SEATTLE—”This is an example of what the body looks like when it is alive and shining,” said Aadil Palkhivala, who with his wife Savitri, saw Shen Yun’s Saturday evening performance at Seattle’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall.
“The body is radiant, it glows, and you can see the energy coming out from deep inside the core of the person to express the spirit in the human form,” he added.
Mr. Palkhivala, a master yoga teacher and professional speaker, said that he loved every single piece: “Each one was unique.” Mr. Palkhivala also holds degrees in law, physics, and mathematics, and he co-hosts the Alive and Shine Radio Show with his wife.
“Each one was beautiful,” he said. “From the tenor singing to the magnificent choreography, to the colors, to the flow, to the rhythm—I loved every piece.”
One thing Mr. Palkhivala said that he was not aware of before the show was the widespread persecution of spiritual freedom in China.
“Over its past 60 years of rule, the communist regime has treated traditional Chinese values—centered on the idea of harmony between heaven and earth—as a threat to its existence,” reads Shen Yun’s website. “And in its systematic campaigns like the Cultural Revolution, it has uprooted traditional beliefs and destroyed ancient treasures—bringing traditional 5,000 years of civilization to the brink of extinction.”
“You see, we are here to be spiritual beings, and if we are not in the spirit, we feel lost and confused—and then we are controllable. And so the government controls people by not allowing their spirits to flourish,” said Mr. Palkhivala.
Savitri agreed. “The performance was a beautiful expression of what lies in our hearts—an expression of our spirits in matter, our spirits in our beautiful bodies,” she said. “No government should block this expression. This is the reason why we are alive.”
Reflecting on her first thoughts of wishing to see the performance, Savitri recalled Shen Yun’s depiction of true beauty. “When I saw the pamphlet, the pictures just invoked the beauty of the human race,” she said.
“The beautiful colors, the beautiful faces of the dancers, the graceful movement of the photographs,” she explained. “I mean, that’s what I feel spirit is—beauty—and it’s our duty as human beings to express our beauty.”
“There is a lot of beauty as an expression of spirit in the Chinese culture, which I’ve not had a chance to see before this. So it was very eye opening,” added Mr. Palkhivala.
Shen Yun seeks to portray ancient China, a land where deities and mortals coexisted, and a belief that the divine transmitted a rich culture to the people of the earth.
That sense was not lost upon Savitri. “I’m just so grateful, as an audience, to be part of this amazing expression of our divinity,” she said. “So thank you.”
With reporting by Rachel Huang and Michael Fitzgerald
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company is performing in Seattle, at the Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, March 28-31. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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