More People Need to Hear Shen Yun’s Message, Says Colorado Theatergoer

March 18, 2023 ShareSHARE

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—Paul Lagatta, a network technician, attended Shen Yun’s evening performance at Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts on March 17.

It was Mr. Lagatta’s first time watching the show, and he has “never seen anything like this before.”

“It’s very entertaining and athletic, but there’s also a story behind it. It’s just very powerful. In today’s society, more people need to hear something like this and witness it. I’m very moved by it,” he said.

“There’s a divine message in there that there’s something greater than just what we are doing here on this earth.”

The world’s leading classical Chinese dance and music company, Shen Yun Performing Arts was founded in 2006 by a group of leading Chinese artists who had fled the persecution of the communist party.

Prior to the regime’s violent takeover and its spread of atheism, China was known as the Celestial Empire—a country deeply rooted in spirituality and the belief in the divine.

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Paul Lagatta enjoyed Shen Yun’s evening performance at Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts on March 17, 2023. (Yawen Huang/The Epoch Times)

Since Shen Yun’s establishment, the New York-based artists have made it their mission to bring back the glory of China’s lost civilization.

Mr. Lagatta was touched by the artists’ dedication and thought they are very brave to speak up for what they believed in.

“What’s happening in China today is an unfortunate situation. It’s heartbreaking to see, but I’m glad they have the courage to [speak up] because I’m sure they have families that—as a result of what they’re doing—may be dealing with some persecution. It’s moving.”

His biggest takeaway from Shen Yun is that, as human beings, we need to be kind to each other.

“[The performance] showed us that there’s good in all mankind. We need to be compassionate and love one another. I think if more of that can be passed on—maybe we can change.”

He would also like to commend the performers for their passion and skill.

“They’re just fabulous, simply fabulous!” he exclaimed. “I’m just amazed at their athletic performance and their craft—even the musicians—you can tell that they’ve spent a long-time practicing.”

“Usually, something that is made to look effortless takes a lot of training.”

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Dan King (L) attended Shen Yun’s evening performance at Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts on March 17, 2023. (Yawen Huang/The Epoch Times)

Also in the audience was biomedical engineer Dan King. He, too, was inspired by the beauty and message of Shen Yun. The performance far exceeded his expectations.

“Visually, it was absolutely stunning, the music was absolutely beautiful as well,” he said.

“The storytelling was beautiful in a way that it took us back to [China’s] ancient traditions but also [showed] us the contemporary challenges that this culture is facing.”

In addition to reviving traditional culture, Shen Yun is also dedicated to bringing awareness to the human rights issues in China today.

“I loved that, and I think they’re doing a great job telling the story. They are bringing beauty and even comedy into the show but also introducing more recent [challenges],” Mr. King expressed.

“I think that’s powerful. It’s a great way of letting people emotionally feel and not just educate them on the conflicts that are going on in China.”

He also loved the energy of the artists and will definitely be introducing Shen Yun to others.

“Sitting where I was sitting, you can hear how fast the dancers are moving with the snaps of the costumes. You can tell not just how graceful they are but also how powerful they are,” he said. “The women are incredibly graceful, and the men are incredibly acrobatic.”

“I’ll be telling others about this experience. It’s been very, very good.”

Reporting by Yawen Huang and Jennifer Teng. 

The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. We have covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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