HOUSTON—Shen Yun Performing Arts was a cultural treat for chef and restaurant owner Patrick Lam and Adriana Coronado, the manager of medical services at Baylor College of Medicine.
“You just feel good,” Mr. Lam said after the performance at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, Jan. 6.
“It’s a true show. It’s just beautiful. I could see it everyday. I loved it,” he said.
Mr. Lam is in a unique position to appreciate culture. Born in France to Jewish parents in the year before the end of World War II, he lost his grandparents in Auschwitz and spent his life traveling the world—including to China—as a flight attendant for KLM. Before settling in Texas, he lived in Israel, Holland, and New Jersey.
The Shen Yun performers “show discipline, and compassion, and love,” he said.
Ms. Coronado, a Texas native, was also impressed with the performance.
“It was fabulous, I really enjoyed it,” she said.
“They are so graceful,” she said of the dancers.
She said watching Shen Yun reminded her that the freedoms American’s appreciate are denied to many Chinese in the mainland.
“It shows the rest of the world what they are going through over there. It’s so sad, because we are so free, and we take it we just take it for granted,” she said.
Shen Yun is a classical Chinese dance company based in New York. In addition to performing ethnic and folk dances, and stories from ancient myths and classic literature, Shen Yun tells stories from contemporary China.
Since it came to power in 1949, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has persecuted religions and denied Chinese the right to practice their spiritual beliefs freely. For the past 15 years, the CCP has heavily persecuted the spiritual discipline Falun Dafa.
This year’s Shen Yun performance has two dances based on the true stories of Falun Dafa practitioners who showed courage and compassion when attacked by CCP police.
Both Mr. Lam and Ms. Cordova said they recommend seeing Shen Yun.
I “just recommend they to go see it … It’s just wonderful,” he said.
“Definitely recommend it. It’s beautiful; they have such grace,” she said.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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.