NEWARK, N.J.— Yeung Waichi, creative design director, took her daughter to see Shen Yun Performing Arts at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on May 5.
Having immigrated from Hong Kong as a child, Mrs. Waichi said Shen Yun is something she would have loved to have been exposed to as a young girl.
“I really appreciate that it’s being shown here,” she said. “I didn’t have that opportunity, so now I’m taking my daughter to be exposed to our culture back home—our traditional culture—and we are loving it.”
As an interior designer, Mrs. Waichi loved the incorporation of the 3D animated backdrop with the stage performance, allowing the performers to travel back and forth between the stage and the background projection.
Based in New York, Shen Yun Performing Arts is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance company. Along with folk dances and solo performances, the production depicts story-based pieces that tell tales from ancient times to the modern day.
According to the company’s website, the presented heroes in the story-based dances embody the most exalted virtues of Chinese civilization and convey morals that are still relevant.
Having read books to her daughter about traditional Chinese folklore, Mrs. Waichi’s said she could identify with some of the stories and thought it was “great that she can see it in the format of dance and choreography.”
After seeing Shen Yun, she said her daughter was inspired to re-enroll in kung fu classes and learn classical Chinese dancing.
‘Rooted in Spirituality’
Since 2006, Shen Yun has performed at top theatres worldwide with a mission to revive China’s 5,000-year-old traditional culture. Drawing upon ancient China’s Buddhist and Daoist philosophies, Shen Yun says its performances demonstrate “China before communism.” Hence, Shen Yun is banned from performing in China.
“I think having more of [Chinese] history and true culture exposed is much needed,” said Mrs. Waichi. “Modern China does not reflect that … [and] I don’t think the media portrays other cultures properly.”
“A lot of the stories are rooted in spirituality … that’s why [communist China] forbid it, that’s why they have not supported it and are threatened by it,” she said.
“But it’s part of our culture, part of humanity [and] part of our evolution and growth,” she added. “And I think it teaches a lot … all the stories and morals behind these folk tales and tradition.”
Reporting by Sally Sun and Jennifer Schneider.
The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. We have covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.