THOUSAND OAKS, Calif—Mrs. Wendy Pini, a well-known artist and writer, attended the opening night of Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company in The Fred Kavli Theatre on Jan. 22.
Mrs. Pini was very touched by the beauty of the Shen Yun performance, “It makes me cry because the beauty is indescribable of these dancers. The classical movement is so graceful it’s like going up to Heaven.
“Since I was a very little girl I’ve known the story of The Monkey King and The Journey West, so when I saw The Journey West in the show I was taken back to my childhood.”
In 2006 Shen Yun Performing Arts, a non-profit based in upstate New York, was formed. Using the universal language of the performing the mission of Shen Yun is to revive the lost heritage of ancient China. The divinely inspired culture that was China’s for 5000 years was almost lost during the Cultural Revolution and the following years of the current communist government.
“I’m so touched because I think in this country we don’t see enough of the exquisite. Pop culture is commonplace, but this is exquisite and indefinable in its beauty and wisdom too, because the words of the singers are very, very true. I’m reminded of why we are here, the song says, “Do you know why you are here?” It really touches my heart to see something like that on stage”, said Mrs. Pini.
Shen Yun transports the audience on a journey to magical realms, ethnic dances, dynasties, and tales of modern courage.
“Since I’ve been a very little girl I have been very fascinated by oriental culture, both Japanese and Chinese, … When I tell my own stories and draw my own illustrations I try to capture some of that beauty and wisdom in my own stories,” shared Mrs. Pini.
Shen Yun’s unique orchestra that combines classical Western instruments with traditional Chinese instruments also impressed her.
“Oh, the music is wonderful. The melodies are so wonderful to follow. They take you away. I really can’t say enough about it, I hope everybody gets to see Shen Yun,” added Mrs. Pini.
In summing up the evening Mrs. Pini said, “It made me feel like coming home. There’s something very familiar about it to me, like a past life experience. I know that may sound strange. It’s so beautiful, so precise, everything is so studied and so precise. A kind of perfection. It lifts your spirit to see that.”
‘I love it, I love it!’
Mr. Hendon Mason Harris III, was among those who enjoyed the opening night for Shen Yun Performing Arts in Thousand Oaks.
Mr. Harris is a mortgage loan broker with a special interest in China, ” I love it, I love it. I’m studying Chinese culture and it’s a beautiful story!”
For 5000 years divine culture divine culture blossomed in the land of China. Mankind’s treasure was nearly lost, but through captivating music and dance, Shen Yun is bringing a divine culture back to life, according to the Shen Yun website.
Mr. Harris said, “I believe that Chinese history, because of the recent changes, have been ignored, the ancient past. Stories of Tai Zong of the Tang Dynasty, tremendous, tremendous person—a wonderful leader of his armies and of China.”
“But very few people know of him, and he’s just one example of scores of stories of Chinese history that should be better known, not just by Asians but by people around the world because these men belong not only to China, but the world. The stories are fabulous.”
Reporting by NTD Television and Cheryl Casati.
Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company are scheduled for one more performance in Thousand Oaks, CA. at the Fred Kavli Theater on Jan. 23 and then in Los Angeles at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Jan. 25 to 27.
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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