ATLANTA—“I think the show is spectacular; lots of powerful messages which can be applied globally, not only to China,” said Dr. Neil Shulman, healthcare activist and author of the book adapted into the 1991 Doc Hollywood film, of Shen Yun Performing Arts at the sold-out Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Jan. 5.
Shen Yun brings 5,000 years of Chinese civilization to life on stage, through traditional art forms like classical Chinese dance.
“We here in Atlanta where we have cultures and segments from all over the world, since Olympics of 1996,” Dr. Shulman said. “By bringing Shen Yun here, a way that we can unite the spirits of all, by what you do, what is so important for the Chinese people, as well as people all over the world.”
Dr. Shulman is the founder of the Health and Humanitarian Summit, a two-day forum where experts from around the world share ideas to better lives and make a difference. He has authored numerous books promoting medical literacy, as well as children’s books and screenplays. He is also an Associate Professor in the School of Medicine at Emory University.
“One of the messages is that people should have freedom to live a peaceful life. Most important thing is not somebody being famous or rich or bureaucratic, but people caring about each other, joining together to make the world a humane place,” Dr. Shulman said.
Dr. Shulman was impressed with the message he saw in Shen Yun’s performance merged with the universality of the art forms.
“You add music and dance to the strong humane message that captures the brains of everybody in the audience and that is spectacular. I wish that all 7 billion people … could all watch this show,” Dr. Shulman said.
“Since ancient times, China has been known as the ‘Celestial Empire,’” according to Shen Yun’s website. “It refers to the belief that the divine, through various dynasties, transmitted a rich and abundant culture to the Chinese people.”
Legends refer to many deities who imparted essential elements of Chinese culture to the people, such as the Chinese characters, architecture, and way of life. Values such as respect for the heavens, benevolence and justice, and wisdom and propriety are prevalent in traditional Chinese culture and translated through the arts.
“If all 7 billion people could get united by the spirits as the Chinese culture goes way back in history as Western people can learn a lot from it, as Chinese tradition has more openness that we Westerners can learn,” Dr. Shulman said.
“[Shen Yun] bring[s] the world closer together,” Dr. Shulman said.
Reporting by NTD Television and Catherine Yang.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world with a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. The Shen Yun International Company will perform at Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Jan. 5-6, and at Fox Theatre from Jan. 8-9. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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