Retired General: Shen Yun Performers “So athletic, so graceful, so strong’

March 29, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
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Retired U.S. Army General John G. Coburn attends Shen Yun Performing Arts in Washington. (Lisa Fan/The Epoch Times)

WASHINGTON—Shen Yun Performing Arts graced the stage at the Kennedy Center Opera House on Wednesday March 28, evoking praise from audience members.

“I’m very, very impressed,” said retired U.S. Army General John G. Coburn. “It’s a very, very outstanding example of Chinese culture.”

“Shen Yun presents colorful and exhilarating performances of classical Chinese dance and music. A performance by Shen Yun is a presentation of traditional Chinese culture as it once was: a study in grace, wisdom, and the virtues distilled from the five millennia of Chinese civilization,” states the website.

One dance that stood out to Mr. Coburn, Joyful Little Monks, has apprentice monks cleaning up a secluded monastery, with some of the aforementioned movements and techniques, and humor, included.

“They just seemed to me they were so good,” Mr. Coburn said. “They were very, very good and I liked that part of it.”

At the heart of a Shen Yun performance is classical Chinese dance, both one of the most complex systems to master and one of the most comprehensive in the world, according to Shen Yun’s website.

“So much precision. So much practice required. So athletic. And I don’t know how they do it. They’re so graceful, so strong,” said Mr. Coburn.

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will perform at The Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington, D.C., through April 1.

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