Orange County Chairman Proudly Welcomes Shen Yun and Appreciates Seeing What China ‘Doesn’t Want Us to See’

March 2, 2023 ShareSHARE

COSTA MESA, Calif.—“This may be the show that Beijing doesn’t want you to see, but … we’re here in Orange County happy to show it,” said Third District Supervisor Donald P. Wagner about Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on March 1.

Mr. Wagner serves Orange County’s Third District, representing over 630,000 residents in the region.

“We’re happy to let people see the culture, the arts, the entertainment [that originated in] China,” he said. “I encourage everybody to come and have a look at the show themselves.”

Based in New York, Shen Yun 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—values still relevant to the modern day.

“Those values play very well here in Orange County,” said Mr. Wagner. “[Shen Yun] ought to play very well throughout the world.”

“The values of family, the values of loyalty … are fantastic,” he added. “There’s a reason they’re traditional and … we can encourage them.”

Since 2006, Shen Yun has performed in top theaters worldwide. Since its mission is to revive the traditions of ancient China—China before communism—Shen Yun is not allowed to perform in China.

“The CCP’s (Chinese Communist Party) ideology is one that we’ve been opposing in the United States and the West for a long time,” said Mr. Wagner.

“I think when you get the opportunity to export freedom, we ought to do it,” he said. “We appreciate the opportunity to actually see what maybe Beijing doesn’t want us to see.”

“I’m happy to welcome [Shen Yun] to Orange County … I would urge everyone to exercise their right to come take a look at it wherever the show happens to be playing in your part of the world.”

Shen Yun: ‘A Message Through the Senses’

Sharon Boies, dance specialist with over 30 years of experience in ballroom and ballet, also attended the Shen Yun performance at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on March 1.

Mrs. Boies teaches from her private studio All The Right Moves and More in Newport Beach, California.

“I came knowing that it would be a phenomenal show,” she said. “I’m leaving knowing that it was even more than that.”

“This was a beautiful presentation of how our Creator has created us to move so beautifully,” she added. “On that stage I saw creativity, artistry … masculinity, femininity … just truly beautiful!”

As an instructor in body theology through dance, Mrs. Boies was impressed by the duality of movement expressed through the female and male dancers.

“What I saw on the stage was traditional values of true masculinity, true femininity, [and] how relationships work together between men and women,” she said.

“It’s so important today … this presentation can teach people the beauty of how our Creator has created us to move.”

Dating back thousands of years, classical Chinese dance was enriched and refined throughout the dynasties, becoming one of the world’s most comprehensive dance systems in the world.

Traditionally, women in ancient China expressed propriety through grace, gentility, and nurture, while men expressed valor through strength, honor, and piety. When translated into dance, women express a more refined, delicate nature while the men are said to perform with more power and dynamism.

A characteristic of classical Chinese dance, the “inner bearing” is a technique of expressing specific inner feelings through form, according to the company’s website.

“It is truly a message through the senses, not just the intellect, but through the senses,” said Mrs. Boies. “The way it’s told is beautiful.”

Reporting by NTD 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.

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