Deeply Moved by the Spirituality, ‘Just wonderful!’

April 26, 2012 Updated: August 14, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio—Audrey McClain, Human Resource Analyst was among the enthusiastic opening night audience at the Ohio Theatre welcoming the return of Shen Yun to Columbus, Thurs. April 26. “I love the color, I love the dance. Everyone’s well coordinated. And it’s just beautiful, the scenic views. I love the animation – it just really makes it come to life. So it’s very, very good!”

With her was Phyllis Diggs, Medicare Project Administrator, who agreed, and added “It’s a great show, great show. It is colorful. It has meaning. It’s just great!”

The people of China have long held that their magnificent culture was a gift from the heavens, and art was primarily a means to explore the connection between mankind and the higher universe. Ms. Diggs was moved by the spiritual aspects of the performances. Referring to the song, Are the Vows Forgotten?, she said, “Especially the part when the baritone sung the song, saying that the world is pushing toward disaster. It was just so meaningful because that’s exactly what’s going on right now. And so I’m really impressed with the show, I really am.”

Ms. McClain felt the performances were educational and significant, and said, “I don’t know too much about Chinese culture but I think [Shen Yun] gives you information on what’s going on in China and how people are oppressed for what they believe in. [The oppression] is prevalent there. We don’t suffer here for what we believe in here.”

The performances that touch upon the persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners in China deeply resonated with Ms. McClain. She said, “You suffer for what you believe is right. I can relate to how they are being persecuted there. In the dance I think you could see that they have a passion for what they are doing and they have a belief in what they are doing. So you see that, it comes out with their dance, and the whole presentation is just wonderful, just wonderful!”

Ms. McClain elaborated on how Shen Yun profoundly moved her, “I can relate to the things they’re saying about the Divine, how He leads us, and how that we walk in the path that He leads us in. And so you picked that up, you just picked that up, and it’s just great!”

In the opening performance, An Era Begins, as China’s glorious culture is flourishing a demon horde suddenly descends to earth, assuming human form. Ms. Clain said, “When we saw the first scene with the animation of them coming with the horses, it’s just like, ‘Oh my God, that’s exactly what’s going to happen!’ That first piece – It is really speaking to us, it really is.”

Reporting by Kevin Peng and Jeanmarie Lunsford.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun will have one more performance in Columbus, Ohio on April 27. For more information, visit