THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.—Insurance agent Carlene Faerber was reminded of heaven and the divine when she watched Shen Yun at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, with her husband Gordon on March 16.
“My husband and I are Christians. But believing in heaven is something we do believe in, and we believe that God’s love is universal and so accepting that my job isn’t to judge—my job is to love people,” Mrs. Faerber said.
“And I love that [Shen Yun] got their information across in such a beautiful way.”
Shen Yun means “the beauty of divine beings dancing.”
It was this beauty that attracted Mr. and Mrs. Faerber to the performance.
“You could really tell that they loved what they were doing … I really got that,” Mrs. Faerber said.
“And I realized that it was so important for them to get their culture and their history out. It was one of the things that motivated us to see it.”
New York-based Shen Yun, formed in 2006, is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance company.
Mr. Faerber, an investment advisor, said that when the Chinese started coming into the United States at the turn of the century, people called them “Celestials.”
“And I thought that was real fascinating. I read that in a book and I’m thinking that this ties right into that,” Mr. Faerber said.
Shen Yun’s mission is to revive authentic traditional Chinese culture, free from any modern day communist influences.
This authentic culture was attacked and almost destroyed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which sought to replace China’s glorious 5,000 year culture with atheism and communism, as Shen Yun’s website states.
“I know atheism and evolution is a problem,” Mr. Faerber said, adding that the CCP’s destruction of the Chinese culture has occurred for many years, with aspects of this still taking place today.
Moreover, Mrs. Faerber was a bit emotional after seeing the performance.
“Just the joy of seeing a performance that’s really well done, and there was a little humor in there too,” she said.
“And yes, we believe in angels. The winged angel that came in really was sweet. They did a good job.”
Reporting by Linda Jiang and Henry Jom.
The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. We have covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.