MILWAUKEE, Wis.—As 2022 rolls in, many Americans are seeing the masterful performances by Shen Yun Performing Arts to inspire hope, beauty, truth for the year ahead.
Alexandria Pham and David Sells were able to learn about Shen Yun before the performance even started.
“We were reading through the program and then we were listening to some of the pre-show talk about how they’re depicting a lot of concepts around the divine, and how humans have originated from a divine place,” Ms. Pham said.
After the performance, Ms. Pham expounded on her feelings around these concepts.
“I think that just those themes, especially right now given everything that’s going on in the world, are just very relevant,” she said. “I think a lot of people are going through their own kind of spiritual awakening.”
She felt that Shen Yun‘s tour of the United States was providing hope to the nation and recommended everyone to buy their own tickets to witness the majesty of Shen Yun.
“I just think that the fact that so many people have come to see this, that this is traveling through the United States, is a very beautiful telling of themes that we’re all going through in the world,” she commented. “I feel like it inspires me at least to go beyond just my day-to-day and to think beyond a time like this.”
Especially with the lockdowns affecting the livelihoods of Americans, Ms. Pham felt that the performance provided a sense of unity, and that learning and caring about each other can be the solution to the separation of the pandemic so far.
“The fact that something like this show can be put on, especially given the very little that we know about Chinese culture, I think that unifies us, and I feel like it gives hope that something like this can still happen, that people can still come together and tell a story about spirituality and they can tell stories from different regions and ethnicities from China, from anywhere,” she said.
“If people can come together and put together an amazing show for us, I feel like the world can go on. Maybe we should be uniting over some story that’s different than the narrative that’s been told,” she continued.
“As a country, we’re very focused on what’s going on here. But having an open mind and an open heart, and being able to look beyond not just our culture but into other cultures, and also something beyond us that [is] spiritual … maybe thinking about something that is divine, and maybe we’re divine.”
Reporting by Frank Liang and Maria Han.
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