Shen Yun ‘Gave me a sense of how rich Chinese culture is’

January 18, 2014 Updated: January 19, 2014

BALTIMORE—Mr. Dorjee, a Tibetan, who works in a media firm, was very impressed to see Shen Yun give a performance that was built on the best of Chinese culture.

“I’m thoroughly amazed and very impressed,” he said, at the Jan. 17 Shen Yun performance at Modell Performing Arts Center.

In Mr. Dorjee’s eyes, the most amazing idea the show conveyed was that the show “has a very clear message that communist China is not the Chinese people.”

What was most impressive “about this performance is that it showcases China’s rich culture and tradition … The show gave me a sense of how rich Chinese culture is.”

Although he said that he might lack the words to express his feelings, “but the show has a profound impact on me concerning the Chinese culture.”

According to the Shen Yun website, “Shen Yun Performing Arts’ dance style is built upon classical Chinese dance as a foundation, while also maintaining a number of ethnic and folk dances. This combination embodies Chinese people’s aestheticism and ethnic character.”

Mr. Dorjee shared his thought that he wanted the Chinese people be able to enjoy Shen Yun. According to the program book, “you cannot see a performance like Shen Yun in China today.”

He said that the show being presented to the world’s people is important, but it’s even more important for Chinese people in China to see it, “critically analyze the show as how beneficial it might be to them in their own daily lives, something very unique to a show.”

One subtle issue was of great significance to Mr. Dorjee: “what I really liked about the show is that there are no red colors in this show.“

He explained what he meant, “I think this is a very clear message that the Chinese people are deprived of some basic rights because of the red communist China.”

There are touches of red, including insignia on the backs of police in two contemporary dances, and in the clothes of the evil Dragon King in Ne Zha Churns the Sea.

Mr. Dorjee’s parting thoughts were that he would keep always in mind the message given by the Shen Yun “to audiences and viewers today … the Chinese people have a rich tradition and culture.”

With reporting by Heide B. Malhotra

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