Director General: Shen Yun ‘Can touch people from heart to heart’

April 16, 2011 Updated: April 16, 2011

CHICAGO—Once again Shen Yun Performing Arts is performing at Chicago’s beautiful Civic Opera House. The Shen Yun’s New York Company will end their Midwest tour with ten shows in Chicago, performing through April 24.

One of the show’s attendees was Director General Perry Pei-hwang Shen of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago.

“It is so beautiful and so inspiring, I think most of the audience will have the same feeling. This is the first time seeing the Shen Yun Performing Arts for my American friends and they were so touched!”

“Shen Yun shows the beauty and harmony of the Chinese culture as well as the Chinese classical dance and music," he explained.

He also explained that Shen Yun is based in New York City and cannot perform in China.

"After more than 60 years of Communist rule in China, and especially after the Cultural Revolution, Chinese traditional culture has been all but completely demolished," Shen Yun's website explains.

The theme is to show traditional Chinese culture’s dance and the music, he said.

"In order for Shen Yun to perform it has to be done in the free climate of the USA,” the Director General said, sharing his opinion.

When asked about what he would tell his American friends about the show he responded:

“They don't know that the Chinese dance and music can be so beautiful. Fine Arts can transcend the National [boundaries] and can touch people from heart to heart."

"I wish all the people who are music and art lovers in the Chicago area would please come with their families to watch the Shen Yun show. They won't be disappointed; it's a world class Chinese art performance!”

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago is the Midwest’s regional branch of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the U.S. located in Washington D.C. which serves Taiwan citizens living in Midwestern U.S. Mr. Shen has been the Director General since 2009.

Reporting by Valerie Avore and Paul Darin.

Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will perform at Chicago's Civic Opera House through to April 24. For more information, visit