LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Wayne and Elizabeth Maeser enjoyed the spiritual messages in the performance by Shen Yun Performing Arts very much. The couple saw this world premier classical music and dance company at the Kentucky Center’s Whitney Hall, on March 23.
The Maesers understood that the deepest purpose of Shen Yun is to revive the divinely inspired Chinese culture.
“Through the universal language of music and dance, Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales, taking you on a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture,” according to the company’s website.
Mr. Maeser who helps maintain machines at Indratech of Kentucky, noted the Lord Fa, or Lord of the Law, as an aspect that touched him the most. “The great way of living that everyone, every culture has—someone to look to,” he said.
Dr. Elizabeth Maeser, a pediatrician at Kosair Children’ Hospital, chimed in with “the Creator.”
“The Creator, yes. … that gives them worth, something to live for,” Mr. Maeser continued.
“And working our way towards the heavens again,” Dr. Maeser chimed in again.
“I loved it. It was great,” she said of the whole performance. “It was educational and fun.”
“And it’s nice how the dance is so colorful, yet so quiet and peaceful,” she continued. “It’s an interesting combination, the moves that they make, the way they walk very quietly. Very peaceful and very beautiful at the same time.”
As to the oppression of people of faith, depicted in a few of the 20 or so songs and dances, Mr. Maeser had heard of it before. “I don’t believe that people should be persecuted for their belief; I believe that people should be able to believe the way they see fit to believe so long as it doesn’t harm anyone else. I believe, if it is a good honest belief that they should be allowed to believe that way. I think it is good for the soul and the spirit,” he said.
“I believe in freedom of religion and I wish China had it, yes, yes,” Dr. Maeser agreed.
Mr. Maeser would recommend the performance to his friends, saying, “It is very much worth it. It is very enjoyable and they would be very happy after seeing this show.”
Reporting by Ying Wan and Sharon Kilarski
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.