Shen Yun Passes Down Classical Traditions

“The performance was wonderful, the dancers are excellent, the costumes are beautiful—it’s refreshing to see.”

“[The piece that particularly touched me was] the dance in the caves, about the warrior who receives the truth, the light [referring to ‘Awakening,’ a dance story about a warrior’s path to enlightenment]. It was very, very well done. … It was a surprise to find that there was something spiritual in this performance.”

“We have to share our values. We live comfortably, but we have to teach the youth about tradition and show them what it is, how our ancestors lived and how they should live.”

“[Through dance], it’s a way to transfer the traditions, from mother to daughter or father to son. [In Shen Yun’s Mongolian dance ‘Lofty Spirits on the Grasslands,’] we have Mongolians who dance with their chopsticks, so it’s a passing down of their traditions with the chopsticks. Then there are the costumes, the makeup, the hairstyles, the music—all these beautiful things that we have to pass on, whether it be in the family setting, in public education, or in life in general.”

Nicole Houle, retired public servant (Foreign Affairs)
Place des Arts- Théâtre Maisonneuve, Montreal, Canada
Shen Yun Touring Company
January 14, 2018