buddy Holly Hall on May 31 with classical Chinese dance and folk dance and music.

One audience member impressed by the New York-based performing arts company was musician Clinton Barrick.

Mr. Barrick admired “the artistry of the dancers, and the beauty of the orchestra, and the music that’s composed just for [Shen Yun].”

Shen Yun presents a live orchestra, a unique combination of traditional Eastern and classical Western instruments.

“I loved it very much. And I liked the Eastern instruments because we don’t hear them very much,” said Mr. Barrick.

Mr. Barrick plays the horn. He is also the director of programming for a network of radio stations in Texas. Since the 1980s he has been a music director for both churches and synagogues.

He also enjoyed the Shen Yun’s vocalists noting that the tenor was excellent.

Among the traditional instruments in the performance is the erhu, the Chinese two-stringed violin. “Beautiful,” said Mr. Barrick. “I like it a lot.”

China was once known as the “celestial kingdom” and, according to legend, was a world where divine beings and mortals once co-existed in harmony. The dances and songs in Shen Yun portray traditional as well as modern stories which are imbued with spiritual and moral values.

Mr. Barrick enjoyed learning about Chinese traditions and watching the story-based dances.

“The stories were all very clear. I understood all the stories. So it was very good,” he said.

He sent a message of encouragement to Shen Yun’s artists. “Keep doing [your performances], so that we all know what this art is.”

‘It’s Enlightening, Makes My Heart Feel Light’

Lee Rice, a retired railroad train conductor, was also in the audience with his family.

“It is the first time I’ve seen the [performance] and I brought my two granddaughters, and my daughter, and my lovely wife to see it. So I wanted to share [Shen Yun] with them,” he said.

Mr. Rice is very interested in history.

“And so [Shen Yun] was a chance to actually witness some of the ancient dances the Chinese people had. And I liked the way it’s presented from the different areas and the different types of dance because I didn’t understand that until tonight,” he said.

The colorful folk and ethnic dances with their distinctive rhythms take the audience from the Mongolian Plains across to the plateaus of Tibet.

“But the beauty, the pageantry, the costumes, it’s beautiful. It’s wonderful,” said Mr. Rice

“It’s enlightening and makes my heart feel light. And I love it. So I feel like it’s a great event that we all should see. I love to learn about other cultures. So we’re very appreciative that [the performers] have come [to Lubbock],” said Mr. Rice.

Shen Yun’s classical Chinese dances depict stories of ancient dynasties, cherished legends, bucolic scenes, and comical tales. One dance that Mr. Rice found particularly enchanting was “The Restaurant Tale” where restaurant owners playfully compete for customers.

“That was just impressive,” he said.

He was also surprised to learn that acrobatics is an intrinsic part of Chinese classical dance. “So to see the athleticism is fascinating. It’s very enjoyable.”

Shen Yun has set itself the mission of reviving the authentic traditional Chinese culture which was almost destroyed by the Chinese communist regime.

“I think [Shen Yun] shines a light on the Chinese people, the true Chinese people, not the communist government that has taken over and done so many bad things,” said Mr. Rice.

Mr. Rice believed that sometimes there is confusion between Maoist communism and today’s Chinese people.

He was pleased that Shen Yun’s dances represented the true Chinese culture that lies in the hearts of the Chinese people.

Reporting by Sally Sun and Diane Cordemans.

The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. We have covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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‘Most Impressive Dancing I’ve Ever Seen,’ Composer Says of Shen Yun

DALLAS, Texas —“The dancing is just extraordinary,” said composer Lisa Bloom. “I’ve never seen dancers who could do such amazing things and the discipline is just amazingly impressive.”

Ms. Bloom was attending the premier New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts at the AT & T Performing Arts Center on May 29.

“I’ve seen a lot of dance and ballet all through my life and this is the most impressive I’ve ever seen,” she said.

Shen Yun is bringing back the long-lost culture of China’s five millennia civilization that was virtually destroyed after the Chinese communist regime came to power.

“The music is gorgeous,” said Ms. Bloom who composes music for film and television.

Shen Yun’s orchestra is a combination of classical Western and traditional Eastern instruments.

Ms. Bloom’s male friend agreed. “The music is really amazing. I like the Chinese instruments added to the Western instruments. The combination is really good.”

The East-West blend introduces traditional Chinese instruments such as the pipa and erhu, a traditional two-stringed violin.

“It’s so unusual, but they’ve done a really magnificent job blending the two [cultures] and also they really know how to dramatize and accentuate the emotions of what’s going on the stage. And I love also how they combined the backdrop. That’s really clever,” said Ms. Bloom.

“[The composer] has mastered all of the Western forms of orchestration that you would use in very powerful film scoring like animation, but yet he’s integrated all of the Eastern themes and there’s a lot of interesting variation and drama. So it’s very exciting,” said Ms. Bloom.

