Shen Yun Thrilling, Captures the Imagination, Says Former Senior State Official

January 15, 2015

SACRAMENTO—Kenneth and Diane Wagstaff had a memorable experience at the second performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Sacramento Community Center Theater on Jan. 14.

“It’s marvelous,” Mr. Kenneth said.

Before retirement, Mr. Wagstaff worked as a health policymaker and program executive for the California state government. He also served as the mayor of Davis, Calif., for a period of time, and continues to be active in his community.

Shen Yun is “thrilling—it captures your imagination,” Mr. Wagstaff said.

Really wonderful! It just touched my heart.
— Diane Wagstaff
“Really wonderful! It just touched my heart,” added Mrs. Wagstaff, a violin teacher.

“It was just so emotional, the stories, and the costumes, and the beauty of everything—I’m just going to go home and feel it for a long time. It was very, very good,” she said.

Based in New York, Shen Yun presents classical Chinese dance and music. The company is known for staging exhilarating and culturally rich performances that revive China’s divinely inspired culture.

“I can’t explain it, except that I feel so happy, and I feel so touched, and so beautiful inside—I loved everything,” Mrs. Wagstaff said.

Throughout the performance, Mr. Wagstaff said he could see that spirituality in China has a deep foundation and will pass the test of time.

“Spiritual wisdom among the Chinese survives, and it will survive long after the present regime,” he said.

“The heart beats [defeats] the anger, the goodness beats the anger,” Mrs. Wagstaff chimed in.

“The good guys win!” Mr. Wagstaff concluded.

Reporting by Gary Wang and Omid Ghoreishi

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