MOBILE, Ala.—For the younger generation growing up in the United States, the culture and customs of other countries are usually foreign and even difficult to understand. Shen Yun Performing Arts is presenting the best of China before communism to audiences.
“I brought my daughter. I had no idea what to expect and I haven’t been to anything close to this in my life. So it’s just been a great daddy-daughter date night. She has a lot of questions. She’s 10, so she’s trying to understand some of it. But it’s been very beautiful,” said Chris Brown, a business owner.
Shen Yun is based in New York and it is using classical Chinese dance to tells stories of ancient and present-day China. According to its website, its mission is to show the beauty and goodness of “China before communism.”
Although the Chinese Communist Party continues to commit crimes against humanity, there are Chinese people who hold on to the traditional culture, which Shen Yun shows as well, each dance carrying a message of hope.
“She’s got some questions she’s trying to ask. You know, I was trying to explain to her what communism is and you know what the Chinese people have been through and what it used to be like,” said Mr. Brown.
Shen Yun is using its art to allow people to see beyond what the Chinese Communist Party lets people see. After attending Shen Yun’s performance, many audience members are reminded of the freedom they have living in the United States.
“Sometimes we take for granted the country that we live in over here and it really brings it back down to [the fact that] we really got it good. There’s a lot of other people all over the world that don’t. There’s been a couple of emotional moments, just making you really think,” shared Mr. Brown.
No matter the language or nationality, the belief in a higher power is universal. Mr. Brown felt that in Shen Yun.
“I think it means more to just be a good person. I think we’ll get to where we need to be just by taking care of each other and being good on earth,” he said.
Each of Shen Yun’s eight companies has its own live orchestra. The ensemble is the only one in the world to have traditional Chinese instruments as permanent members of its otherwise classical Western orchestra.
“I mean it just flowed, the dancing and the music kind of flows together. It’s pretty awesome,” said Mr. Brown.
“So very talented. I mean the musicians to the artists, dancers, everybody’s been so talented. It’s been awesome,” he added.
Reporting by Yawen Hung and Maria Han.
The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. We have covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.