Shen Yun Performing Arts ‘Educating the Public,’ Says Boutique Director

January 6, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015
Cathryn Bove, at a Chinese Arts Revival Event at Moet Hennessy in New York City. (Jan Jekielek/The Epoch Times)
Cathryn Bove, at a Chinese Arts Revival Event at Moet Hennessy in New York City. (Jan Jekielek/The Epoch Times)

New York—Boutique Director at Chopard, Cathryn Bove was among the audience in New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts’ first show in Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater, part of the company’s 2011 world tour.

“This is the second time I’ve seen the show,” Ms. Bove said. “I saw it two years ago and had to come back, and it was just an amazing evening.

“I’m most enthralled by the costumes and the women dancing and the way they have such beautiful movements.”

Adele Bove, who came with Cathryn, said Cathryn has been encouraging her to see Shen Yun for two years.

Adele said the dance Plum Blossom was elegant and interesting. The dance portrays the values represented by the plum blossom in Chinese culture. “Though small and delicate, it displays resilience amidst adversity, blooming even in snow,” the show’s program reads. “They offer an unfailing promise of spring.”

Ideas for the stories in Shen Yun’s show are drawn from both ancient and modern times. Among the pieces are dances about the persecution of Falun Gong, which is occurring under communist-rule in China today.

“I thought it was important that they brought those into the program, because it’s a way of educating the public that doesn’t know what’s going on, and also it’s culturally relevant,” Cathryn said.

Chinese culture is rooted in cultivation methods, which Falun Gong is one of.

“I think it makes it a lot more accessible to the people,” Adele added. “We see protests outside embassies; we see protests in Times Square, but you don’t really understand the whole aspect of what this is, this gave it context, and because it was also entertainment it leaves you open to receive the message.”

Cathryn would like to “encourage everyone to make it a point to see the show,” she said.

“Do not wait. I waited two years and that was a mistake. Come see it immediately,” Adele said.

Reporting by NTD Television and Stephanie Lam

Shen Yun Performing Arts will perform at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater through Jan. 16. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org