Music of Shen Yun Is Happiness, Piano Teacher Says

January 16, 2016

NEW YORK—Piano teacher Irina Koel was filled with happiness upon exiting Lincoln Center after seeing—and hearing—Shen Yun Performing Arts on Jan. 16.

With excitement, Ms. Koel said it was an experience she would remember forever, and one she would tell everyone about.

Through the music, through instruments like the two-stringed Chinese erhu, Ms. Koel said she could feel so much about the sensitivities of the Chinese people.

In the performance, she got a feeling for the culture and the people. “I feel [that] Chinese people are so sensitive, emotional, and so brave.”

The New York-based performing arts company was formed with the mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. The divinely inspired culture, which spans over 5,000 years, is rooted in principles and beliefs that stem from the religions of Buddhism and Taoism. Classical Chinese dance, having been passed down and refined nearly just as long, displays this cultural essence, according to Shen Yun choreographers.

This emotion is like a gift for us, and energy!
— Irina Koel

For Ms. Koel, the dancers were imparting a sort of energy. They were always smiling, happy, and they transferred that emotion to the audience as well.

“This emotion is like a gift for us, and energy!” she said.

The spiritual culture extended to the lyrics the bel canto vocalists sang as well, she thought. The lyrics touched on topics like the meaning of life and humanity. Ms. Koel felt it was universal and inspirational.

“It’s so true for everybody,” Ms. Koel said. “All of [us] must believe in the future, in God, and be together and friendly. Doing the right things in our life.”

Reporting by Weiyong Zhu and Catherine Yang

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.

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.