WASHINGTON—Venerated human rights advocate, Annette Lantos, was ecstatic after seeing Shen Yun at the Kennedy Center in DC on Tuesday, for her 5th time.
“[I] never miss it—I don’t think I’ve ever missed a single show,” she said. “I think this is one of the best that I have seen. It was outstanding. Every act was just so perfect.”
Ms. Lantos is chairman of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice and wife of the late congressman Tom Lantos. Mr. Lantos was the only holocaust survivor to serve in Congress, according to the Lantos Foundation website. Ms. Lantos was in attendance with her daughter and great granddaughter, who were equally excited about the show.
Shen Yun, based in New York, travels around the world with one mission—to revive the 5,000 years of ancient Chinese culture.
According to the Shen Yun website: “Through the universal language of music and dance, Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends and heroic modern-day epics. Shen Yun presents themes of compassion and courage with stunning beauty and tremendous energy, leaving audiences uplifted and inspired.”
The performance takes the audience from the dawn of the civilization to present day China. Several dances depict the current persecution of the popular mediation practice Falun Gong under the ruling communist regime.
The practice, which is guided by the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance, “has helped over a hundred million Chinese people understand and return to the essence of traditional Chinese culture—Confucian, Buddhist, and Taoist schools of thought,” according to Shen Yun’s website.
Yet the communist regime began persecuting the practice in 1999 and hasn’t stopped.
The dances depicting the situation connected with Ms. Lantos.
“I think it’s a wonderful way of showing something of the essence of what Falun Gong is, and the beauty and the meaning that every one of these acts have, I think really communicates itself to the audience,” she said
The artists of Shen Yun convey the culture very well, said Ms. Lantos.
“I definitely feel that it’s a wonderful bridge to the Chinese culture,” she said. “It’s a wonderful way of deeper understanding.”
Reporting by Gary Feuerberg and Chris Holehouse.
Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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