Shen Yun ‘Just phenomenal, it’s just awakening’

Epoch Times Staff
Created: December 29, 2012 Last Updated: December 29, 2012
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HOUSTON—Roy and Nancy Brewer made nearly a seven hour trip from Howard County to see Shen Yun Performing Arts in Houston on Dec. 28, at the Jones Hall for Performing Arts.

“I think it’s worth every bit of the effort that we put up for it,” Mrs. Brewer said.

“I’m impressed with the way they carry themselves,” said Mr. Brewer, who used to own a company that sold telephones across the country. “The movement, the motion, it’s constant and smooth.”

“I think it’s serenity,” said Mrs. Brewer. “To me the Chinese people are so serene. It’s like a calmness that really attracts me.”

The New York-based company’s mission is to revive traditional Chinese culture through traditional art forms like classical Chinese dance. Chinese culture is one that values propriety and wisdom, benevolence and justice, respect for the heavens, and the divinely inspired art forms reflect those values.

“It’s just phenomenal. It’s just awakening,” said Ms. Diana Willis, who was also in the audience. “We see the spirit that’s been alive for so many centuries.”

Through colorful costumes drawn from the traditional clothing throughout the dynasties and an animated digital backdrop, Shen Yun merges heaven and earth, transporting the audience through time. In one dance, Han Imperial Air, the male dancers portray men of the Han Dynasty in the imperial court, and in the next, the audience is taken to the land of Dali by the Chong Sheng Temple and greeted with the Bai ethnic dance.

Only with dance and with music can you express and communicate to the rest of us what has been around for so many thousands of years.

—Diana Willis

“It’s just incomprehensible how long they’ve been here. You don’t read something like this in books,” said Ms. Willis. “Only with dance and with music can you express and communicate to the rest of us what has been around for so many thousands of years.”

“It’s beautiful. It won’t be the last time we come see this, that’s for sure,” Ms. Willis said.

Reporting by NTD Television and Yang Chen.

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

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