Seeing Shen Yun is Culturally Rewarding

January 18, 2015 Updated: January 20, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS—Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company received enthusiastic applause at its matinee performance at Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University on Jan. 17.

One of the many theatergoers who attended today’s matinee performance was Liz Schmidt, Sr. Community Manager at Adobe for the Creative Cloud.

Shen Yun is a New York-based dance company that has four separate companies touring five continents and over 100 cities. Since its inception in 2006, Shen Yun has sought to fulfill its mission of reviving 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture through the performing arts.

Shen Yun’s digital-backdrop team creates vividly animated settings, extending the stage and transporting the audience to a world where heaven and earth are one.

Ms. Schmidt found this aspect of the performance unique: “I loved not only how the performers utilized their dresses and the costumes for the performance, I love how they tied in the graphics behind the stage, how [it] integrated with them, jumping in the back, having the character on the screen—that’s probably the first time I’ve seen that in a large performance like this.”

“I was very, very surprised” by that aspect, she added.

Shen Yun’s program includes 20 or so dances, vocalists and mini-dramas that span China’s 5,000 year history giving a depiction of the traditional culture through the retelling of myths, legends, classical stories, and history.

One story from the program is The Fable of the Magic Brush, a piece in which a painter receives a magical brush that can turn whatever he paints into reality.

“Everyone of us have always dreamed of being able to create art and have it come to life, and how it relates to the person you are, and how it can be seen by others. I think that’s wonderful,” Ms. Schmidt said.

Ms. Schmidt appreciated the performance because, as an avid traveler who visited many countries, she welcomes hearing the perspective of the culture itself, seeing “how it is for them. I think that was important for us,” Ms. Schmidt said.

“I learned a lot of culture. I thought that was wonderful,” she said finally.

Reporting by Nancy Ma and Andrew Darin

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform around the world. For more information, visit

Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reaction since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.