COSTA MESA, Calif.—“I’m very impressed at how graceful they are,” Lisa Hahn observed of the Shen Yun Performing Arts’ dancers.
Lisa Hahn, an independent consultant and her husband John Vlietstra, human resources, were among theater goers at Segerstrom Center for the Arts this holiday weekend.
With three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world, Shen Yun’s mission is to bring the rich 5,000-year-old civilization to the world’s people, rousing and infusing audiences with China’s divinely inspired culture
Based in New York, Shen Yun enjoys the artistic freedom of bringing these ancient legends and virtues back to life.
“I’m glad to see it. I’m happy to see that they are representing a different aspect of the culture that one doesn’t normally see or is being broadcast from mainland China. It’s a different take.”
According to the Shen yun website, “Today, on the surface, the Chinese Communist Party claims to be reviving traditional Chinese culture. But no matter how its efforts are framed, they are ineffectual. For the Chinese Communist Party removes the cultural essence of respect for the divine, thereby extracting the heart and soul of traditional Chinese culture. Shen Yun seeks to revive these virtues the world over.
“I thought that was interesting. I actually enjoy that,” said Mr. Vlietstra of the show’s unique content and perspective.
Ms. Hahn commented; “I think it’s good that they talked about the influence of Buddha. Think about the real influence of Buddha on the Chinese culture.”
She said she enjoyed that Shen Yun showed different aspects of China’s vast cultural region through dance.
Reporting by Sophia Fang and Masha Savitz.
Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will perform in Thousand Oaks at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Jan. 22 and 23, and downtown Los Angeles at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Jan. 25 through 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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