PASADENA, Calif.—Shen Yun returned to the Pasadena Civic Auditorium for another spectacular performance that was loved by audience members. Luis Solis, a clothing designer, had heard about Shen Yun Performing Arts for several years, but had not been able attend until last night, April 29.
Upon finally making the show, he was "very impressed by it … actually, very impressed. And the soldiers, the theme of the dances and the theme of the whole concept, the meaning of life, I appreciated it very much, I really enjoyed it."
Shen Yun Performing Arts New York company aims to revitalized traditional Chinese culture, and present it through music and dance.
Mr. Solis said he enjoyed all the dances but particularly liked Plum Blossom. He said, "That really got me. Beautiful. It's a little touch of the beauty of life that we need sometimes to enhance our lives, our feelings and spirit."
According to the program's description, "The plum blossom is greatly loved by Chinese people. Though small and delicate, the plum blossom displays resilience amidst adversity, blooming even in snow. No matter how much the wind stirs the branches, the blossoms never wilt nor lose their beauty. They offer an unfailing promise of spring."
He continued his praise of Shen Yun in describing the music: "The music is part of the whole spirit—the essence of the show … Today we need moments of beauty which encourage us to have an appreciation for life."
In addition to the visual beauty of the performance, he was also intrigued about the human rights stories depicting the persecution of Falun Gong, an ancient mind-body practice that is still persecuted in China today. He said, "I wish I knew what pamphlet it was that the police came to take away from them. I have no idea what it is. But I would like to know someday more about that teaching."
Falun Gong, a practice of truthfulness, compassion and tolerance has been persecuted in China since 1999.
Mr. Solis ended, saying, "It's really beautiful and I'm going to see it again. Whoever coordinated the scenery and costumes, they know what they are doing. It's really great, definitely."
Reporting by Jenny Liu and Albert Roman.
Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will perform in Los Angeles at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, April 28-30, and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County, May 6-8. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org