Shen Yun

Shen Yun Offers a ‘Different View’ of Chinese Culture

BY Epoch Times Staff TIMEApril 20, 2014 PRINT

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—”I just liked it all,” said Steven Caplin after seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts at Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University on April 20.

Mr. Caplin and his wife, Bonnie, came to Shen Yun’s matinee for the company’s final stop in its Midwest tour for the 2014 season.

In Shen Yun’s mission to revive traditional Chinese culture, the classical Chinese dance and music company has toured the world for eight seasons, delivering theatergoers a unique cultural experience, as well as a visual and auditory treat.

Mr. Caplin is an attorney and president of Stephen B. Caplin Professional Corporation. He has studied Chinese culture since high school.

“It’s a part of a culture I haven’t seen. …I have been to the Far East, but I have never been to China, so this was really nice. This gives me a different view,” he pointed out.

Chinese classical dance is at the heart of a Shen Yun performance. A complete program features 20 or so mini-dramas that bring to life scenes from China’s rich, 5,000 year history, as well as it’s literature and mythology. Each dance is complemented by a full orchestra, and HD digital backdrops.

Besides many dance segments, a Shen Yun program also features several solo vocalists and/or instrumentalists.

“Joy and happiness” were some of the values that showed through the dances for Mrs. Caplin. “Very nice, the dances are wonderful,” she said adding that “the costumes are fantastic; the girls are gorgeous. The boys are all skinny.”

“What I noticed is that in American culture or in Western culture, the dances, they have a leader, you always find a principle. Not here, that’s what is most important,” Mr. Caplin explained. “There is no star, there is just the group, and that is very interesting to me.”

“Everybody is a star, Mrs. Caplin added.

With reporting by Stacey Tang 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.

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