WASHINGTON—Heinz Schwab, a priest, said he was deeply touched and gained a completely fresh impression of China after seeing the performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Kennedy Center on Jan. 30.
Kieke Neumann, a Franciscan missionary and priestess, also saw the performance and praised it as pure and beautiful.
Based in New York, Shen Yun, a classical Chinese dance and music company, has a mission to revive China’s 5,000 year-old divinely inspired culture.
The way Mr. Schwab usually hears about China “is quite a political thing, and it’s very different from us,” he said. “To see that [Shen Yun's] performance is eye opening to me. To see how China really has a heart, how they have really a history, and how they’re connected to their roots, where they’re coming from,” he said.
Mr. Schwab continued: “Every culture in the world comes from nature, from their creator, from what they have within; it’s not about work and all these things that we see from the outside. In the performance I saw that: These people really expressed their love for their creator, for nature. And it’s expressed in the beauty of the colors, how they dress, how they act. It’s just so lovely to see that. I really saw a new China.”
He said he was “touched, really, to see China from a new side, and it’s really hope for me, for the world, that all together we can bring forth that in every man.”
Ms. Neumann also gained inspiration from Shen Yun. In an interview with New Tang Dynasty, she said: “I loved the show. It was like stepping into a new world, looking through an ancient picture book. With so much purity and meaning, you could really feel that the actors were living their ideals, and I would recommend for everybody to see it.”
She said that Shen Yun had great utility in teaching “the true beauty of China,” and added: “I loved it! I really loved it!” The classical Chinese dance in Shen Yun, and the values imparted in those dances, is “a part of China that the rest of the world should know and love—you could fall in love with it.”
Ms. Neumann said that she was particularly moved by what she described as the spiritual parts of Shen Yun. “East or West, we’re all brothers, and they brought that forth in their performance.” She said Shen Yun exemplified “staying true to what you believe in, and keep[ing] the purity. “
Reporting by NTD Television and Wardner B. Schell.
Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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