NEW YORK—Satwant K. Dhamoon, a doctor from northern India who now has an office on Central Park South, appreciated the ancient Chinese culture presented by New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater April 26.
She said it reminded her of “the beginning of culture, because Chinese culture is ancient.”
Shen Yun’s mission is to revive 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture. The performance company features the world’s best classical Chinese dancers. Ethnic and folk dance, and story-based dances, bring to the stage ancient legends as well as scenes from contemporary life.
Dr. Dhamoon praised the digital backdrops, which bring the audience to the places of China’s history, including Mongolian grasslands, ancient gardens, and more.
“I don’t know how they made that. That was very special, something I had not seen before,” she said. “They made it look so natural.”
The agility and synchronization of the dancers also impressed her. Classical Chinese dance has three components, explains Shen Yun’s website.
One component, technical skill, includes flips, turns, jumps, and leaps. Another component, bearing, “emphasizes internal spirit, breath, intent, personal aura, and deep emotional expression.” And the third component, form, includes “hundreds of exquisite movements and postures.”
These postures require “the perfect coordination of every part of the body,” explains the website.
“It was an excellent show,” concluded Dr. Dhamoon.
Tomasina Rodriguez, a retired certified public accountant (CPA) who worked as an auditor at Columbia University, could see why Chinese culture is believed to be divinely inspired.
After the performance on April 26, she said, “I’ve been blessed today.”
She described one of the messages Shen Yun held for her: “The Buddha [came] to the world so we [could] live in peace, tolerance, understanding.”
“The light prevails over the darkness,” was another message she came away with.
After watching Shen Yun, she said she felt, “The future is beautiful.”
Reporting by Ivan Pentchoukov, Joshua Philipp, and Tara MacIsaac.
Shen Yun’s New York Company will be performing at Lincoln Center through April 28.
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.