The world’s leading authentic Chinese classical dance and music performance, Shen Yun Performing Arts, was an indelible and unique experience for audiences in Dallas as he played at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.
Shen Yun’s mission is to restore Chinese culture from the pre-communist era. It restores China’s 5,000-year-old culture to its authentic form.
Tonight’s performance was especially enjoyable for insurance broker Christian Baird and his wife Camilla, who are big fans of Asian culture.
Shen Yun’s dances are based on stories with a repertoire that takes audiences from the plains of Mongolia to the Tibetan plateau to the courts of Chinese dynasties, while bringing back precious legends and tales.
Ms. Baird, a flower business owner, admired the colors in the “Spring Plum Blossom” dance. Plum blossoms symbolize courage and beauty while enduring the winter cold. Monkey in Paradise was a humorous dance that also piqued her sense of comedy.
Shen Yun uses 3D technology to create special effects that are almost magical. “And the background, the way [actors] came out of the screen, it was amazing, “she said.
The dances represent the spiritual foundations of ancient Chinese society, which is believed to be inspired by God. It also depicts the Chinese regime’s continued persecution of the ancient spiritual practice of Falun Dafa, a practice of meditation in the Buddhist tradition. Falun Dafa practitioners kill themselves for their organs to supply the Chinese medical transplant industry.
Mr Baird said he had read about the forced organ harvesting in China and the oppression of religious groups by the Chinese communist regime. “I know that if you do not fall under Chinese communist culture, you are defined as an enemy of the state. And this is a shame. And this is unfortunate, because China is an amazing country [and] has an amazing story. But like any other country, when there is a political system that is totalitarian, where they want to control everything … there is no basic level of freedom. “It’s very, very sad because the average person loses,” he said.
“Whether one is a Jew, a Christian, a Buddhist, one has the fundamental right to worship peacefully,” he said.
“It’s beautiful, oh my God. I don’t know who wouldn’t like it [a performance such as Shen Yun]Exclaimed Ms. Baird.
“We are not rich, but I would like to bring a bunch of high school students [Shen Yun.] “I was going to buy 400 tickets… because young adults need to see that,” Mr Baird said. Young people need to see the arts, not technology and mobile phones, he said.
Shen Yun was also enjoyed by Amber Smith and Grabriel Antiveros, co-owners of a hairdressing business.
Ms. Smith grew up dancing and recognized the level of experience of Shen Yun dancers, who she said were perfectly in sync. Mrs. Smith has been practicing ballet for nearly 18 years.
Shen Yun’s unique orchestra, a combination of Western classical and Eastern traditional instruments, was also a bonus. Everything was so synchronized, she said.
Mr. Antiveros was amused by the “Rookie Monks” dance.
“I really liked it [dance] with the monks, where they did their hair and would take it off, “he said. “But there were so many complicated hairstyles.”
“I love the arts and we do arts, we create hairstyles, but also music and dance, [Shen Yun] it’s just beautiful, “he said.
Gregory Mills and Ray Wells had come to see Shen Yun to celebrate a special occasion.
“I wanted to do something special for you [Ray’s] birthday and just have a nice evening and enjoy the music and the culture, ”said Mr Mills, who works in law enforcement. And he succeeded.
“I will definitely want to see [Shen Yun] again. [The dance] it’s amazing, “said Ms Wells. “Athletics and coordination and the way they move together – no problem. The colors are crazy. They are beautiful and all the details are complex. ”
Mr. Mills was moved by the scenes showing the persecution of Falun Dafa.
“People need to know. This is also a powerful message. “I almost cried three times,” he said.
Shen Yun conveyed a message about the importance of people uniting peacefully, the couple said.
Report by Sally Sun and Diane Cordemans
The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. We have covered audience reactions since the establishment of Shen Yun in 2006