‘Enlightening:’ Prominent Attorney Finds New Side of Chinese Culture in Shen Yun

NEW YORK—Michael Hagan, partner at the prestigious Morrison & Foerster law firm, said he found the traditional Chinese culture in Shen Yun Performing Arts enlightening during Friday’s performance at Lincoln Center.

“I found it very fascinating, very enlightening—a side of Chinese culture that I was not familiar with before,” he said. “I go there several times a year on business, but I’ve never had an exposure to this side of Chinese culture before.”

Mr. Hagan has practiced law in Europe, Asia (including Hong Kong), and Latin America, and joined Morrison & Foerster in 2005. His clients have ranged across the globe.

Shen Yun travels to 100-plus cities each year presenting a revival of the divinely-inspired, 5,000 years of Chinese culture—a culture that was nearly decimated by the ruling communist regime.

“Shen Yun is based in New York where its artistic creators are able to freely express themselves and revive their ancient Chinese culture. Such artistic freedom is unfortunately not present in China under the communist regime, which has co-opted and destroyed traditional arts,” explains Shen Yun’s website.

This mission resonated with Mr. Hagan.

“China today reminds me of a country that has lost its sense of history and is looking to develop towards the future only,” he said. “This conveys a sense of history, of years of civilization that are important to hold on to.”

Madelaine Morgan, a senior credit risk officer who accompanied Mr. Hagan to the performance, said that it was beautifully done: “The choreography was exquisite. The costuming was stunning. I think anybody would—whether you know anything about China or these dances—anybody would enjoy it.”

The performance at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater was a good experience for both of them.

“I think it would be an enjoyable evening for anybody,” said Ms. Morgan.

Reporting by NTD Television and Ryan Jeffries

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.

Shen Yun Performing Arts is performing at the David H. Koch Theater 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.