PITTSBURGH—On Sunday afternoon, Christian pastor Eric Fox found a reason to rejoice. He and his wife Tina took in Shen Yun Performing Arts at the city’s Benedum Center on Sunday afternoon and found it an unforgettable experience.
“It was wonderful. It was absolutely beautiful. It was just gorgeous,” Mr. Fox said.
“I liked how it lifted me to the Lord,” Mr. Fox said. “I think that this represents the highest beauty that man can think of.”
Established in 2006 by a group of overseas Chinese artists, the New York-based company has set out “to revive the 5,000 year old, divinely inspired culture of China,” according to the company’s website. This culture has been nearly destroyed by the atheist communist regime.
Through colorful performances of classical Chinese dance, an orchestra that seamlessly blends Eastern and Western instruments, as well as performances by internationally renowned bel canto soloists, Shen Yun takes audiences on a tour of the ancient Chinese culture.
Mr. Fox said that he would recommend the show to his parishioners.
Alongside myths, legends, and beloved tales, Shen Yun also brings to light the plight of Falun Dafa practitioners, who are persecuted by the Chinese regime in China today.
Falun Dafa is a traditional meditation practice based on the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance. The Chinese regime has systematically targeted Falun Dafa practitioners, yet they have persevered and exposed the persecution through peaceful means.
“Their spirit of compassion and tolerance manifest the very essence of China’s 5,000-year-old divine culture,” Shen Yun’s website states.
“I think persecution of anyone is terrible, no matter where it is. I think most people would agree with that,” Mr. Fox said.
“I think it’s terrible what took place in Tiananmen Square and many other places around the world, and still going on today,” he said.
He was impressed by Falun Gong practitioners’ approach of responding to persecution with compassion and goodness.
“Yes, that’s a good thing. That’s God’s way,” he said.
Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company will perform next in Indianapolis at the Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University, Feb. 5–6. 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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