Shen Yun’s Story Dance Stirs Emotion

April 18, 2011 Updated: April 20, 2011

YUANLIN, Taiwan—Among the audience of the Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company’s evening performance April 17, in the Changhua County Yuanlin Performance Hall, were Ms. Qian, an immigrant from China, and her friends.

“Really beautiful backdrop scenes! Very wonderful! The dancers’ skills are at a rather high level! The orchestra is also very good! Never have I watched a performance like this!” said Ms. Qian upon her first time watching Shen Yun since immigrating from China to Taiwan in November 2010.

Ms. Qian said that she had heard of the Shen Yun performance, but never had an opportunity to see it. In China she used to run a travel agency and a hotel, and sell auto parts or accessories, and had attended numerous performances. Yet, upon watching one program in Shen Yun’s performance today, she had been moved to tears.

The overall performance, said Ms. Qian, allowed her to witness “the reflection of China’s 5,000 years of civilization” which had been destroyed by the communist regime.

“I enjoy every program,” she said, particularly the dance Our Story. The scene in which a respected teacher is subject to brutal persecution for her belief in the spiritual practice called Falun Gong, was a reminder of her personal experience of persecution during the Cultural Revolution. Sympathizing deeply with the persecuted character in the dance, she was moved to tears.

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