For many audience members originally from China, seeing 5,000 years of Chinese culture presented on stage was a wonderful experience.
Based in New York and independent of the Chinese regime, Shen Yun was founded in 2006 upon a mission to revive the Middle Kingdom’s divinely inspired culture. The company presents this ancient heritage through magnificent classical Chinese dance and music.
Mark, a Chinese student studying in Canada, said he felt very moved and proud to see so many non-Chinese audience members attend the performance. He said that he believes Shen Yun makes a great contribution to the promotion of traditional Chinese culture.
“Chinese culture is very broad and profound, with a long history, but there are not many channels for actively promoting it,” Mark said.
“It is very heartwarming to be able to see Shen Yun in Hamilton.”
Seeing China’s culture and history presented on stage made Mark homesick, he said, but very excited at the same time.
And it gave him an even greater appreciation for Chinese culture after seeing the world-class production, with its colourful animated backdrops depicting breathtaking scenes, and the harmony of the music played by Shen Yun’s live orchestra accompanying the dances.
“After watching Shen Yun, I feel a greater love for my culture,” Mark said. “The performance was very creative. I think there is no other show that can perform with such unity and coordination.”
Mr. Zheng, a Hamilton resident originally from Fujian, China, also attended Shen Yun’s performance on Jan. 12.
His friends had recommended the show to him and he said he was amazed and pleasantly surprised that most of the audience members were non-Chinese and they seemed to enjoy the performance very much.
“In China, you cannot see a performance like this,” Mr. Zheng said, noting that he had never seen a performance of this calibre in China.
Mr. Zheng especially praised one of the dance pieces that portrayed the persecution of the Falun Gong spiritual discipline in today’s China under the communist regime.
“The Chinese Communist Party holds so much power, yet it cannot suppress Falun Gong,” he said. “I really admire Falun Gong practitioners.”
Mr. Zheng said he will tell his family members and friends that they should attend the Shen Yun performance so that they can also experience the traditional culture and values that Shen Yun presents.
These values will certainly help China, he said. If they can be spread in China, “society will surely become stable,” said Mr. Zheng.
Reporting by Teng Dongyu, Zhou Xing, and Virginia Wu
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s World Company will perform in Hamilton for one more show Sunday before going on to Kitchener-Waterloo. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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.