Shen Yun Inspires Designers with Cultural Revival

Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 14, 2013 Last Updated: February 14, 2013
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Diana Klaric (L) and Lidija Klaric after seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts. (Gary Du/The Epoch Times)

Diana Klaric (L) and Lidija Klaric after seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts. (Gary Du/The Epoch Times)

WATERBURY, Conn.—Graphic designers Lidija and Tony Klaric, joined by their daughter Diana, enjoyed Shen Yun Performing Arts on Feb. 13, while connecting with the performance on several different levels.

“Everything is really entertaining and beautiful,” said Mrs. Klaric. “Most of us do not know that much about Chinese culture because it’s really not that known, so it is beautiful to see some of it and to try to understand it, because it combines so many elements.”

New York-based Shen Yun combines classical Chinese dance and ethnic and folk dance with other artistic elements into a performance that revives the 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture.

“Through the universal language of music and dance,Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends and heroic modern-day epics,” states the company’s website. “Shen Yun presents themes of compassion and courage with stunning beauty and tremendous energy, leaving audiences uplifted and inspired.”

Mr. Klaric said the performance was amazing.

His daughter, a personal trainer, said she also enjoyed Shen Yun. 

“Definitely really good choreography, and balance within the colors and the music and the dancers—everything coming together perfectly—and the costumes really lend themselves to the way they dance,” she said. 

All three family members are attracted to Asian culture and art, they explained, including Chinese antiques, furniture, and art. The traditional culture displayed in Shen Yun was a wonderful experience for them. 

While Shen Yun is reviving the traditional culture, the company cannot currently travel to China, because the ruling communist regime is the entity that nearly decimated the culture. 

“Completely independent of the Chinese regime, we enjoy the artistic freedom of New York to bring these ancient legends and virtues back to life,” explains Shen Yun’s website.

Mr. Klaric said he hails from Yugoslavia, where he lived under communism, so he appreciated the cultural revival even more. 

“It’s such a rich tradition, and it’s sad that it’s dying in China,” he said. “It does make a difference to the world, for the world to see the beauty that is lacking now.” 

Reporting by Gary Du and Zachary Stieber.

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit

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