NEW YORK—Brazilian investment entrepreneur Guilherme Silva made the trek from Brazil to New York City with his wife, Gisele, to see Shen Yun Performing Arts at Lincoln Center on Saturday.
Although three equally large Shen Yun companies tour the world on a mission to revive 5,000 years of Chinese civilization, Shen Yun does not yet perform regularly in Brazil. The New York-based companies depict ancient legends and contemporary tales through Chinese classical, ethnic, and folk dance.
Mr. Silva felt a spiritual power emanate from the stage.
“I could feel the vibration, the energy was so nice,” said Mr. Silva. Buddhism, Daoism, and Confucianism have formed the Chinese culture over its long history, according to the Shen Yun website. The Chinese hold their culture to be divinely inspired.
Mr. Silva’s wife practices Falun Dafa, a spiritual meditation practice from China. One of the dances, “The Choice,” shows the persecution Falun Dafa practitioners experience under the current Chinese regime.
“We would like very much to see this in Brazil, for people to be aware for all of those things that are happening in other parts of the world,” commented Mr. Silva.
Inspiration for Kindness
Legal specialist Luz Cabrera said she found inspiration in Shen Yun to be kinder to everyone in her life after leaving the performance.
“The words of the songs really touched my soul,” said Ms. Cabrera of the songs sung by tenors and sopranos between some of the dances. Though sung in Chinese, the translated lyrics appear behind the singer on the digital backdrop, which also sets the scene as a Chinese landscape.
“I sense a really good positive message of peace and that we need to look at each other and be kind to each other. That is what I got from the songs,” said Ms. Cabrera.
Heaven Meets Earth, East Meets West
Medical doctor Evelio Chenique expressed delight at the way divine beings and scenes interact with humans and the human realm throughout Shen Yun.
“It is a combination from earth and heaven all put together in a fascinating way,” said Dr. Chenique. He commented that this concept of interaction between the divine and human realms is new to the contemporary Western mind.
“The west and the east, they have so different views of life, [of] what is divine,” said Dr. Chenique.
He said it was, “wonderful, exhilarating … it was a magnificent experience.”
Reporting by NTD and Tara MacIsaac.
Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world, with a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will perform at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center through April 22.
For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.