Shen Yun’s Cultural Revival ‘Necessary for the Well-Being of Everyone’s Soul’ Says Art Teacher

By Catherine Yang, Epoch Times
January 11, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO—Joy was the feeling art teacher Allison Barnes and contract manager Emilio Pezzaniti had seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, Jan. 10.

“It’s necessary for the well-being of everyone’s soul,” Ms. Barnes said of New York-based Shen Yun’s mission to revive 5,000 years of the divinely inspired traditional Chinese culture.

Ms. Barnes said New York-based Shen Yun displayed a sense of overwhelming beauty, but with tradition and humor mixed in.

“I’m enjoying it,” Ms. Barnes said, adding there were parts so joyous she couldn’t stop her laughter. “It’s just very happy.”

For Ms. Barnes and Mr. Pezzaniti, the traditional culture and ancient stories were new, and they appreciated being able to experience it through art.

“A lot of people don’t understand that art actually does have a bigger influence than most people believe,” Mr. Pezzaniti said. “Because with art, you can say more than what someone can say with words. And to me, that lasts longer, and that’s something I think needs to be strived for more.”

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit Shen Yun Performing Arts.

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.

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