‘Lot More Love in This World’

Also present in the audience were Justin Phillip, a senior cyber security architect, and Charlotte Phillip. The couple attended Shen Yun with Nancy Visel, an entrepreneur, and Thomas Visel, an aerospace engineer.

The friends were enchanted by the story-based dances presented in Shen Yun.

“Monkeying Around in Paradise” a comedy from the classic Chinese novel, “Journey to the West,” and “The Restaurant Tale,” another comedy that shows the friendly jibes between restaurant owners vying for customers, were both very popular.

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Mr. Justin Phillip (2nd R) and his wife, Charlotte, (1st R), and their friends Thomas Visel (2nd L) and wife, Nancy Visel (1st L), at Shen Yun Performing Arts at the AT&T Performing Arts Center–Winspear Opera House, Dallas, Texas on May 29, 2022. (Sonia Wu/The Epoch Times)

Mrs. Phillips also enjoyed the instrumentalist who played the traditional two-string violin, the erhu. “So beautiful,” she said.

“That range of sounds with two strings was amazing,” agreed her husband.

Mrs. Visel loved the colors and the texture which were exemplified in the dance “Water Sleeves,” which also offered a glimpse into the imperial court of a long past dynasty where elegant ladies swirl their long colorful sleeves.

Reviving China’s traditional culture resonated with the group.

Mrs. Phillip said it was important it was for people to support Shen Yun in today’s world.

Mrs. Visel agreed. “I think it’s a wonderful way to learn about other people and who they are from a historical aspect.”

Some of Shen Yun’s dances transmit spiritual messages in their narratives.

“I think it’s important for people to know there’s more than just us … there’s more than just our heightened opinions of ourselves,” said Mr. Phillip.

“There’s a spiritual element in everything, it’s not just pure science. And there’s a spirituality in the West too although we often forget it,” he added. Shen Yun was conveying important messages, he said.

Mrs. Visel also remarked on the issue of spirituality.

“I think the spirituality that was portrayed … is very similar to many cultures all across the world and if people could understand and look at the metaphors in the stories, they would see how much alike we really are, how our hearts are longing for redemption, how we’re looking for the Creator to come back and save us from everything,” said Mrs. Visel.

“If we focussed more on those things instead of our differences I think we’d have a lot more love in this world.”

Mr. Visel had been looking forward to seeing Shen Yun for three years and said it had exceeded his expectations. It gave a different, honest, and open perspective on Chinese culture. Mr. Visel was referring to Shen Yun’s portrayal of the Chinese communist regime’s persecution of people because of their spiritual beliefs.

“[Shen Yun] wasn’t afraid to go into places [that] you wouldn’t normally talk about. I just loved that,” he said.

Reporting by Sally Sun , Sonia Wu and Diane Cordemans.

The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. We have covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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‘We Love It,’ Says Lead Effects Animator After Seeing Shen Yun

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.—Francisco Rodriguez, lead effects animator at Walt Disney, said both he and his daughter loved Shen Yun Performing Arts after seeing the company perform at the Granada Theatre on May 28.

“We love it. I like … the dancing, and the music, and the live orchestra,” Mr. Rodriguez said.

Based in New York, Shen Yun is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company, with a mission to revive China’s culture as it was before decades of communist rule all but destroyed it. The company features story-based dances that showcase different parts of China’s regions as well as the essence of China’s history and culture.

Mr. Rodriguez said Shen Yun provides a comprehensive view of the history and culture of China.

“It’s like you get to see their culture from all different angles, such as the villages and the cities,” he said.

Mr. Rodriguez added that he enjoyed all the different colors in Shen Yun, and how the animations in the projected backdrops interacted with the dances on stage. He also appreciated learning about the spiritual aspect of Chinese culture through Shen Yun.

“It’s nice to know that people are still focusing on tradition and focusing on spirituality,” he said.

‘Never Seen Anything Like It’

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Cody Segal at the Shen Yun Performing Arts performance at The Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara, Calif., on May 28, 2022. (Linda Jiang/The Epoch Times)

Cody Segal, who is self-employed and also an artist, said he really enjoyed the spiritual aspect of Shen Yun.

“It was great to see that on stage, in the blending of the beauty and the harmony,” Mr. Segal said. “There was such a balance in the choreography. And then seeing that combined with the spiritual undertones, I thought that was fantastic. … It actually resonated with me, and I thought that was beautiful.”

Mr. Segal said he had never seen a performance like Shen Yun before, and he enjoyed all the different facets of the performance.

“I love the costumes. The choreography was great. The music was fantastic,” he said. “I loved how the imagery blends so seamlessly with the action on stage. It was just mind-blowing. I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said.

Reporting by Alice Sun and Linda Jiang.

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Bestselling Author ‘Overwhelmed’ By Shen Yun’s Beauty

BASEL, Switzerland—A good story is worth telling time and time again. Shen Yun Performing Arts tours around the world and tells stories of hope and beauty through dance and music.

