Film and theater transcriptionist Pamela Sistrunk said she was blown away after witnessing Shen Yun perform on stage.
“It’s a choreographer’s dream, I think exactly what it is, just to find a group of people like that, that can move like that. You only dream about it,” said Sistrunk, who has worked several years as a performance director and choreographer. “Oh my goodness it was fabulous, I was just simply in awe.”
The dancers expressed beauty through their balance, lines and hand gestures according to Sistrunk.
“It wasn’t just their hands, it was their arms, their shoulder, their head, everything,” she said. “They were perfect, absolutely perfect, we loved it.”
She enjoyed the show so much, she even wanted to join the dancers onstage, but found simply watching them was already a feast for the senses.
“I’d dance with them [but] I think I’m [already] exhausted from it,” Sistrunk said. “I really very loved it, I really did. I [would] love to come again.”
She applauded Shen Yun for standing-up for freedom of belief by exposing the Chinese communist regime’s ongoing persecution of spiritual practices like Falun Dafa.
“It’s wonderful, that they have spoken out, and brought it to the attention of the world,” Sistrunk said. “There’s a lot of people too that are too frightened to say anything … I’m glad they spoke out about that, there should be more people that do that.”
Others who have an interest in Asian cultures found Shen Yun to be valuable in learning more about Chinese traditions.
Shen Yun’s portrayal of 5,000 years of Chinese culture, with bilingual emceeing in both Chinese and English, helped gold mine supervisor Mark Hayman foster a better understanding of China’s cultural diversity.
“It was great with the explanations before the stanza so you had a background of what was going to happen,” he said. “It was truly indicated in the dance, you could see the story and the messages portrayed, it’s really enjoyable.”
Hayman also gained a deep admiration of classical Chinese dance and other traditions through watching the performances.
“[They have a] rich, colorful, and very old history … it is interesting to know that is where it originated from,” he said. “[I also discovered] some of the different traditional roles Chinese people play in life, old ideals, expectations and stereotypes … it is truly an enlightening experience.”
While watching the performance, disabilities support service team leader Caroline Moore felt as though she was travelling back in time to the golden age of emperors.
“The whole thing almost felt like you were being transported back, which was very interesting,” she said. “Very flexible dancers, it was very engaging, I liked all the different dance moves … they’re very highly qualified dancers, very engaging, lots of color and prepare to be amazed.”
Moore also thought Shen Yun very creatively raised the issue of human rights through contrasting scenes of ancient China with modern-day China.
“I quite like the storytelling, so seeing that through dance is pretty interesting … I did like how it highlighted the persecution,” she said. “They had the modern city in the background, it really brought into perspective that it’s still going on.”
Former medical orthopedics secretary Pat Timms thoroughly enjoyed the performance’s colorful journey through China’s multi-millennial history.
“Some of them were very peaceful, some were quite moving and got your emotions going, [I] thoroughly enjoyed it, [it] was very well done,” she said. “Costumes are beautiful, and the precision … absolutely beautiful.”
Joy and Light
Former Australian Tax Office clerical officer Jenny Williams found plenty of joy in watching the Shen Yun dancers.
“There was some humor that lightened it a bit,” she said. “[Their costumes] are so colorful and beautiful and they float so beautifully, and the dancers used them to enhance the dance.”
Williams previously toured several cities across Mainland China in 2005 and found Shen Yun’s portrayal of traditional Chinese culture to be a good reminder of her journey, the country’s divine past and continuing oppression of spiritual beliefs in China.
“There is always hope … there was a lot of angels coming from the clouds, if people believe that then if it gives them hope, that’s great,” she said. “The more we converse with China, visit China and get to know Chinese people that we have more influence on them and maybe the powers that be may take that on board.”
With reporting by NTD Television and Richard Szabo.
The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time and has covered audience reactions since the company’s inception in 2006.