Magazine Owner on Shen Yun: ‘A Gift for the Soul’

By Epoch Times Staff
Epoch Times Staff
Epoch Times Staff
December 16, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
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Kamala (L) and Patricia Bonifazi attended Shen Yun Performing Arts in Buenos Aires. (Elina Villafane/The Epoch Times)

BUENOS AIRES—Kamala Bonifazi, who owns and operates an international magazine “Solo Lideres,” described the performance by Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company as “such an elegant performance.” She saw its second show in Argentina’s capital on Saturday night.

It had been a long time since she’d seen such a performance “as rhythmic and with so much care [taken] from every point of view,” Bonifazi said. “It has so much care” taken.

Shen Yun aims to revive the millenia-old traditions of China through the performing arts, namely through classical Chinese dance and music. Shen Yun’s dancers are well-versed in classical Chinese dance, which conveys the divinely-inspired Chinese culture, according to the company’s website.

“I haven’t seen one mistake and I also liked the legends [the dance pieces] represented,” she said, referring to the numerous short stories that are told through dance and are drawn from Chinese culture.

Bonifazi described the dance as “very elegant” and noted each dancer’s agility, which she termed as surprising.

Shen Yun, she said, is “a gift for the soul,” pointing to the music generated by the company’s orchestra, which joins together both Western and Chinese musical traditions. Elaborating further, Bonifazi said the performance “cultivated” and “comforted” her.

In several pieces, Shen Yun depicts modern events in China, including the plight of Falun Gong—a type of meditation practice also known as Falun Dafa. Persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party since 1999, left thousands of Falun Gong practitioners have died, according to some estimates.

Bonifazi said that during the performance, she had a favorable opinion of what “Falun Dafa represents.”

“I think that this show … gives a message that despite everything [that happens], you can grow and move on—although it is such a sad story,” she said.

With reporting by Axel Borgia and Jack Phillips.

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