“I am overwhelmed—with beauty, with joy, with the work behind it and the creativity,” said Iris Galey, a bestselling author from New Zealand, after she saw Shen Yun on May 20.

Shen Yun is based in New York and its artists are trained in classical Chinese dance. The dance form requires not only flexibility and strength but also inner peace and discipline.

Ms. Galey expressed how impressed she was with “the precision. The work behind it, the dedication to the work, the colors, the splendor.”

With all of the commotion happening around the world, Shen Yun provided a chance to escape for an evening.

“I am so grateful that we can always reconcile in humanity through art,” she said.

With a strong message of hope, Ms. Galey recommends that “you absolutely must see this in this day and age.”

‘Very Inspiring, Very Beautiful’

Eylene Heller and Nikolas Schneuwly, a financial advisor, were also in the audience for this evening’s performance.

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Eylene Heller and Nikolas Schneuwly at the Shen Yun Performing Arts performance at the Musical Theater, Basel, on May 20, 2022. (NTD)

Mr. Schneuwly found that experiencing Shen Yun gave him a feeling of “connection to the divine, connection to oneself, connection with others, compassion, living values, and love.”

Ms. Heller agreed, adding, “Yes, definitely, the values. There was definitely a strong influence of lightness and of joy and that is something that we perhaps sometimes forget to live in our everyday life.”

Shen Yun’s singers sing in the traditional bel canto style. A translation of the libretti is projected on the backdrop so that audiences around the world can understand the message being conveyed.

“The song text was very, very inspiring, very beautiful. Insofar that I could see myself very much in it, for example, that the earthly thoughts block the access to the divine,” said Mr. Schneuwly.

“That was very appropriate because I always notice that this thinking often prevents us from simply going into the heart and becoming more connected with each other and the divine.”

Reporting by NTD and Maria Han.

The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. We have covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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California Congresswoman Applauds Shen Yun for Standing up Against Chinese Communist Party

COSTA MESA, Calif.—Michelle Steel, Republican congresswoman for California’s 48th congressional district, was thrilled by Shen Yun Performing Arts at Segerstrom Center for the Arts on May 22.

Mrs. Steel is one of the first Korean-American women to serve in Congress. As a young adult, she came to America searching for opportunities in the hope of a better future.

“It’s fabulous … every year I see it,” she said of Shen Yun. “The costumes, culture, and those dancing moves, it’s just amazing!”

Recently appointed to the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, which monitors human rights and rule-of-law developments, Mrs. Steel was glad that Shen Yun is highlighting, through song and dance, some of the atrocities currently happening in China.

“I am very happy that they are actually talking about what’s going on in the whole world—especially in China … so I just loved every bit of it,” she said.

Summarizing her experience, Mrs. Steel said Shen Yun was “just awesome!”

Based in New York, Shen Yun is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance company. With a mission to revive China’s 5,000-year-old culture, the company presents folk dances, solo performances, and story-based pieces that tell tales from ancient times to the modern day. The company’s website says its performance this year demonstrates “China before communism.”

In addition to ancient heroes and legends, Shen Yun presents mini-dramas that depict the persecution of Falun Dafa, a meditation discipline based on the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance. In 1999 the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched a persecution campaign against the spiritual practice and adherents have since been subjected to unprecedented imprisonment, torture, and abuse.

Mrs. Steel said she supported how the performances stood up to the CCP, something that she herself has done with one example being her efforts regarding the 2022 Olympic Games held in Beijing.

“We tried to change the venue for the Olympics in Beijing. Senator Ted Cruz and I sent a letter out to Olympic Committee to change the venue and it never happened,” she said.

According to The Epoch Times, a letter from Mrs. Steel and Mr. Cruz was sent out on March 19 and addressed to the Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach. The letter argued that the goal of the Olympics to promote “a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity” contradicted the evidential and violent repression of dissenting minorities in China by the CCP.

Mrs. Steel then sent a letter to 17 different American corporate sponsors of the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing to use their advertisements to showcase the CCP’s human rights abuses.

“I said, ‘Why don’t you just spend a little bit of your advertising money to let the whole world know what kind of human rights violation the CCP has been doing?’ Not even one company responded. And it’s just so sad to see how far they can go,” she said.

Advocating for human rights nationally and internationally, Mrs. Steel and her husband Shawn Steel, who serves on the Republican National Committee, have been doing work to help end the crime of forced organ harvesting in China.

A mini-drama from this year’s Shen Yun illustrates how organ harvesting is part of the  CCP’s persecution of Falun Dafa. That scene, Mrs. Steel commented, made the most impact on her.

“My husband and I fought … organ harvesting. We tried to stop that. And we want the world to know what the Chinese government is doing. So that really hit me,” she said.

Reporting by Linda Jiang and Jennifer Schneider.

The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. We have covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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