Shen Yun Shows Depth of Chinese History, Says National Institute Director

January 8, 2015 Updated: January 9, 2015

HOUSTON—Shen Yun Performing Arts has depth and breadth, according to Dr. Jeffrey Sutton, physician, scientist, and director of a major research institute. “I think the extent of the culture, and the way in which it is expressed, was just spectacular,” Dr. Sutton said about Shen Yun.

“The integration of the dance and the music and colors, and the excitement that the performers had, really captured so many important aspects of the Chinese culture … how important it is to convey and express the importance of the history, and also that some problems still exist.”

All of these aspects together make Shen Yun an impressive performance, according to Dr. Sutton.

He is a medical doctor and also holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics. Throughout his impressive career, he has been involved in research, education, clinical care, and administration in top institutes including Harvard and MIT. He is currently the director of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, a consortium of academic institutions established by NASA to research health issues related to space missions.

Dr. Sutton watched Shen Yun on its last day in Houston on Jan. 7 at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts.

“I think what [Shen Yun] shows is really the depth and the breadth of so much history, so many beautiful stories and tales, that are really timeless and international, and really spread the importance, convey the universality of Chinese arts to everyone.”

Based in New York, Shen Yun was formed by a group of classical Chinese artists who aim to revive China’s divinely inspired culture.

“For 5,000 years divine culture flourished in the land of China. Humanity’s treasure was nearly lost, but through breathtaking music and dance, Shen Yun is bringing back this glorious culture,” according to the Shen Yun website.

Dr. Sutton said that Shen Yun’s performance is done in such a way that audience members can easily connect to the show.

“One can relate through music and through dance, and through the visual expression in the performance,” he said.

Shen Yun, expresses beauty, which is “the positive aspect of human existence,” he added.

“By that, I mean a humility, a sense of generosity, and in the sense of respect that there are powers behind those of ourselves, a wisdom.”

The fact that it changes and it is fresh every year, is even better.
— Dr. Jeffrey Sutton
What makes the company even more impressive is that it has a new line up of all new programs each year.

“The fact that it changes and it is fresh every year, is even better, it is a lot of work.”

Reporting by Sherry Dong

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit

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