Doctor and Wife Struck by Diversity Reflected in Shen Yun

March 6, 2014 Updated: March 10, 2014

MILWAUKEE—Another Midwest showing of Shen Yun entertained visitors and locals including local medical doctor and Ph.D. Kurt Hecox, a socialist in the field of Pediatric Neurology, and his wife Carrie Hecox.

“It’s an outstanding production,” proclaimed Dr. Hecox. “Its particularly striking how there is the mixture of dance with moves and postures and positions that are relatively unique … . The fact that there is such a diverse story to be told, I think that was another striking aspect of the performance.”

Mrs. Hecox is a nurse and both work in a children’s hospital. Both Mr. and Mrs. Hecox are particularly cultured individuals who enjoy traditional culture.

“We enjoy China very much,” continued Dr. Hecox. “And, one of the things about China is this incredible diversity and part of that is reflected in the show in the sense that there is diversity across the ages, diversity across the styles of dance and, by the way, the costumes are incredible. The colors of the costumes are incredible and if you look at the number of languages in China, it’s incredible.”

But, there is more to Shen Yun than just dance. For many audience members, they may find a deeply spiritual aspect of the show.

“That’s more difficult, it was subtle, it was warm,” continued Dr. Hecox. “There wasn’t anything cold, harsh. Things flowed—so it created a sort of peaceful impression of something flowing as opposed to something that’s stark.”

Since 2006, New York-based Shen Yun has been touring internationally showcasing the true culture that was almost destroyed with the advent of communism to China.

One surprise remained for the Hecoxs’ in terms of culture; the remaining intolerance and persecution that persists in modern China.

“Well, I guess that I had thought that China was becoming more open in terms of allowing people to express themselves and their beliefs and their feelings,” added Mrs. Hecox. “I didn’t realize it still hadn’t gotten further.”

“You see, we are Chinese lovers, we visit China,” added Dr. Hecox.

The couple had actually worked at a children’s hospital just north of Hong Kong.

“So it is a striking contrast because our experience there is fairly open,” added Dr. Hecox. “But it is one province and provinces are all so different, that it’s hard to judge. There isn’t a single China, either.”

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit Shen Yun Performing Arts.

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.