AUSTIN, Texas—With one last performance at the Long Center for the Performing Arts on Monday evening, Shen Yun Performing Arts concluded its four-day run in Austin.
Bill and Josie Long were among the audience members on Monday. They said they were struck by the beauty of Shen Yun.
“Breathtaking, beautiful,” said Mrs. Long. Mr. and Mrs. Long own an Internet business selling jewelry.
Mr. Long said the performance taught him more about China.
“Clearly there is a lot of suppression of the Chinese culture going on [in China today]. And the show is a revelation to most of us, not realizing what has been lost through the communist rule over there.”
According to its website, Shen Yun aims to rekindle China’s divinely-inspired culture which has been nearly lost. The company’s mini-drama pieces draw upon stories and legends from China’s rich history and culture.
Mr. Long said he saw the contrast between the Chinese and Western culture, but also noticed similarities: “There is a supreme deity, there is reward for goodness, there is punishment for evil, there is good overcoming evil. Those are all similar themes that you can see here.”
Mr. Long also named some of the different themes he saw in the performance.
“Love of beauty, love of compassion, color, goodness. I think that’s pretty obvious.”
Reporting by Sherry Dong and Nicholas Zifcak
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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