SAN FRANCISCO—As everyone settles into 2022, many are more appreciating being able to go out and experience the arts in person. The sense of enjoying Shen Yun Performing Arts with others left a deep impression on Denyse and Alyce Jones.
Denyse is the owner of a company that designs sustainable buildings in San Francisco. She and Alyce have been wanting to attend New York-based Shen Yun for years and they were pleased to be able to finally make it happen.
“We were so excited to come, finally, and being able to see all of the dancers, all the choreography, all of the music, the orchestra,” Denyse said. “It’s life-changing because visually, everyone’s coming together on stage to show you that the history and the idea of the arts and respecting the arts clearly has made all of the country a better place, and the arts make the entire world a better place.”
She found Shen Yun to be exactly what she was hoping for.
“The fact that it’s so uplifting, full of joy and full of inspiration, is how it should be. That’s what we need during these times right now,” she said.
Shen Yun draws inspiration from the heavens in its dance and music. Every year, its performers tour the country to present China as it was prior to communism with all new choreography and music.
Denyse also reflected on the positive messages that the performance gave her.
“We’re caught up in a lot of the MTV generation, lots of pain, and lots of sadness,” she said. “So, when you can come to a place where everyone understands that you’ve got to find it from within, and from the heavens as well … to be better when everyone is joyous, and everyone shares and everyone tries to uplift everybody else, the world is a better place.”
“That’s what I think Shen Yun does because it lets us remember to always go to those parts of the world, those parts of our lives and the arts.”
She added that with positive arts, the receiver is also touched with positivity.
“We should be influenced by what is going to make us better people,” she said. “The word is positive revolutionary, arts are revolutionary, dance is revolutionary. And that’s what it brings out of you. It brings smiles and laughter and companionship and ways to show that we know if we’re connected in a positive way, then the world can be a better place.”
Alyce Jones is 91 years old and said she was very pleased to share in the Shen Yun experience. The pair said they would be coming back year after year to see the show.
“I think we’ll continue to come every year now and I’m sure it’s different every year too. It’s a great production,” she said.
Shen Yun’s wish is to revive China’s 5,000 years of divinely-inspired civilization. The stories and dances in Shen Yun are all inspired by the heavens, the dynasties of Chinese history, classic Chinese literature, and the diversity of different ethnic groups across China.
“It’s the fact that they gave us a sense of what China was really like and we had no idea. And even with pictures and dance, you can pick up so much from history. No words have to be told,” Alyce said.
Reporting by NTD Television 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.