Manhattan Law Firm Partner Extols Shen Yun’s Calming Beauty

January 10, 2015

NEW YORK—To Anthony Dougherty, the calming beauty of Shen Yun’s performances left the deepest impression.

Mr. Dougherty is a partner at the Tarter Krinsky & Drogin law firm, which made the National Law Journal’s 2014 list of the country’s top 20 midsize-level firms.

Shen Yun Performing Arts has brought its latest production of classical Chinese dance and music to the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. Mr. Dougherty attended the Jan. 10 matinee.

Shen Yun’s mission is to revive the 5,000 years of Chinese civilization that centered around Buddhist and Taoist spiritual beliefs, according to the performing arts company’s website.

Mr. Dougherty said the graceful movements of the dancers, along with the strong storytelling nature of Shen Yun’s performances, left him with a sense of peace.

Many of Shen Yun’s dances portray stories from Chinese history, literature, and folklore, such as the tale of the heroine Mulan, who disguised herself as a man to go to war in place of her elderly father; or segments from the famous 16th century novel Journey to the West, about a monk who travels westward to retrieve Buddhist scriptures.

“It’s a very calming influence. It’s beautiful, just absolutely beautiful art!” he said.

Mr. Dougherty has litigated on behalf of non-profit organizations and religious institutions, with settlements reaching in the millions. He has also investigated cases of fraud and embezzlement by educational institutions, according to his firm’s website. The company also made the 2014 Crain’s New York list of top 100 places to work in New York City.

Reporting by Sherry Dong and Annie Wu

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