CHEYENNE, Wyo.—Wyoming state Rep. Jared Olsen came to experience Shen Yun Performing Arts on the evening of March 15. He shared that Shen Yun made him aware of a different China.
“I think it’s a performance worth seeing. I think it shows a side of China that maybe we’re not accustomed to in today’s world. So it shows an old China, but a beautiful part of China that I think anyone can benefit from seeing,” Mr. Olsen said.
Shen Yun is based in New York and its mission is to present a China before communism to audiences. China has a history of 5,000 years, whereas the ruling Chinese Communist Party has only been in power for the last century.
“In Wyoming, we value religious freedom and, in America, we value religious freedom. It’s important. And I can see that in a country like China without religious freedom, ideas are quashed and spirituality is quashed. So my message would just be, hey, liberty is important and … religious freedom is part of those liberties,” Mr. Olsen commented.
China was a place filled with spirituality. Every dynasty looked to the heavens for guidance. Shen Yun is reviving this culture through its performances.
“From the theme, I took away that there’s a beauty behind Buddhism that I didn’t realize existed,” Mr. Olsen said.
“I would say I felt a connection with the spirituality. It was the beauty and inspiring that I took away from it,” he added.
Shen Yun puts on an all-new production each year. With five millennia of history at hand, there is no telling what Shen Yun will create next season.
“I think that culture is important, history is important, and I can see both of those aspects shining through in the performance,” Mr. Olsen said.
Shen Yun’s dancers are trained in classical Chinese dance. In order to give the audience the best, countless hours are put into training and rehearsing until the audience is presented with the final product.
“They’re in sync. That really puts on a good performance, when everyone’s in sync. Just an absolutely beautiful and divine performance,” Mr. Olsen commented.
“There’s so much energy in the performance and there’s so much color and beauty to it,” he added.
Mr. Olsen came to Shen Yun with his family and he shared that he’ll be back next time Shen Yun comes around.
“I’ve got my whole family there today and if they don’t join me in the future, I’ll definitely be out no matter what,” he said.
Reporting by NTD Television and Maria Han.
The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. We have covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.