CEO of Biotech Company Says Music of Shen Yun a ‘Blend of Two Cultures’

March 2, 2014 9:55 pm Last Updated: March 2, 2014 9:57 pm

BOSTON—Paul Ashton, the CEO of a biotech company, went to see Shen Yun at Citi Wang Theatre on Sunday afternoon.

“It was very in sync,” he commented on the dance performance.

New York-based Shen Yun revives China’s rich 5,000-year-old culture, displaying ancient legends, ethnic dances, and classical Chinese dance, as well as scenes from contemporary life in China. The performances are accompanied by a traditional Western orchestra that includes Chinese instruments.

Mr. Ashton said the music presented an “interesting blend of the two cultures.” For example, the performance featured the two-stringed Chinese violin, the “erhu.”

Mr. Ashton also said he liked the dances very much. 

Classical Chinese dance combines graceful moves with more dramatic leaps and tumbling techniques. “It is able to transcend ethnic, cultural, and even linguistic barriers, taking this well-established Chinese culture and presenting its essence to the world,” according to the Shen Yun website.

Shen Yun ‘Heavenly’ 
Another patron, Mr. Steven Beaulieu, said Shen Yun is nothing short of divine.

“It’s heavenly. It’s just totally amazing. It’s lifting, it’s lightening. Everything’s done so perfectly, everything seems to be in this perfection. I’m in awe. This is my fourth show. I want them in my living room every day,” he said. 

According to Shen Yun’s website, each performance presents “the deeper spiritual core of the ancient culture, with its values of benevolence, honor, propriety, wisdom, and sincerity, as well as a reverence for the gods and the heavens.”

Mr. Beaulieu understood this in a way that humans can improve their state of being. “We as human beings have always got room for improvement, always have room for refining ourselves, with these examples, these beautiful examples which are so high level, how can you beat that? It does give you an inner sense that you really want to cultivate yourself to a higher level, he said.”

Reporting by Huiwen Ji, NTD Television, and Valentin Schmid.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit Shen Yun Performing Arts.

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.