COSTA MESA, Calif.—Author Eden Rein did her research before attending Shen Yun Performing Arts for the first time, reading testimonials and reviews to gauge what to expect from the production.
“[The performance] lived up to everything that I heard about,” Rein said. “I am so glad that I came.”
“I love it. I loved the colors, the movement, the energy, the story,” she said.
The author watched the performance at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California, on April 27.
New York-based Shen Yun is the leading classical Chinese dance company, founded with a vision to transmit authentic Chinese culture through the performing arts. Through a two-hour-long program, the company aims to take the audience on a journey through China’s sprawling history via dance vignettes, musical soloists, and stories told through dance.
Rein is an artist, author, meditation teacher, and founder of a men’s healing group in Orange County, California. Her book, “A Hero Within: A Journey Into the Light,” recounts her own experiences overcoming adversity to find inner peace and love.
The author struggled to single out one piece of the performance that she liked the most, as she liked every item in the program. However, the message in the closing piece titled “The Final Moment” struck a chord.
“It ended very ethically … and the hope and the message at the end is very uplifting,” Rein said.
“[It’s] really what’s needed in this world today.”
The message spoke to the power of belief in divine, and it’s relevance in modern society.
Rein likened the piece to the divine “sprinkling and blessing on the earth, it’s brighter and happier, there is peace and love.”
“I would say it’s divine, it’s spectacular, phenomenal, indescribable,” she added.
The lyrics of the song performed by the tenor also resonated with the Rein, revealing a message that inspired the author in her craft.
“His message [was] about how we are all divine beings inside; we have to look inside our heart, I feel, instead of thinking with our mind,” she said.
“Yes, we can create from our minds, but it doesn’t always lead to what’s good for the planet and for humans.”
“So we need to tap into our heart and look inside to give and create what’s best for all of us.”
Through the songs and stories presented on stage, Shen Yun shares China’s deeply-rooted belief system with modern audiences. For thousands of years, Chinese people have believed in the divine, as expressed through the teachings of Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. The values and ideas stemming from such beliefs underpinned Chinese people’s conduct and thinking from generation to generation, up until it was systematically denounced and eliminated by the Chinese communist regime in its various campaigns in the 20th century.
Deeply touched by the hopeful theme of the performance, Rein was eager to recommend Shen Yun to anyone.
“They have to see it! They just have to see it,” she said.
“I don’t care what background, where they’re from, what state, everyone needs to see and feel this message.”
With reporting by Linda Jiang.
The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time and has covered audience reactions since the company’s inception in 2006.