AUCKLAND, New Zealand—Words could not explain the wonder of what the Bhatti family experienced when they saw Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Aotea Centre, ASB Theatre on Feb. 13.
With tears in his eyes Muhammad Wasim Bhatti said, “I have no words how to explain … I feel very emotionally touched.”
Mr. Bhatti felt he had been transported to a divine world, a divine world he wanted to experience more of, with divine beings dancing on stage.
Based in New York, Shen Yun’s mission is to revive China’s divinely inspired culture.
The website states, “One discovers a sea of traditional Chinese culture. Mortals and divine beings merge on stage as one. Principles such as benevolence and justice, propriety and wisdom, respect for the heavens, and divine retribution, all come to life, washing over the audience.”
“The dance I saw tonight, I feel like I’m in another world. I feel next time I pray to my God, to be born in China,” Mr. Bhatti said.
“I saw with my family for first time, angels that come from where? I still think about them. God bless them.”
“I never saw in my life an angel; was just behind a story. Fairies are behind a story. Really amazing personalities and literally fairies and angels are about [in] this show on stage. When a special dance was on stage, you can’t believe [what you are seeing]; every moment, every step, very amazing and it touched my heart.”
Shen Yun can be translated as “the beauty of divine beings dancing” on stage, and Mr. Bhatti believed that is what he saw.
“Tonight, I have come to a very different world. When I saw this show I saw a very different world, very angelic. Very amazing. Very beautiful dance,” he said.
“Today I understand, where the angels and fairies are. I can’t believe they belong to this world. They belong to some other world. So I feel amazed.”
Shen Yun uses an animated, state-of-the-art digital backdrop to transport the audience to other worlds.
“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,” the website states.
“The backdrops are magical windows to completely different realms. From vast open grasslands in one dance to the stately elegance of Tang Dynasty pavilions in another; from dusty yellow battlegrounds to tropical beaches to Himalayan peaks to picturesque scenery of the Yellow River Delta.”
Mr. Bhatti was touched by the scenes displayed before his eyes. “Every colour touched my heart and made me cry … I can’t find the words to explain.”
Mr. Bhatti attended Shen Yun with his wife Asia and daughter Ermish, who also loved the performance.
Mrs. Bhatti said, “I very [much] enjoyed this show. This is a fairy tale world and fairy tale life. It’s very beautiful. I like it very much.”
Ms. Bhatti also felt Shen Yun was beyond words and had to be experienced in person.
“It’s really beautiful! Chinese culture is really beautiful and every aspect of it is amazing,” she said.
She liked the moral principles portrayed in the story dances and how good always overpowers evil, and how “no matter what bad happens, there’s always something good from it. Even if you lose something, you gain something from it.”
Mr. Bhatti said Shen Yun had touched his soul and he had seen amazing things. He wanted to come next year with more family and friends. He said when you have seen Shen Yun you will understand the world.
He said he would be happy to stand for hours to see Shen Yun. “We learned today from that show to keep happy, to work, keep nice and still I’m blessed.”
Reporting by NTD Television and Leigh Smith
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.
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