Chinese Culture is ‘Something to Revere and Celebrate,’ Says Former Mayor After Seeing Shen Yun

March 23, 2023 ShareSHARE

VANCOUVER, Canada—Former Mayor of Lillooet and retired mining engineer Peter Busse and his wife, Vera Busse, a retired politician, watched Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Mar. 22.

“It was amazing. Absolutely amazing,” said Mrs. Busse.

Based in New York, Shen Yun was founded in 2006 and quickly became the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company. Now with eight equally sized companies touring the world simultaneously, Shen Yun’s mission is to revive traditional Chinese culture.

Mr. Busse was deeply appreciative of China’s culture and history.

“It was a rich, deep culture that began a lot of things—technology, civil society, everything—you could even trace it back,” he said. “It’s something to revere and celebrate. I just love it. I just thought it was amazing. It grounds you; we’ve come a long way from way back.”

Mr. and Mrs. Busse were also very impressed by Shen Yun’s patented live animated backdrop, which allows performers to move between the stage and the background.

As for what Shen Yun can teach its Western audiences, Mrs. Busse said, “I think especially at this time with what’s going on with China, with everything, I think it gives you sort of a grounding and maybe a feeling of sympathy … [You see] people that have worked hard and lived hard and are now going through trying times like all of us. So I felt that. I felt it (Shen Yun) brought that out.”

“You guys keep up the good work,” said Mr. Busse, who shared that he found the performance extremely refreshing and that “we’ll be here every year. We’re coming every year. And we are going to spread the word around.”

Reporting by Ryan Moffatt and Wandi Zhu

The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. We have covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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