Shen Yun Dancers Are ‘Talented Beyond Belief,’ Says Texas County Commissioner

Feb 21, 2024
Shen Yun Dancers Are ‘Talented Beyond Belief,’ Says Texas County Commissioner
Raymond King and his daughter, Valerie, enjoyed Shen Yun's evening performance at the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center on Feb. 20, 2024. (Sonia Wu/The Epoch Times)

MIDLAND, Texas—On Feb. 20, County Commissioner Raymond King and his daughter Valerie attended Shen Yun’s evening performance at the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center.

The duo thought the experience was wonderful.

“It was wonderful. The colors, the lights, the music, and the performance overall have been great,” Mr. King stated.

“The training they put in is evident. The work they put into it and the craftsmanship—They’re talented beyond belief.”

New York-based Shen Yun was founded by leading Chinese artists who had fled the persecution of the communist party. Their dream is to bring back the country’s 5,000 years of traditional culture destroyed by decades of communist rule.

The Shen Yun company has received overwhelmingly positive reviews from its worldwide audience since its establishment in 2006. In fact, in the 2024 touring season, these artists are slated to perform in over 200 cities.

As the county commissioner, Mr. King was happy to see the artists make a stop at Midland.

“The fact that [Shen Yun] put this together and brought it to these audiences—especially in a town like we’re in—we’re remote compared to where normally [the show] would be seen, we really appreciate this.”

Valerie, too, found the performance very uplifting.

“I really enjoyed it, and I thought it was very inspirational. It’s a beautiful piece of art,” she said.

Referring to Shen Yun’s mission to revive spirituality and bring to the public’s attention the ongoing human rights issues in modern-day China, Mr. King said the performance sent a clear message.

“The culture of what [China] was compared to what it is now, and the spirituality behind all of it—I think the flow of the show tied everything together in a way that you can understand, and you can appreciate what it was and feel for how it is now,” Mr. King expressed, adding that he enjoyed the different perspectives Shen Yun offered.

“I like the difference between the spiritualities and the different perspectives from different cultures. Sometimes, we get so shorthorned into what we see and what we do on a daily basis. It’s nice to have a different perspective on things.”

Mr. King will definitely be recommending Shen Yun to his friends and family.

“It’s a culture much older than the United States. It gives us a little bit longer timeline to look at,” he expressed. “You have to see it to understand it.”

Reporting by Sonia Wu 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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