WASHINGTON—“I feel that [Shen Yun’s performance] really offered individuals a chance to experience peace, a chance to experience an importance that truth is very simple. Truth is very, very simple,” said Ms. Jenna Maharaja, head of the Meditation Museum in Silver Springs, Virginia. She saw the Shen Yun New York Company at Kennedy Center on Jan. 25.
Ms. Maharaja felt that Shen Yun invites audiences to “be more divine and more elevated.”
She said she felt that it strengthened the “power of the human soul” and encouraged clear thinking about life.
“So the performance tonight, from my perspective: I was looking at its truth, its simplicity, its purity, its innocence—and these are the basics of life. And these are the things we will have to return to at some point,” said Ms. Maharaja.
“Performances like this … give us a chance to remember what is real and what is true,” she added.
Ms. Maharaja said Falun Gong’s “consistent sincerity, and their consistent love of truth for what they are doing, helps everyone that they come into connection with.” Falun Gong is an ancient method of exercise and meditation. Two of the dances are contemporary stories about Falun Gong practitioners in mainland China, where the spiritual practice is persecuted.
Universal values are intrinsic in every human being, and performances like this are beneficial to everyone, she added.
The New York-based Shen Yun has been touring throughout Asia, Europe and North America since 2006, earning critical acclaim from all corners of the earth.
Reporting by Kitty Wang and Andrea Hayley
Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will be performing in Washington, D.C., at The Kennedy Center Opera House through to Jan. 30. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org