‘Shen Yun Makes One Smile All the Way Through’
KANSAS CITY, Mo.— “Absolutely amazing, very impressive,” said Dr. James Elliot after seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (Muriel Kauffman Theater) on March 29.
New York-based Shen Yun has four touring companies that tour the globe simultaneously. It has been captivating theatergoers around the world since 2006. Tonight was Shen Yun’s third of four performances in K.C. this season.
Dr. Elliott explained how impressed he was. He exclaimed, “The integration of the computer graphics and the folktale and story-line made it amazing.”
“I loved it,” Mrs. Elliott commented. “I was amazed at the stories they presented and was thinking … it’s something that the young could be entranced by it, but the old would end up loving it too, so I thought it was very well done. And the costumes were gorgeous, beautiful, very, very gorgeous.”
Mrs. Elliot said seeing Shen Yun made her feel very happy. “I was like smiling all the way through it. I was watching the faces of the performers, too, trying to see their eyes and they were smiling too,” she said.
Shen Yun’s mission is to revitalize traditional Chinese culture through the performing arts. Its program consists of mini-dramas that depict scenes from China’s history, mythology, folklore, and literature.
Dr. Elliott said there was absolutely something to learn about traditional Chinese culture. “Where I did my undergrad [degree], we actually had a very strong program in ancient history, and so I knew a few of the legends, but I learned more, I think, from watching today,” he said.
Mrs. Elliott learned a lot about Chinese culture. “I’ve never been exposed. Where I grew up we didn’t have much cultural diversity, so this is the first time I’ve ever been to performance like this,” she explained.
“There is a big difference,” commented Dr. Elliott on the duality between the male and female dancers. “I mean I think the men are more athletic and more marshal in the way they do it, and the women were more graceful, built into the choreography, but I thought it was amazing.”
The doctor believes that one of the performance’s stronger messages is that too much of China’s history and spirituality has been lost due to the ideals of the current government there.
The doctor pointed out that “by presenting it in other places in the world, they bring that back to light, to let people see it, and understand it, and to understand the plight of people who are still in China.”
“I think anytime that, you know, you are trying to present something, you need to present it with grace, and elegance, and dignity, and you don’t lower the bar when you are trying to present something that is, I think, more equal [for] everyone and more respectful to everyone,” Mrs. Elliott said.
“I think that they did a very good job to present something in a very positive way and in a way I think younger kids could understand [it],” she added.
“We were trying to get other people to go, and… I think we will be telling what they missed!” said Dr. Elliott.
Reporting by Cat Rooney and Andrew Darin
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