Shen Yun ‘A discovery of culture,’ Says Doctor

Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 6, 2013 Last Updated: February 6, 2013
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Doctor Meera Sool enjoyed Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company’s performance in Wellington. (Carole Lu/The Epoch Times)

Doctor Meera Sool enjoyed Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company’s performance in Wellington. (Carole Lu/The Epoch Times)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand—Doctor Meera Sool enjoyed Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company’s presentation of traditional Chinese culture at the St. James Theatre, Feb. 6.

Based in New York, Shen Yun is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company, presenting 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture though story-based dances that bring to life legends of Chinese history.

Ms. Sool said Shen Yun conveyed messages of ethical values and peace that she liked. “I think that it was a very good expedition, a discovery of culture. I like the peaceful message in there and that it’s what every person wants.”

Ms. Sool spoke about the story-based dance that exposed the persecution of Falun Dafa, an ancient spiritual discipline.

In Divine Mercy, the battle between good and evil is an enduring theme that exists in all cultures. In Tiananmen Square, a group of Falun Dafa followers gather to demonstrate in support of their belief in Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance.

“I‘m not surprised, but I’m sad that [Shen Yun] can’t be displayed in China … I’m proud that it’s displayed here,” Ms Sool said.

Ms. Sool said she had never experienced a performance such as Shen Yun before. “It was very good, not just because of what [it's] saying, but the sheer fact that you can’t even express yourself in China. The message is different, but everybody should be able to say their view.”

‘Different from your usual performances’

John Davis, a yard foreman, and his wife Ann, drove from Hastings, nearly four hours from Wellington, to see Shen Yun.

“I was very impressed with all the costume changing, the dancing and everything [else],” said Mr. Davis. The colours and the costumes were striking.

Mrs. Davis found, “The interaction between the backdrop and the actual performance … very, very clever.”

Shen Yun’s digital backdrop designs compliment and synchronize all aspects of the performance. The hi-tech animation gives the audience the impression of being transported to another world.

Mrs. Davis also found the orchestra superb. “I liked the combination between the two different sorts of instruments.”

Shen Yun’s orchestra is unique in that it is a combination of a Western style philharmonic orchestra and Chinese traditional instruments.

Reporting by NTD Television and Raiatea Tahana-Reese.

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. The Touring Company will next perform in Auckland Feb, 8 to 9 before returning to Sydney, Feb. 11 to12.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit

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