HOUSTON—Dr. Rachel Towns, a doctor, former dancer, and second generation Holocaust survivor, saw peace and justice exuding from Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Jones Hall for the Performing Arts in Houston on Dec. 23.
“We all need a bit of all that,” Ms. Towns said of the themes she saw in the performance. “It’s beautiful.”
Ms. Towns, who attended the performance with her daughter, once dabbled in many dance genres through her years of schooling, but this evening was her first encounter with classical Chinese dance.
“There is a spiritual component, which is interesting and unique to bring into the performance,” she said.
The New York-based Shen Yun performs mainly classical Chinese dance, an art form that has helped preserve 5,000 years of divine culture.
“Over thousands of years, it was constantly refined, eventually developing into the vast and distinctly Chinese dance form we know today,” reads the website. The expressive movements by the dances allow the personalities and feelings of the characters that Shen Yun’s dancers embody to be portrayed unlike any other form.
“They value peace, community … justice,” Ms. Towns said. “There is beauty here, and the arts.”
Ms. Towns, who produces her own TV program and organizes for freedom of belief in her city, added that she could see traditional values impacting society.
“That would absolutely impact our world—just simple values like peace and justice.”
Reporting by Lily Setoh and Catherine Yang
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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