(Minghui.org) Shen Yun's six touring companies presented cherished stories of China's divinely inspired culture to audiences in the United States, France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Mexico, and Taiwan during the first three weeks of April 2019.
Michael Waller, vice president of government relations at Washington-based think tank Center for Security Policy, and Alison Blair, antique business owner, at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, D.C. on April 17, 2019.
“The precision of the dance, and the grace of the dance,” said Michael Waller, the vice president of government relations at the Washington-based think tank Center for Security Policy. He attended the performance with Alison Blair, an antique business owner.
“And the sheer beauty of it.... It’s not sort of an empty beauty... This has a soul,” he said.
“You see the beauty of the ancient civilization, [and] the hope for the future of China, all at the same time. And it’s a really exciting thing to see, it’s really inspiring,” said Ms. Blair.
“A very beautiful way to tell a story with hope... It’s something that you can’t put into words, but you have to experience it to really understand the full beauty and context of everything,” she said.
“It’s just stunning on every level. Physically and musically (the music was incredible). It’s just so hard to pick out just one thing here or there,” said Lindsay Wagner, an Emmy Award-winning actress.
“The long sleeves, that dance was just amazing, utilizing the costume and all of that was just exquisite... The scenery was just magnificent too.
“Without any words, they tell such a potent story... You get the whole story from the music, from the motion, from the expressions. The choreography, of course, is doing so much if it,” she said.
Fashion designer Lloyd Klein saw Shen Yun perform at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida, on April 16, 2019.
“First of all, the mix of colors is beyond amazing,” Mr. Klein said.
“It is so beautiful. The colors, the mix of the colors, the details of the costumes are amazing... The dance is extremely beautiful.
“What I have to say to the performers, to the artists, to the designers that everything is done in a very elegant way—in a very good way.
“For me, [Shen Yun] is a symbol of elegance. It’s amazing,” he said.
Writer, historian, and professor Juan Miguel Zunzunegui saw Shen Yun perform in Mexico City, Mexico, on April 6, 2019.
“The performance shows 5,000 years ago, when China was different... The real China, which had a 5,000-year-old soul, and here it is. That is the most beautiful part,” said Juan Miguel Zunzunegui, a writer, historian, and professor.
“Not only did China have its soul stolen, but the West as well. I have mentioned it many times that China is a civilization that has lost its soul. When suddenly you only care about the outside, making money and generating wealth, to have modernity; it’s all okay to have all that, but never lose your soul. And I believe a lot of people in the world today have lost their souls.
“I believe that the show invites you, without rejecting all the good things modernity can bring, not to reject all the good things that tradition brings.
“Past traditions are millenary wisdom. And if millenary wisdom can come along with modernity, we will be able to do wonderful things,” he said.
President of the charitable foundation Zest for Life, Christine Lienhard saw Shen Yun perform in Zurich, Switzerland, on April 8, 2019.
“Every time I see Shen Yun, I am impressed, surprised, and captivated,” she said.
She felt “an enormous energy surrounding her” and said she thought that the same was happening for others in the audience.
“Yet, I did not feel any pressure, but an airiness and buoyancy. Everything was perfect and complemented each other—the costumes, the movements, the colors—in short, I was touched,” Ms. Lienhard said.
Shen Yun continues its world tour with upcoming performances in Northridge, California April 30–May 1; Ogden, Utah May 2–3; Plymouth, United Kingdom May 2–4; and Paris, France May 8–12.
For more information on tickets and dates, please visit http://shenyun.com.