Shen Yun Is a Good Reminder That There’s so Much Strength in Community, Says Texas Theatergoer

Feb 18, 2024
Shen Yun Is a Good Reminder That There’s so Much Strength in Community, Says Texas Theatergoer
Ryan Alexiadis and Victoria Castro attended Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 17, 2024. (Sonia Wu/The Epoch Times)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas—On Feb. 17, mathematician Ryan Alexiadis and speech therapist Victoria Castro enjoyed Shen Yun’s evening show for the second time at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

“It’s awesome. It’s really, really good. I think they did a really good balance with the music and the outfits,” Ms. Castro said. “The way it just comes together, it’s cohesive. It’s super cohesive. So, it’s a really good show.”

The mission of New York-based Shen Yun is to bring back China’s lost culture and its belief in the divine through beautiful art.
In addition to classical Chinese, ethnic, and folk dances, as well as solo musical performances, Shen Yun artists are dedicated to raising awareness about ongoing human rights issues under the rule of the Chinese Communist Party in present-day China.

“I liked that it really shows the reality of how it is in other parts of the world. Over here, we’ve been a little bit spoiled for the last 20 years in America. It’s good to see in other parts of the world, how people band together to overcome [adversities,]” Mr. Alexiadis expressed.

“With the way things are now, you can lose sight of what’s important. I think [Shen Yun] really shows the importance of certain things that societies can forget. So, I like coming here and being reminded of some things that maybe I forgot too.”
Ms. Castro couldn’t agree more. She added that Shen Yun is a reminder that in America “we really don’t acknowledge the freedom that we have.”

“Your day-to-day just goes by, and you don’t think about what the freedoms are that we have and how we get to just live our lives. The message that [the show] carries—It’s a good reminder that there is value in tradition. There is so much strength in community,” she said.

Shen Yun’s orchestra features a classic Western ensemble as the foundation while highlighting traditional Chinese instruments like the pipa, an ancient Chinese lute, and erhu, a two-stringed instrument.

Mr. Alexiadis greatly enjoyed the live performance because “it’s really fun to watch.”

“The musicians are top tier. They’re good when I listen, and now, I can see them too—It’s even more fun because you can see when each sound comes,” he stated. “That’s good music, great costumes, good colors, great theater, and nice people.”

Ms. Castro, on the other hand, loved Shen Yun’s patented 3D backdrop projections that seamlessly blended the story characters with innovative digital images on stage.

“I love it. I think they do a perfect balance of technology and realism. They really got the blend right.”

Since Shen Yun’s advent in 2006, the performing arts company has grown to become a global sensation with eight equally sized companies. This year, they are set to perform in over 200 cities around the world.

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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