Documentary TV Producer Says Shen Yun Is ‘Magical’ and ‘Poetic’

January 10, 2015

NEW YORK—Mark Kaufman, a TV producer for WNET New York Public Media, was extremely wowed by Shen Yun, praising all aspects of the performance.

“I enjoyed the show very much, very artistic, the music and the visuals, incredible visuals, the multimedia aspect was wonderful,” Mr. Kaufman said. He was impressed by Shen Yun’s use of state-of-the-art graphic technology to project digital backdrops that the dancers interact with. “It was very unique how the characters changed places, from the water or the sky, going back and forth,” he said.

Mr. Kaufman, who produces artistic programs and documentaries at WNET New York Public Media, was impressed by the “artistry and the mastery of dancing, art, and music combined.”

The cultural aspects—it was just magical, beautiful, very poetic.
— Mark Kaufman

“The cultural aspects—it was just magical, beautiful, very poetic,” he said. Mr. Kaufman highly recommended the performance, saying, “You must go see this—If you want to see culture in New York, you must see this!”

New York-based Shen Yun presents musical soloists and uniquely choreographed classical Chinese dances accompanied by a unique East-West orchestra.

Shen Yun’s mission is to revive through the arts the best of China’s 5,000 years of culture. Concepts like benevolence, justice, and propriety were emphasized for millennia, yet these came under threat during recent communist rule.

Mr. Kaufman commented on the dance pieces depicting the modern-day persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China, who strive to adhere to universal principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance. “I do know about the spirituality, and I do know about the form of meditation being illegal there, and people being arrested for practicing it in public or private. It’s sad.”

He found the dance about Falun Gong very beautiful in the way it was portrayed.

Reporting by NTD Television, Pamela Tsai, and Reid Schram

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