FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.—“We’re seeing the culture itself,” Frank Lind said after the first half of Shen Yun. He and Kathleen Lind attended the Shen Yun performance at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on the evening of Feb. 1.
The way the culture is reflected through song and dance is unique, he said. “It’s something that is very imaginative.”
It is not only good entertainment, but also has a spiritual level, he said. “Also, the spiritualism behind it is something that we need.”
He said he felt that divinity itself had drawn them to the performance: “To us, it was somewhat surprising because it just kind of brought us here.”
Mr. Lind said he knew that the culture portrayed by Shen Yun was not that of contemporary China.
Decades under communism have all but destroyed the traditional culture and its values—“principles such as benevolence and justice, propriety and wisdom, respect for the heavens, and divine retribution,” the Shen Yun website states. “Originating from Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism, these ideals are the essence of traditional Chinese culture.”
Shen Yun’s mission is to restore China’s true, traditional culture and share it with the world through the performing arts.
Ms. Lind also enjoyed the spiritualism of the traditional culture that Shen Yun presented. She said had been a ballerina for the major part of her life and enjoyed the dancing very much.
Reporting by Marie Yeung and Louise Rothman
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit Shen Yun Performing Arts.
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