Emmy-Award Winning Actress Jean Smart Says Shen Yun Is Spectacular

March 23, 2014

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.—Three-time Emmy Award winning actress Jean Smart of Designing Women attended Shen Yun Performing Arts with her daughter for a second year in a row, and like last year, she said they enjoyed the performance greatly.

“We went last year in Los Angeles and she enjoyed it so very much,” Ms. Smart said about her five-year-old daughter. “We adopted her from China in 2009.”

“I very much wanted her to see it, and I so enjoyed it myself, so beautiful and spectacular.”

Based in New York, Shen Yun features classical Chinese dance and music, and has a mission to revive China’s divinely inspired culture. 

Ms. Smart said she enjoyed seeing China’s history and culture through the performance, and praised the dancers for their skills. 

“The discipline, the history, it’s just kind of overwhelming,” Ms. Smart said.

“And it was really important for [my daughter] to see this, and for me to see it with her.”

Ms. Smart explained that even though her daughter was sleepy and had to go to school the next day, she insisted that she wanted to stay to see the whole performance. 

“[At] the intermission I said we can go home now, she said ‘no no no, I want to see the whole thing.’… She wanted to see every bit of it, every bit of it. It was beautiful.”

Speaking from her background as an actress, Ms. Smart admired the discipline Shen Yun performers have and their ability to stage so many shows in different parts of the world.

“It’s kind of mind boggling. I was in Seattle, Washington, visiting my mother about three weeks ago, when I saw posters, billboards up there advertising the show,” she said.

“It’s kind of incredible.”

With reporting by NTD Television

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.

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.