Shen Yun, ‘It’s a Gift to Us’

Epoch Times Staff Created: February 3, 2013 Last Updated: February 4, 2013
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Curtain call for Shen Yun Performing Arts. (Epoch Times)

Curtain call for Shen Yun Performing Arts. (Epoch Times)

WASHINGTON—Kim Canada works in marketing and sales and was so enthralled after attending Shen Yun Performing Arts on Jan. 31 at the Kennedy Center Opera House that she said she would market Shen Yun “for sure.”

“I love it,” she said. “It’s a feast for your eyes. It’s very colorful. It’s very soulful. It’s riveting, and it’s engaging,” Ms. Canada said. “It’s a great learning experience as well.”

Based in New York, Shen Yun brings to live 5,000 years of “divinely inspired” culture through classical Chinese dance and music. It’s mission is to revive the traditional Chinese culture.

Currently Shen Yun cannot perform in China because of the communist regime, which has sought to destroy the true Chinese culture.

Ms. Canada was sad that the Chinese people cannot see and enjoy Shen Yun in their own country. She felt very fortunate to see Shen Yun in America. “It’s a gift to us, so we really appreciate it,” she said.

It’s a feast for your eyes. It’s very colorful. It’s very soulful. It’s riveting, and it’s engaging.

—Kim Canada

“The colors were just awesome,” Ms. Canada said. “I couldn’t get over how pretty everything was and how pristine every movement was,” she said.

She thought it was animated, lively, and told beautiful stories.

Ms. Canada learned a lot about the Han Dynasty from the Han Imperial Air, where against the backdrop of an imperial court, men of the Han dynasty parade in dignified splendor, according to the program book.

According to the company’s website, “Shen Yun’s mini-drama pieces draw upon stories and legends that span China’s history from the Yellow Emperor and through the Tang and Song dynasties and all the way to the modern day.”

That was really interesting,” Mrs. Canada said. “I could really feel a love of the culture through the dance and it really touched me. I was very surprised that I would just love it so much. I was enthralled,” she said.

Reporting by NTD Television and Kelly Ni.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun New York Company is performing in Washington D.C. at the Kennedy Center Opera House from Jan 30 -- Feb 3 For more information, visit

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