‘Beautiful and Moving’ Shen Yun Displays Universal Human Condition

January 12, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015

Colleen Lee was left feeling 'a connection with other human beings.' after Shen Yun. (Courtesy of NTD Television)
Colleen Lee was left feeling 'a connection with other human beings.' after Shen Yun. (Courtesy of NTD Television)
NEW YORK—Touched by the sad beauty of some scenes performed by Shen Yun Performing Arts at the David H. Koch Theater at the Lincoln Center Tuesday, Colleen Lee, Registered Nurse, was left feeling “a connection with other human beings. A common thread going through all different cultures; it was really beautiful.”

The 22 pieces performed by the New York-based Shen Yun company transport the viewer back through royal courts of ancient China, to scenes of traditional daily life from the country's 5,000- year history. These noble and virtuous scenes of ancient China are juxtaposed with conditions in modern China.

A mother and son sit down to read Zhuan Falun together, the main text of the Falun Dafa spiritual practice. As it is illegal to own this book in China, a scene of domestic joy turns to brutality when police arrive. Strength to resist persecution and hope are renewed as heavenly beings come to offer their assistance.

“The mother and son and the last one, the heaven scene—probably the normal ones to cry at, the sad stories, [they are] so beautiful,” said Lee. She was happy to see that good prevailed.

“It was so beautiful and so moving, just the human condition, it's common to everyone,” said Lee.

Reporting by NTD Television and Tara MacIsaac.

Shen Yun Performing Arts will perform at the Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater until Jan. 16. For more information visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org