CANBERRA, Australia—Mrs. Li, from southern China, recently came to Australia to visit relatives for a month. She had long heard of Shen Yun Performing Arts’ excellent reputation, so on the evening of Feb. 16, she traveled from Melbourne to Australia’s capital, a seven-hour car trip, to the second show at Canberra Theatre.
The New York-based company’s mission is to revive 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture through dance and music, much of which has been destroyed during the past several decades due to communist rule.
At the end of the performance, Mrs. Li agreed to be interviewed with tears in her eyes. Unable to conceal her excitement, she said: “As soon as the curtains rose, I saw the deities coming to earth, and the Buddha declaring he had come to save us; my tears just flowed down.”
Mrs. Li works in office management, and said she had never seen such a performance in China. “Combining China’s historical stories and myths into one stage, and the performance, costumes, and techniques of the dance performers are all world-class,” she said.
“Shen Yun made her feel very proud. Sitting around me and in front of me were all Westerners. I sat in the fourth row; therefore, I could very clearly see the Shen Yun Orchestra. I looked very carefully and saw the orchestra even had a few Westerners! The technique of the orchestra was very high!”
Mrs. Li continued, “I realized the whole world loves traditional Chinese culture from the heart. They love Shen Yun Performing Arts’ performance, just like me!”
She especially liked the humor of the male and female emcees, and repeatedly said, “This is the authentic artistic performance of the Chinese culture; it is extraordinary!”
In Chinese society, people have become increasingly selfish, only caring about themselves. Mrs. Li said she finds herself powerless to change this, and once turned to Buddhism and Christianity in search for answers. After seeing Shen Yun, she expressed her wish to learn more about the meditation practice of Falun Dafa, which is based on the principles of truth, compassion, and tolerance.
Mrs. Li said that currently there are a lot of negative messages in the world, and it seems like the world is becoming increasingly chaotic. However, that night she had seen light and hope, and hopes for peace in the world now and for all races to get along. “In addition, if one is a compassionate and good person, then one will not go to hell,” said she.
Lastly, Mrs. Li said, “I hope to see the Shen Yun Performing Arts’ show once more, and I also hope Shen Yun will perform in mainland China.”
Read the original Chinese article.
Reporting by Fei Shanshan and Irene Luo.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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