“I am enamored of Chinese culture. I always have been since I was young,” he said after the performance.
Classical Chinese dance, a complex dance form that enables a wide range of expressions, is at the heart of a Shen Yun performance, along with ethnic and folk dance, and story-based dance.
Apart from the synchronous movements and martial arts elements, Mr. Flint particularly appreciated how Shen Yun’s conveyed that traditional art is oppressed in China today under communist rule.
Having lived in China for six months, Mr. Flint said this isn’t a part of what he saw on the surface—it’s something you have to hear about it.
“I heard about people being beaten and killed for their political views, their statements, for just speaking out, and saying, ‘hey that is wrong,’ and they are silenced. I think that is sad and I have hope for China and I hope the shows brings that awareness.”
“To learn about that this is affecting people and they are being silenced for their views and opinions was sad to me,” he said.
Mr. Flinkt said his wishes for the people in China are that “they will break through and find their freedom and find their voice.”
Reporting by Tian Cheng and Valentin Schmid
Shen Yun Performing Arts is performing at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center through April 28.
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