Shen Yun: ‘Beyond your imagination’ Says Professional Photographer

Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 23, 2013 Last Updated: February 23, 2013
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Mr. Tom Rayburn enjoyed Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Orpheum Theatre Saturday afternoon, Feb. 23. (William Huang/The Epoch Times)

Mr. Tom Rayburn enjoyed Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Orpheum Theatre Saturday afternoon, Feb. 23. (William Huang/The Epoch Times)

MINNEAPOLIS—As a professional photographer and owner of a photography studio, Mr. Tom Rayburn deeply appreciated seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company as it graced the stage of the Orpheum Theatre Saturday afternoon, Feb. 23.

Shen Yun artists travel the world on a mission to revive China’s 5,000 years of divinely inspired civilization through classical Chinese dance and music.

Mr. Rayburn exclaimed, “Oh, I love it! It’s—I love it! Absolutely amazing! These people are very talented and the culture, I love the Chinese culture. They are portraying it very well. Yes, very well.”

New York-based Shen Yun presents traditional Chinese culture through storytelling of legends and myths and current events. Shen Yun includes ethnic and folk dances that represent some of the more than 50 different peoples of China.

He expressed his amazement and said, “Very colorful, very alive. It really pulls you in. It stimulates all of your senses.”

Mr. Rayburn said he was moved by the opening performance, Descending to the World, which celebrates the beginning of China’s classical culture. “The opening, when it opened up. The girls dancing in the colorful dresses, just the color scheme and what they were doing, how they were performing. I really, you didn’t know what to expect, but then you saw that and it was beyond your imagination.”

He said as soon as he saw Shen Yun advertised, he knew he had to see it. “I actually saw a billboard. I have read books on Chinese culture and I thought I could relate to the show.”

He added that seeing Shen Yun “in living color” deepened his appreciation of traditional Chinese culture. “This portrays it in living color. You know, you can only get so much from a book, your imagination.”

Mr. Rayburn said he would definitely recommend Shen Yun to his friends. “I would say, that the Chinese culture is a very revered tradition and if you’ve never seen it portrayed, you should look into [Shen Yun]. You won’t be disappointed.”

Reporting by William Huang and Jeanmarie Lunsford.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit

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