ATLANTA—Jennifer House was amazed by the grand spectacle on stage when she saw Shen Yun Performing Arts. From the detailed costumes and skillful performers to the messages in the stories, House came out of the theater feeling enlightened and entertained.
“The performance was amazing, it was really, really good, it was very entertaining. The performers were so amazing—how much practice they must put into this, the precision and how talented they are,” said House, who is a consultant.
House saw Shen Yun at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta on April 7. The New York-based company is touring the world with the mission to bring back China’s traditional culture to the modern world.
Through 20 vignettes of classical Chinese dances, folk and ethnic dances, story-based dances, and solo musicians, Shen Yun takes audience members on a journey through 5,000 years of civilization and history.
House said she was intrigued by some of the story-based dances, in particularly the piece depicting real-life human rights abuses in modern China, under communist rule.
“It’s one of the scenes [that] especially reminded me that everybody doesn’t have the religious freedom that we have in our country,” House said.
“Here we are welcome to worship and praise whatever we like to, but I know other countries aren’t that way, so that was a good reminder how fortunate we are in the States to be able to do that—that religious freedom,” she added.
These stories portray themes like spiritual devotion, the benevolence of gods, good and evil retribution, and the search for the meaning of life, according to the company’s website. Such values are foundational to traditional Chinese culture and are not political in nature. Instead, they aim to inspire audience members and encourage them to reflect on themselves and the world around them.
“I know there were a lot of scenes about good versus evil and the goodness always prevails at the end, I thought that was really interesting as well,” House said.
With reporting by NTD Television.
The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time and has covered audience reactions since the company’s inception in 2006.