Shen Yun ‘First Class’ Says Judge

March 8, 2014

WATERBURY, Conn.—Although Shen Yun Performing Arts presented an art form new to him, Connecticut superior court judge Dan Shaban liked what he saw.

“[The] costumes and production were first class, it was excellent all around. We enjoyed it very much,” he said, after he and his wife saw Shen Yun perform at the Palace Theater on March 7.

“I didn’t really know what to expect,” he said. “But it certainly was worth watching.”

His wife, Florie, also enjoyed the performance.

“I thought it was remarkable, it was beautiful, the costumes were beautiful, the talent was excellent. I enjoyed it,” she said.

Shen Yun’s hundreds of brilliantly colored costumes are designed by company artists to reflect different historical eras and ethnic groups.

Based in New York, Shen Yun’s four companies evolved from the collaboration of top Chinese artists who came together in 2006 to revive China’s traditional culture through classical Chinese dance.

The performances lead audiences on a tour through China’s vast, rich history with mini-dramas depicting stories of heroes and deities, which emphasize values like courage, bravery, loyalty, and compassion.

Mr. Shaban liked the history he saw in the performance, as well as the values he saw portrayed in the culture.

“I think they, [the values,] are pretty much universal, about respect and honor and cooperation, compassion,” he said.

Mrs. Shaban said she also appreciated the values, which she says “have stood the test of time.”

Both the Shabans said they recommend the performance.

“I would certainly recommend it. Both on a visual level, and a substantive level as well,” Mr. Shaban said.

Reporting by Stephenie Wang and June Fakkert

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.

The 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.