MODESTO, Calif.—Diane Wagner was the host of the talk show, “Inside Out with Diane Wagner.” She was also a dancer with the Oakland Ballet. After seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts’ first of two performances in Modesto, she shared her appreciation for the performing arts company.
“The Chinese dancing is beautiful. Costuming is vibrant and colorful. It’s perfection. And I’m a former ballerina with Oakland Ballet, so I danced professionally for 11 years and trained for 27 years, so I know good art when I see it, and this is beautiful,” said Ms. Wagner.
Shen Yun is based in New York and it uses classical Chinese dance to tell stories from China before communism as well as modern-day China.
“I particularly appreciate knowing what communism does to people of faith, how you’re just about love and kindness and truth and beauty for all of humanity and how they kill you over that and harvest your organs,” said Ms. Wagner.
The story that Ms. Wagner is referring to is the dance that portrays the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China. Falun Gong teaches people to follow the principles of truth, compassion, and forbearance but as its popularity grew, the Chinese Communist Party felt uneasy and decided to crackdown on the peaceful practice.
“To hear that it’s still going on today is extremely disturbing and I think it’s important for the world to know so it doesn’t happen in their neighborhood or their country,” commented Ms. Wagner.
Shen Yun sometimes depicts serious matters but it is always done with beauty and hope. The divine will not let the good suffer for naught.
“I appreciate the beauty of the divine protecting us. That beautiful golden light we saw in one of the scenes that came down to protect the people and show beauty and life,” she said.
Chinese history and literature is filled with stories that remind people of morality and the basic principles that people should live by. Shen Yun uses these stories as inspiration and creates a new production every year.
“I really feel this depicts the spirituality that we see in heaven in the universe, right? And there is something going out there. I do feel we are in a period of good versus evil. It’s a spiritual war, and we know good always wins. And so I just encourage everybody to be on this side of beauty, love, trust, kindness, and love of all of mankind,” expressed Ms. Wagner.
This is Ms. Wagner’s third time seeing Shen Yun and she shared that everyone should come out and experience it.
“I’m getting a lot of very profound messages out of the show. This is the third time I’ve seen it and I highly recommend everyone, everyone around the world to see it,” Ms. Wagner said.
Reporting by Linda Jiang and Maria Han.
The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. We have covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.