Shen Yun Presents a Message of Kindness

Feb 18, 2024
Shen Yun Presents a Message of Kindness
The Martinez family attended Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, in San Antonio, Texas, on Feb. 17, 2024. (Yeawen Hung/The Epoch Times)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas—When Shen Yun Performing Arts presented a show at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio, Texas, on Feb. 17, Jonathan and Teresa Martinez brought their granddaughter to enjoy the performance. “Our granddaughter loves it,” Mr. Martinez said.

“She loves to come every year, so we bring her with us,” Mrs. Martinez said. “She’s the one that suggested [going to Shen Yun.] ‘Oh, don’t forget, we have to go watch the show this year.’ So we got tickets last month.”

Mrs. Martinez said she and her family come every year. “It was spectacular. Beautiful: the choreography, the performances. Every year is different, and we are excited to come back every year,” she said.

She said how much she valued the stories presented from other cultures. “Very nice messages behind every performance. I like that. It’s very nice to get to see other cultures. I’m Mexican, so we have our culture, but to see and to learn traditions and beliefs from other cultures, it’s just educational.”

Through classical Chinese dance and music, Shen Yun is sharing with the world the beauty of China’s 5,000 years of history. Since its founding in 2006, the company has received worldwide accolades for its mission to revive traditional Chinese culture.

Shen Yun presents many stories from China’s history and Mrs. Martinez liked them all. “I think all of them had a different message, but I do like the one with the kindness, and the education. I think we all strive to have our kids to be successful and explore the world, but keep in mind to be kind, and take care of our earth, and the city, and the animals.”

Mrs. Martinez noted a universal message from Shen Yun: “In general, just be a good person, and be kind. I think kindness is a known language around the world, so be kind. I think that’s very nice.”
Shen Yun has also been an educational experience for her and her family. “I love the way our tradition teaches our kids to keep our traditions going, to keep them alive, [even as] our technology and everything keeps [progressing],” she said.

“I think we need to remember where we came from, where our ancestors came from, and to keep that alive. I think that’s important. To me, that’s very important: teaching my girls where they came from, to keep that tradition, not to forget where our ancestors came from and our culture more than anything,” she said.

Mr. Martinez spoke of Shen Yun’s mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. “I think it’s great. I think it’s amazing. They should. Everybody’s culture and tradition should always be remembered,” he said. The spiritual message also impressed him. “It’s just that to be good, just to have that relationship, to have that relationship with your god. Absolutely.”

Shen Yun brought new insights to the family, and Mrs. Martinez said that life is a constant journey of discovery and wisdom. “Always keep learning and keeping [cultural traditions] alive. Teaching our children and our grandchildren, and even people that aren’t like me.

“We were not born in the United States, [but] our kids are born in the United States,” she said. Mrs. Martinez said they need to pass down their traditions to future generations. “You know, [it’s important] to keep our traditions going, to teach them our food, our music, our instruments, just all of that. I think it’s important.”

‘The opening scene was just so mesmerizing’

Laura Valenin attended Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio, Texas, on Feb. 17, 2024. (Yeawen Hung/The Epoch Times)
Laura Valenin attended Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio, Texas, on Feb. 17, 2024. (Yeawen Hung/The Epoch Times)
Former Latin dance teacher Laura Valentin came to Shen Yun with her daughter and had positive words for Shen Yun’s performance, especially the dance. “I found the show to be exquisite. The dancing was so heartwarming and professional. I truly enjoyed the meticulousness of the steps and just the beauty and wonder of the Chinese culture,” she said.

The opening scene of the Creator coming to save mankind impressed Ms. Valentin. “The opening scene was just so mesmerizing, and it was just so magnificent. It set the stage for the whole show: just the beauty and the wonderment of it all just was captivating.”

The spiritual aspects of the dance fascinated Ms. Valentin. “I did feel the [spirituality] of the dance, and the peacefulness that it provided. Just calming and soothing. It was just such a quiet moment within oneself to just really truly reflect,” she said.

She had high praise for how the dancers interpreted China’s traditional culture. “I think they did that exquisitely. Absolutely exquisitely. Tying in just the meaning of the spirit, and the art with the dance. Just that expressiveness was truly just a momentous experience.”

She expressed effusive gratitude to the performers. “I would love to say thank you for your dedication to the craft, and just your meticulousness with the steps, and the beauty that you translated in the Shen Yen program. Those of us who were here and captivated by these moments were just truly astonished at such work. Thank you so much for this experience.”

With shows scheduled in over 200 cities and across five continents, the 2024 touring season is shaping up to be the artists’ busiest yet.
Reporting by Yeawen Hung and Yvonne Marcotte.
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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