In 5,000 Years, We’ll Still Be Talking About How Wonderful Shen Yun Is, Says Louisiana Mayor

Feb 21, 2024
In 5,000 Years, We’ll Still Be Talking About How Wonderful Shen Yun Is, Says Louisiana Mayor
Mayor Nic Hunter (center) presenting a proclamation to the local hosts of Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Rosa Hart Theater on Feb. 20, 2024. (NTD)
LAKE CHARLES, La.—On Feb. 20, Mayor Nic Hunter of Lake Charles presented a proclamation welcoming the arrival of Shen Yun Performing Arts.

After attending the company’s evening show at the Rosa Hart Theater, Mr. Hunter said Shen Yun “was a true show of culture and amazing talent. It was a great night for the city of Lake Charles.”

“The dances were inspirational. They were wonderful, and I’ve never seen such pageantry before. It was amazing,” he added.

Shen Yun is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company. The mission of its New York-based artists is to revive China’s 5,000 years of traditional culture back to its pre-communist glory.
Mr. Hunter thoroughly enjoyed Shen Yun’s live orchestra that seamlessly combined the best of the East and the West by using a classic Western ensemble as the foundation to highlight solo, traditional Chinese instruments such as the two-stringed erhu and the pipa, an ancient Chinese lute.

Together with the dancers on stage, its powerful melodies tell enthralling tales and legends drawn from China’s history.

“To have the live music there—it wasn’t recorded, it was a live symphony—I was just inspired. It was wonderful. It was wonderful,” he said.

“To see the culture and the history all together in one night in such an amazing form was just amazing and it really makes you want to learn more about [Chinese] culture and history.”

He was especially moved by the Shen Yun performers’ presentation of their message.

“You could tell the history and culture was just ingrained within the performers. It was in their blood that they were expressing themselves so wonderfully. We’re so honored to have them here in Lake Charles,” he said.

“I think in 5,000 years, we’ll still be talking about how wonderful this performance was. It just really has inspired me.”

Accompanying Mr. Hunter was his wife, Becky, who was pleasantly surprised by what the artists had to offer.

“It was so much more than we anticipated. From the beautiful [digital backdrop projection,] the dancers, the singers, the live accompaniment of the orchestra—it was just this all-encompassing night of entertainment,” Mrs. Hunter said excitedly.

“I thought it was incredible—the feats of athleticism from the dancers. They were in complete synchronization with these minute movements. It was just very obvious that they’ve taken their discipline very seriously and their craft is impeccable. I have never seen such a variety of talented and very disciplined dancers. It was absolutely gorgeous. We would definitely come again.”

Referring to Shen Yun’s mission to bring back traditional values that were destroyed by decades of communist rule, and to raise awareness for ongoing human rights issues in modern-day China, Mr. Hunter said, “It’s important to understand that just because we see a certain nation exhibiting itself today, it doesn’t mean that it’s the entire history of that nation.”

“Chinese culture is certainly more than just what we see today in the communistic system,” he stated.

“I would say to all citizens of Lake Charles, and frankly, to all citizens of America—If this performance is in your city, you need to go see it. You need to see it because it’s inspirational, it is one of a kind, it is unique, and it is glorious.”

Reporting by NTD and Jennifer Tseng 
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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