HOUSTON—Serene Wafai, an educator, attended Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Houston Jones Hall for the Performing Arts with family and friends, for the Dec. 29 evening performance.
“We love it,” said Mrs. Wafai, “We think they are are so talented,” she said of the performers. “The music is great. The introduction to each dance is giving us nice background information to each dance.”
New York-based Shen Yun presents colorful and exhilarating performances of classical Chinese dance and music, according to its website. “A performance by Shen Yun is a presentation of traditional Chinese culture as it once was: a study in grace, wisdom, and the virtues distilled from the five millennia of Chinese civilization.”
Mrs. Wafai said that she learned a lot about the 5,000-year Chinese culture. “It is teaching us about a lot the Chinese culture, and it is something new to us. We are excited to see it,” she said, adding that she was particularly struck by the colors in the performance.
Hani Barzei, an engineer in health care, said, “It is great. We are honored to be here.”
“I love the color the background, everything was perfect,” said Rihab Wafai, an interior decorator.
“Each dance has a story behind it,” said Mrs. Wafai.
Classical Chinese dance has been handed down generation after generation. “Soaking up profound wisdom from every era and dynasty,” according to Shen Yun’s website. “It has become a complete system of dance embodying traditional aesthetic principles with its unique dance movements, rhythms, and inner meaning.”
Muhmmad Wafai, an eye doctor, said that the stories told him that the Chinese people went through a lot of hardships, but “there is a will and there is a way.”
Currently, Shen Yun is not able to perform in China because of the communist rule in the country. The communist regime in China has sought to destroy the 5,000-year traditional Chinese culture.
Shen Yun’s mission is to revive the essence and virtues of the rich traditional Chinese culture around the world.
“If the public would like to do something, and they are determined to do it, then it takes leadership and determination, and hard work,” said Dr. Wafai, who was thinking of his home country, Syria.
“We really admire the Chinese culture,” said Dr. Wafai.
Reporting by NTD Television and Kelly Ni.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s International Company will be performing in Houston through January 1. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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