BOSTON—When Ed Chyten took his wife, Roz, out for a live afternoon show this weekend, it was Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Citi Wang Theatre, Mar. 1.
Mr. Chyten is a lawyer and his wife is a retired business owner. They found out about Shen Yun from their Chinese daughter-in-law.
Shen Yun was established eight years ago in New York by artists from around the world. The goal of Shen Yun is to revive 5,000 years of traditional Chinese civilization through the performing arts.
Mr. Chyten said the costumes in particular were “just spectacular.”
“They’re beautiful, colorful, happy, just wonderful—everything about it.”
The show resonated strongly with the Chytens on a fundamental level, and with their daughter-in-law who joined them.
“I thought it was magnificent—I’m positively spellbound,” said Mrs. Chyten after Saturday’s matinee show. “I’ll never forget it.” She added that she’d recommend Shen Yun “to anybody,” and that every “moment was just perfect.”
Mr. Chyten agreed.
“It was spectacular, beautiful, and unforgettable,” he said. “It was all wonderful.”
Also at the Saturday afternoon show (independently of the Chytens) was Chris Cetie, a physician. Cetie, who saw the show with his daughter and wife, said he found it wonderful.
He was particularly inspired by Shen Yun’s depiction of the persecution of the spiritual practice Falun Gong. The practice, based on the principles of truth, compassion, and tolerance is a mind-body discipline derived from traditional Chinese culture. It’s been persecuted in China since 1999.
“I think the Falun Gong story was very, very powerful, and very important,” said Cetie. “I think it’s very important for people to realize how lucky we are that we’re free in this country and we can express our opinions.”
Cetie said the artistry and style of the Chinese dance employed in Shen Yun was impressive as well.
“It’s beautiful, it’s beautiful—it’s very energetic, very athletic, very powerful.”
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.