Mother’s Wish to See Shen Yun Finally Comes True

Mother’s Wish to See Shen Yun Finally Comes True
Deborah Davis at the Shen Yun Performing Arts performance at Terrace Theater on March 19, 2023. (Jana Li/The Epoch Times)

LONG BEACH, Calif.—Time is one of the most precious resources and time with our loved ones is invaluable. Shen Yun Performing Arts is an experience that is perfect for a family, but what happens when the time with our loved ones runs out?

“My mom, it was on her bucket list. She wanted to see it,” Deborah Davis, a hospital administrator, said emotionally.

“My dad just passed away last year, March 11th. So this is one of the things she wanted to see before. She couldn’t see it with him, but I’m taking her here. They were married 60 years. She’s enjoying it a lot. The whole way down, she [was saying] ‘I can’t believe we’re coming to see this, finally.’”

Shen Yun is based in New York, and it strives to show the beauty of China before communism. Throughout China’s 5,000 years, values like loyalty, filial piety, and a strong belief in the divine were common. 

“It was very special and meaningful to see my mom connect with the pieces and the message,” shared Ms. Davis.

After seeing Shen Yun, Ms. Davis’s mother was finally able to check it off of her bucket list.

“She likes it a lot. She’s so glad that she finally gets to see it. She’s sad that my dad’s not here to see it with her,” said Ms. Davis.

Shen Yun’s artists are trained in classical Chinese dance. This dance form has thousands of years of history and is one of the most comprehensive dance systems in the world.
“It’s spectacular. I like the costumes, the music, the stories behind each piece. She’s really enjoying it. I’m enjoying it,” said Ms. Davis.
Shen Yun draws inspiration from Chinese history, literature, and mythology. Each piece is a slice of culture.

“You can see the passion, the history, it’s just so expressive. I think they’re spectacular. They’re beautiful in their movements,” said Ms. Davis.

“It’s very sacred. It’s very personal. It’s very meaningful. It’s very deep in everything,” she added.

Shen Yun’s use of the digital backdrop is patented. The backdrop allows the dancers to change scenes in an instant, without the hassle of traditional scenic designs.

“I enjoy every piece. I think the one with the pixies and the dragon, the way that they did that, that was pretty unexpected. How they take the screen and they pop out on real life, that was really good,” commented Ms. Davis.

Reporting by Jana Li and Maria Han.
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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