COSTA MESA, Calif.—Greg and Christine Bosserman were touched by the profound meaning behind the performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on March 11.
“I think the lotus flower represents beauty and change and transformation,” said Mrs. Bosserman. “They seem to use that a lot in the show.”
Mr. Bosserman, who is an executive vice president and chief marketing officer at a national facilities maintenance service company, agreed: “It also symbolizes that people go through hard things,” he said. “They get stepped on, but then a greater power can come and help you out. You can overcome, so it’s a very strong message.”
Shen Yun presents China’s divinely-inspired history through classical Chinese dance and music. According to the company’s website, “In 2006, a group of leading classical Chinese artists came together in New York with one wish: to revive the true, divinely inspired culture of China and share it with the world.”
Now, “Shen Yun—a non-profit organization—has become an international phenomenon, bringing the wonders of ancient Chinese culture to millions across the globe,” says the website.
Mr. Bosserman said the performance was uplifting, and Mrs. Bosserman thought it was just beautiful.
“Very beautiful, the dancers are,” she said. “I love the colors and the music and everything, the mixture of the Chinese instruments with the typical orchestra.”
A Shen Yun performance features classical Chinese dance and also includes a full orchestra that combines traditional Chinese instruments with classical Western instruments, colorful costumes, vocal and instrumental soloists, and a unique interactive digital backdrop that complements the dances.
The Bossermans also noted that the performance had a lot of inner meaning.
“There’s a lot of meaning to it,” said Mrs. Bosserman.
“Ton of meaning behind it,” agreed Mr. Bosserman. “All of it resonates [with us].”
According to the Shen Yun website, “Sophisticated dance techniques, an orchestra joining instruments from both the East and West, beautiful costumes, and a stunning back drop—this is Shen Yun at first glance. But digging deeper, one discovers a sea of traditional Chinese culture.
“Mortals and divine beings merge on stage as one. Principles such as benevolence and justice, propriety and wisdom, respect for the heavens, and divine retribution, all come to life, washing over the audience.”
Mr. Bosserman said he would absolutely recommend Shen Yun to others.
Reporting by Albert Roman and Sarah Le
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