HOUSTON—Shen Yun Performing Arts’ Saturday matinee, Dec. 29, ended with cheers, enthusiastic applause, and a standing ovation at the Jones Hall for Performing Art in Houston.
“Outstanding, outstanding. It was great,” said Minister Thomas Jones, who attended the performance with his family.
“We loved it, we really enjoyed it. All the color, and the precision of the dance, it was really lovely,” said Mrs. Delila Stitz. “The choreography, the synchronicity, everything was just perfect. The free-flowing fabrics, everything was visually stunning.”
“I felt exhilarated,” Mrs. Stitz said.
New York-based Shen Yun’s mission is to revive the “divinely inspired” 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture
“I could tell it was spiritual. Some aspects of it had a lot of allusions to heaven and I thought that quite a bit,” said Mr. Jones.
Shen Yun presents a world where heaven and earth are one, with the help of a digital backdrop displaying scenes of celestial settings, ancient palaces, and China’s landscape in each and every dance.
“I was just in awe, wanted to see what would happen next,” Mr. Jones said.
“They were entertaining and educational too. There was long period of history that was covered so that was interesting,” Mrs. Stitz said of the stories. “It was completely new and novel.”
“I didn’t know much about Falun Dafa, so it was interesting to hear, sad to hear these things couldn’t be celebrated in the country, so that was sad to hear,” Mrs. Stitz said of the finale, which told of the intolerance of traditional Chinese values, and persecution of the spiritual practice Falun Dafa in China today. “But it was nice that [Shen Yun is] able to bring this presentation to the rest of the world.”
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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