Retired UN Official Calls Shen Yun Mind-Opening

December 27, 2014

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.— “Excellent!” Olga Johnson said of the Shen Yun performance at the Au-Rene Theatre, Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

Ms. Johnson, a retired United Nations official, attended Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company’s Dec. 27 matinee performance along with Kurt Johnson, a retired technical consultant.

Ms. Johnson described the performance as “really mind-opening.” She said she loved the themes and the message Shen Yun portrayed.

“Falun Gong is very, very interesting. I’m really interested in it,” she said. “The message is very, very good.”

Two of the dances tell the story of Falun Gong practitioners who face persecution by the Chinese communist regime with compassion, courage, and faith. Theatergoers often speak about how moved they are by the themes in these story-based dances.

Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is a spiritual practice that was introduced in mainland China in 1992 by Mr. Li Hongzhi. The core principles of Falun Gong are truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance.

Mr. Johnson said the performance was fabulous.

Reporting by Jada Yeung and Franklin McCoy

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