DALLAS—Few experiences in today’s world are as thoroughly enjoyable for parents as they are for their children. Even fewer are truly thrilling for adults while entertaining and educating the children.
Will Duff, a crisis manager for a leading international computer company, said that he felt “ecstatic, thrilled, and harmonious” while watching Shen Yun Performing Arts, and his kids “absolutely enjoyed it, really loved it.”
Duff took his family to watch the New York-based Shen Yun at the Dallas AT&T Performing Arts Center on Dec. 28, 2019.
“I loved it. I thought it was wonderful. It was good to see old stories and legends and things like that brought to the stage, great dancing, and wonderful athleticism by the performers,” he said.
According to Shen Yun’s website, “Through the universal language of music and dance, Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales, taking you on a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture. A Shen Yun performance features the world’s foremost classically trained dancers, a unique orchestra blending East and West, and dazzling animated backdrops—together creating one spectacular performance.”
Duff couldn’t pick just one aspect of the show that amazed him—the entire experience did.
“Honestly, all of it. It’s a spectacle and it was broad scope and lots of different things from all over and it was just amazing,” he said.
Duff said Shen Yun’s performers were “wonderful and amazing. I’m glad we got to see it and glad I was able to bring my kids to see it, too. I thought it was wonderful for the kids. They really loved it.”
Shen Yun can’t perform in China today because the country’s current communist regime has attempted to eliminate traditional Chinese culture since it first came to power. Not only has it banned the group, it has attempted to interfere with Shen Yun shows around the world. Shen Yun also depicts on stage true stories of the regime’s persecution of Falun Dafa, an ancient spiritual discipline.
Duff welcomed Shen Yun’s efforts to revive traditional Chinese culture, despite the pressures faced by the group.
“I think it’s wonderful. I think it’s time, I think it’s long overdue, and too often, it’s been nooks and crannies in little, small places around the country, around the world, only little bits, and it’s nice to see a big epic effort like this,” said Duff, who has had a deep love for traditional Chinese theater and dance since childhood.
“I just love the history of people all over the world, the most magnificent cultures in the world on display. Let’s see them all,” he added.
He said Shen Yun, with its depictions of divine realms and the story of the Creator coming from heaven down to earth, left him feeling enlightened.
“[Shen Yun] is just such a spiritual thing and it’s also a physical appreciation of the spiritual as well. It’s magnificent. You know that’s one of the great stories of all mankind’s cultures is the Creation. Myths we all share, and the stories we all share and the lessons we take from those things, and the virtues that we gain from them, it’s always wonderful to see them.”
With reporting by NTD Television and Brett Featherstone.