TORONTO, Canada—Donato Prezioso brought 16 business clients to see Shen Yun Performing Arts in Toronto. He did so last year as well.
“We want to immerse them. We want to bring together our people and unity and experience this culture and this wonderful, magnificent performance and what the message is,” said Mr. Prezioso, a business advisor, at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, on March 31, after Shen Yun’s opening night performance.
“Because we all live on the same planet. We all share in the same message, preserving our culture, our humanity, and being better people, right?”
New York-based Shen Yun is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance company and takes as its mission to revive 5,000 years of Chinese civilization.
“The people are kind. They bring a lot of wisdom—genuine spirit about teaching you about life, how life should be, and how we should be, as human beings, treating one another. The premise about the show is all about humanity. Divine spirit, right? It’s about bringing back culture. It’s about preserving culture, being better people,” Mr. Prezioso said.
Although Shen Yun is reviving ancient Chinese art forms and traditional Chinese culture, it cannot be seen in China under communist rule.
“It’s just an incredible, incredible performance. The costumes, the color—such elaborate costumes and choreography. It’s just amazing. It’s really an amazing, amazing performance,” he said. “I can’t imagine, as being an athlete growing up myself, and seeing how much work and effort that goes into each performance, you know, from the dancing, from the choreography, from the acrobatics.”
“It’s an incredible energy. It’s a high frequency music. It invigorates you,” Mr. Prezioso said. “It makes you feel alive, you know, you feel energized. It goes deeper into your spirit—the type of music that’s played.”
Mr. Prezioso said his experience at Shen Yun was one of gaining divine wisdom, which was a prime reason he returns to see the performance.
“It’s about realizing why we’re put on this planet as human beings and how important it is. Take care of the planet. Take care of one another. Being good people,” he said.
Mr. Prezioso said Shen Yun always inspires him, and he felt they brought forth an important message.
“It’s about freedom. All the persecution the people have faced in China, and having us understand and being more compassionate, right? Sharing in the wisdom and the knowledge that they’re sharing with us. Over 5,000 years of history and tradition, right? To preserve that culture. And we [as well], as an Italian-Canadian, we also want to preserve our heritage, our culture. It’s very important for the future generations,” he said.
Reporting by Allen Zhou.
The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. We have covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.