‘It resonated in my soul’

“I think the theme [of Shen Yun] is cultural transcendence. It’s about the evolution of humanity and us moving beyond our limitations and really beyond materialism, and beyond the pursuit of status and wealth.”

 

“It’s really about spiritual enlightenment, and also detachment. It’s about moving into the future in a collective way, where we’re all aligned with our higher purpose and our higher calling. That’s what spoke to me. It’s about really manifesting the divine within, together.”

 

“There was a song by the tenor that really touched me in a very spiritual way. It was talking about not just focusing on material things, but focusing on joy and on enlightening, higher, more divine callings in life. It impacted me. It resonated in my soul.”

 

“Every time we’re touched with history, it reminds us of what we can be grateful for, how far we’ve come, and what we’ve learned through our challenges, our pain, and also through our growth. Life tests you. This performance just shines forward hope—hope for a brighter future and hope for the collective doing good, and so much beauty in life as well.”

 

“The experience [of Shen Yun] was like no other experience—so much culture, so multi-dimensional, so much passion and so much technique, so much discipline and truly a one-of-a-kind experience. … It captured, really, the momentum of the culture and the people. And the timelessness—the divine human beings throughout time.” 

 

“[The erhu] is unique to the Chinese culture, it’s an instrument that you won’t hear anywhere else. It’s really pleasant to the ears as well as just poetic. It’s poetic and it’s emotional and it’s real. It takes you away from your life for a moment and brings you right into that experience, and it brings you right into the moment.”

 

“It’s a show you cannot miss because it’s a one-of-a-kind experience, truly. It touches your heart and your mind and your soul, and it’s so culturally relevant even today. It’s history, but it’s timeless and iconic and I would absolutely recommend it.”

Rebecca Spour, editor and writer, Toronto Waterfront Magazine
Four Seasons Centre, Toronto, Canada
Shen Yun World Company
March 1, 2017