BOISE, Idaho—“I am just changed forever,” said Dr. Daniel Novak after watching the world’s foremost traditional Chinese classical dance and music company, Shen Yun Performing Arts.
“I’ve always wanted to see it,” Novak, a psychotherapist, said. “And I heard it was coming to Boise, and I just could not resist to see it. It’s fantastic. It’s just mesmerizing.”
“I used to be a dancer when I was much younger … the technique is sublime. It’s just perfect; it’s just precise. It’s precision all the time, nonstop. It’s grace, it’s beauty, it’s flawless, it’s colorful; it’s truly mesmerizing.”
Novak had come to see Shen Yun at the Morrison Center for Performing Arts in Boise, Idaho. The company is dedicated to reviving China’s authentic 5,000-year-old traditional culture.
“And spirituality … It’s all combined, all brought together—it’s uplifting,” Novak said.
“It just brings together the millennia-old tradition that we are all connected, to something greater than ourselves … the sense of unity and compassion and connection with the earth, the celebration of life and color, rebirth and hope. You just cannot see this show and remain unchanged,” he said.
Novak explained more about Shen Yun‘s profound effect on him.
“[I am] completely revived, reenergized, inspired! It’s amazing to see that there are so many people out there who have this talent, and they have the ability to express it in such a pure, and at the same time, humble way that touches you so deeply,” he said.
Sarah Kennedy, a portrait painter, said she was blown away by Shen Yun.
“It’s just incredible, the emotion portrayed by the dancers; you get lost in the story,” she said.
“[Shen Yun brings] to life [China’s traditional culture] and that’s what I’m looking for. Instead of just reading about it, when you see in it a format, you feel it and it touches your heart,” Kennedy said.
“[Shen Yun] is very pure. It dreams of a better world and filling an element of beauty and nature and what is around us, and the beauty of Creation. I’m a Christian, so I believe that there is a God that created all of this and it’s wonderful to see all of that brought together.”
Kennedy said that she saw Shen Yun two years ago for the first time and that it had inspired her work as a painter.
“I have a series of dancers that I call the nebula dancers. So, they’re actually dancing in the beauty of space,” she said.
“I feel like [Shen Yun] is bringing my eyes to see the beauty in the world and touched my heart in that way—to look around and to see the people around us and look at the beauty of the flowers and the sky and everything around us,” she said.
“Because you see what you look for. And it’s so easy to see all the darkness and hurt in the world.
“When you see [Shen Yun], it reminds you to look for the beauty,” Kennedy said.
Reporting by NTD Television and Sherry Dong.