FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.—Tonight was the first of four Shen Yun performances, Jan. 31–Feb. 2, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Lauren Fox, vice president of Venturian Group, a leading provider of technology and consultative services, was moved by the experience.
“It was very emotional,” Ms. Fox said. “I’m glad that the culture is staying alive through this show.” She said she was sad that such a beautiful culture was being oppressed in China.
She was referring to the 5,000-year-old divine culture that flourished in China before the communist regime nearly destroyed it through systematic campaigns such as the Cultural Revolution. During that time, traditional values and beliefs, cultural sites, relics, and temples were all nearly destroyed.
Fortunately, in 2006, a group of talented classical Chinese artists joined together to revive this divinely inspired culture of China and share it with the world.
“I absolutely loved it,” Ms. Fox said. “It’s an amazing culture—amazing spirituality.”
Traditional Chinese culture includes a profound system of values. One particular concept is that man and nature must be in balance.
Ms. Fox said she recognized this sense of balance and harmony in the performance. It is something she values but doesn’t see so much in our culture, as people today are prone to selfishness and greed.
After watching tonight’s performance, she said she would like to bring her grandson to see the show.
“It’s a side of humanity we should all be familiar with—humanity and spirituality,” she said. “I just feel closer to spirituality.”
“There’s still a desire for it to exist,” Ms. Fox said of the traditional Chinese culture. She expressed sadness that young people in China today can’t know their own culture.
This is the seventh consecutive year that Shen Yun has toured in Florida, with more cities and performances than ever. This year, for the first time, the tour will include Miami (April 18–20).
Reporting by Edie Bassen and Adam Miller
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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