Divinely Inspired Culture Sparks Meaning for Artist

March 6, 2016

NEW YORK—Artists seek inspiration from the beautiful. On Friday evening at the Shen Yun Performing Arts performance in Lincoln Center’s David Koch Theater, jeweler Melody Burns was dazzled by the beauty of Shen Yun’s magic.

“The colors were magnificent, the precision of the work was absolutely wonderful,” she said.

Ms. Burns’ designs—sold under her jewelry shop, Kiini Ibura—have appeared in the New York Times and Elle magazine, and have been worn by celebrities like the late Ruby Dee, Jill Scott, and Angie Stone.

At the performance on Friday, she found inspiration for her work. “Everything looks like flowers to me. Even the water scene reminds me of lilies in the water,” she said, referring to the dance “Fairies of the Sea.”  “I am going to go home and sketch out something for jewelry now.”

Ms. Burns felt the entire performance had just touched her heart.

Part of this was because of the spirituality of the 5,000-year-old culture, which is said to be divinely inspired. Ms. Burns said she felt a connection to the spiritual messages in Shen Yun’s vocal performances and dances. It made her think about themes like the meaning of life, “what you are here for—you are looking for the correct way of living,” she said.

Reporting by Sherry Dong and Annie Wu

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.

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.