Filmmaker: Shen Yun ‘Very visual. Very rich’

By Epoch Times Staff
Epoch Times Staff
Epoch Times Staff
December 30, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015

HOUSTON—Filmmaker James Abston said the Shen Yun Performing Arts matinee gave him an understanding of Chinese history.

“It’s very visual,” Mr. Abston said of the performance at Jones Hall for Performing Arts in Houston on Dec. 30. “Very nice colors, and movement. Very rich.”

Mr. Abston brought his young daughter to see the performance.

She praised the precision and unity of the company. “I like how they dance because they do it together and not off. I like how they dance together,” she said. Mr. Abston agreed, and noted that he enjoyed the movement of the dancers, in large groups across the stage.

“This is our first time to see the show, we like it very much,” Mr. Abston said.

‘It’s preserving the traditions’

Ms. Gail Wellenkamp and Mr. Sam Nuckols attended Shen Yun
Ms. Gail Wellenkamp and Mr. Sam Nuckols attended Shen Yun Performing Arts for the first time at the Jones hall for Performing Art in Houston, at the Dec. 30 matinee. (Catherine Yang/The Epoch Times)

Also in the audience was Mr. Sam Nuckols and Ms. Gail Wellenkamp, who had heard of Shen Yun before but attended for this first time this year.

“It’s preserving the traditions of Chinese dance,” said Mr. Nuckols, who noted that after the Cultural Revolution in China art forms like these were lost. “This is an attempt to preserve the old culture.”

“It’s very, very graceful, and has a lot of story behind it,” said Ms. Wellenkamp, adding that she could relate to the themes of love and kindness. “I think it’s very lyrical.”

Reporting by NTD Television and Catherine Yang.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s International Company will be performing in Houston through January 1. For more information, visit

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