Shen Yun ‘Reaches to Everyone’

April 22, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
Jessie Collins attends Shen Yun Performing Arts at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater on Sunday afternoon. (Courtesy of NTD Television)
Jessie Collins attends Shen Yun Performing Arts at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater on Sunday afternoon. (Courtesy of NTD Television)

NEW YORK—The beauty and traditional principles seen in Shen Yun Performing Arts were satisfying to Jessie Collins, President of the North Bronx National Council of Negro Women.

“Tonight’s show was very exciting, rewarding,” she said. “It is a wonderful authentic lesson of 5,000 years of Chinese history.”

Shen Yun’s mission is “reviving 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture,” according to its website.

“Sophisticated dance techniques, an orchestra that combines instruments East and West, beautiful costumes, and a stunning back drop—this is Shen Yun at first glance,” explains the website. “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.”

“There is music, there is dance, it’s art, it is everything involved,” said Ms. Collins. “And it teaches a lesson that one will be rewarded for doing good in life.”

Ms. Collins was “excited, waiting for the outcome” of the dance How the Monkey King Came to Be.
“I wanted to see what was going to happen,” she explained.

In the dance, the central character in China’s classic novel Journey to the West gets himself into a humorous series of events.

“I had a sense of suspense and I am happy that everything ends showing that if you do good in life, you are going to be rewarded, and you are going to achieve justice,” emphasized Ms. Collins.

The performance is not constricted by any barriers, according to Ms. Collins. She was impressed with how “the dance reaches to everyone.”

“Everyone loves dance, performance,” she said. “That anybody can read it. You don’t have to speak the language in order to see what is going on. Body language is universal.”

Reporting by NTD Television and Zachary Stieber.

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world, with a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. Upcoming performances in the United States include Chattanooga, Tennessee, on April 24, and Columbus, Ohio, on April 26 and April 27.

For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.