Global Banker Sees Courage in Shen Yun Artists

April 16, 2011 Updated: April 16, 2011

CHICAGO—Banker Antonio Villalon saw Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Civic Opera House in Chicago, and found it magnificent, he said.

Mr. Villalon saw bravery in the artists at the April 15 show.

The Shen Yun website explains; After more than 60 years of communist rule in China, and especially after the Cultural Revolution, Chinese traditional culture has been all but completely demolished.

And so the company formed in 2006 with the explicit mission of reviving China's true heritage that was divinely-bestowed some 5,000 years ago through classical Chinese dance and music.

He said he found it “very courageous about the entire company to transmit this message to the rest of the world. All these movements … all of these trends with Chinese people that you cannot express in China, but nonetheless there’s a group of people with a Chinese connection, heritage outside of China, transmitting to the rest of the world this message.“

The international executive said he found the idea of such courage to be wonderful.

Shen Yun New York Company is largely composed of ethnic Chinese who grew up in the West, as well as of top Chinese musicians, dancers and choreographers who emigrated to the West. According to their program, they “believe this rich heritage is a precious gift worth keeping, and worth sharing with all of you.”

Mr. Villalon said he was especially charmed by the dance Plum Blossom. He said, “the dance with the cherry blossoms was just wonderful. I just thought the beauty, the dancing—that was magnificent.”

Each component of the New York based company was excellent, according to Mr. Villalon. He said “It’s wonderful. It’s a wonderful show. I think that everything, the staging, the music, the dancing, the singing, and the combination of everything,” was enjoyable. He also said it told a new, fresh story which people did not know.

To him, the overall symbol of the performance would be heaven.

“Whether you can interpret that as hope, as a longing for a better future or as something beyond … I would choose heaven if I had to choose a word.”

Reporting by Mike Chen and Mary Silver.

Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will perform at Chicago's Civic Opera House through April 24. For more information, visit

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