Shen Yun Transports Theatre Goers To A ‘Magical Place’

April 20, 2011 Updated: April 21, 2011

CHICAGO—“It’s just magical.” That’s what Art Institute of Chicago trained painter and performance artist Christine Jung said of the Shen Yun Performing Arts production at Chicago’s Civic Opera House on Wed., April 20.

“When a person is inspired by great beauty and simplicity, it can transport them to another place,” said the Luxemburg-born artist.

Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company aims to restore the beauty and purity of the divine-inspired traditional culture of China.

Ms. Jung seemed to pick up on this idea, saying that, as a Christian, the performance represented an embrace of the divine.

“There’s no question that the dance is beautiful and the costuming is really beautiful,” said Ms. Jung.

According to Shen Yun's website, 'Shen Yun presents colorful and exhilarating performances of classical Chinese dance and music.'

“Because in today’s world, there’s so much sadness and sorrow and so much despair.” Ms. Jung elaborated.

“When people go to be entertained, especially in a show, they want to be transported. They want to go to a magical place. They want to transcend the grotesqueness of everyday life in a sense,” she said.

“I don’t mean to sound crude about that but you only have to open a newspaper and turn on the television,” she continued, mentioning recent catastrophes.

That’s why this is so good,” she said. “I want to see more elegance, more simplicity. Just take people to that magical place, which, I think, you’re [Shen Yun Company] on the road to doing,” she said.

“I would say keep it simple and elegant and take it to that place that’s full of magic.”

Reporting by Sherry Dong and Conan Milner.

Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will perform at Chicago's Civic Opera House through April 24. For more information please visit