Shen Yun, an ‘Immense Source of Inspiration’ Returns to Portland

'I wish I were Chinese, and this were my culture'
April 10, 2016 Updated: April 12, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore.—Internationally renowned New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts returns to Portland for three performances on April 12 to 14.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Shen Yun has four touring groups now traveling across five continents to more than 100 cities in 20 countries.

According to the company’s website, through the universal language of music and dance, Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales, taking the audience on a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture. Its stunning beauty and tremendous energy leave people uplifted and inspired.

Audience members from around the world testify that this is not an idle boast.

“I totally believe the divine renaissance is happening in a very artistic, beautiful, and graceful way!” said Ms. Fadik Arasoy, an actress, producer, and writer. “I felt joyful. It opened up my heart, made my heart bigger, gave me more compassion. I felt like I was in China in all [of its] times, … I dived into the history; I felt that feeling of being one, surrounded by art.” —Long Beach, Calif.

“What is achieved is a materialization of the divine; it’s extraordinary!” said the first violinist and principal concertmaster of Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Mr. Bogdan Zvoristeanu. “Everything comes from within and communicates within. It comes from the heart and it goes to the heart… It goes through the mind and it remains anchored there. It is an immense source of inspiration, not only for the artists but for everyone.” —Geneva, Switzerland.

“It’s transformative. It’s astonishing,” said Mr. Bennett Horton, a writer, who admitted that words fail him in describing Shen Yun. “I’ve been breathless through every number. I catch my breath while they’re talking in between the numbers! And then I’m breathless again. And suddenly I wish I were Chinese, and this were my culture that I was celebrating here this evening.” —Knoxville, Tennessee.

“There is the beauty of the whole world [in Shen Yun]. The power of compassion spreads the great message of tolerance. … This dance has shown us that the good must always win over evil, always… We would have far fewer conflicts, and fewer wars in this world,” said Roberto Mirabile, president of La Caramella Buona. “After watching two hours of this performance, perhaps they could soften and understand themselves in their selfishness, their malice, and how much they have lost in their life—this is a great message of this great show.” —Milan, Italy.

“It touches something beautifully spiritual in all of us. We share something very, very much in common and that is the understanding that there is a spark of the divine in each one of us. This show was dramatic, dynamic, energetic and very creative. It is so important that we stay connected to our roots and our heritage,” said His Eminence, Cardinal Donald Wuerl. —Washington, D.C.

Shen Yun makes “a very high divinity more comprehensible,” said Giancarlo Cattaneo, host of Radio Capital. “In the final part there was a call to reflection and to tolerance. It’s a strong message: just stop for a moment, and take the time to think, that’s the most important thing in this current time, and that’s also a thing that we forget too often.” —Milan, Italy.

“I feel good, I got up! I’m walking! I didn’t think I was going to be able to get up, but I got up and I walked. It was wonderful”, said Sonya Goldman, a former dancer and retired TV businesswoman. “I was a dancer and I never ever saw dancing like that.” Shen Yun is “something you’ll only see once in your lifetime, unless you go every time it comes to town, which I intend on doing if I’m still here. I would only come out again for this show and that’s the truth.” —Portland, Oregon.

Simona Magni, an Italian designer, said, “The first scene of the show is like the ‘Hyperuranion’ of Plato, that world beyond all the skies that has always existed and in which there are the unchanging and perfect ideas and thoughts.” She said the gods can see this world of ideas but humans can´t—it is a kind of a world beyond gods. —Milan, Italy.

“I thought it was otherworldly,” said Bob O’Brien, retired computer scientist, about Shen Yun’s opening scene. “Descending spirits went to all parts of the galaxy. That was not by accident. It was heart-opening. The spirit of my heart opened up—a spiritual awakening! It’s my nature to be scientific. The energy that puts your electrons around your cells is the same energy that moves my electrons. It’s no different. We take different shapes but we’re all the same. We’re all the same spirit.” —New York, N.Y.

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

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