ORLANDO, Fla.—Based on their mutual appreciation for traditional Chinese culture and the arts, Bill Yeargin, CEO of Correct Craft, and his daughter attended a Shen Yun performance at the Bob Carr Theater—one engagement among many during the company’s 2015 world tour.
Having traveled to China several times, Mr. Yeargin said, “The culture represented in the show is excellent.
Mr. Yeargin has authored two books, Yeargin on Management and What Would Dad Say?, and has published more than 200 leadership and management columns.
“The compassion segment—that was really nice,” Mr. Yeargin said, referring to the story-based dance titled The Power of Compassion, which depicts the ongoing persecution of the meditation discipline Falun Dafa.
In this piece, a Chinese policeman—in the midst of terrorizing people who are peacefully meditating—changes his violent ways after experiencing compassion from the very people he was victimizing.
“It was just very touching, very nice,” Mr. Yeargin said.
According to the Shen Yun website, “Principles such as benevolence and justice, propriety and wisdom, respect for the heavens, and divine retribution, all come to life, washing over the audience. Originating from Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism, these ideals are the essence of traditional Chinese culture.”
Mr. Yeargin said he learned about China’s history and culture from watching Shen Yun. One example he mentioned was the dance Capturing Arrows With Boats of Straw.
This piece was set in the time of the Han Dynasty when three great armies faced off on the banks of the Yangtze River. The story was derived from the classic historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, according to the Shen Yun program book.
“Classical Chinese dance has a long history of thousands of years, passed down continuously within the imperial palace and ancient Chinese theater and opera. Soaking up profound wisdom from every era and dynasty, it has become a complete system of dance embodying traditional aesthetic principles with its unique dance movements, rhythms, and inner meaning,” according to the company website.
Mr. Yeargin said he would tell his friends: “Come see it. It’s a great show. You’ll enjoy it. You’ll learn a lot, and it’s very entertaining,”
Reporting by Serene Lee and Adam Miller
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.
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