THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.—Movie producer James Strong attended Shen Yun’s evening show at The Fred Kavli Theatre on March 14. “I saw it in an ad and told my daughter and granddaughter about it. They just had to come,” he said.
Exiting the theatre at the conclusion of the performance, Mr. Strong said he was amazed by every element of Shen Yun and thought “the whole experience was great.”
“The visual, the costumes were spectacular, the synchronization of the dancers was amazing, the acrobats were fabulous, the special effects were wonderful—You couldn’t beat this in a big budget movie!” he exclaimed.
“It was fabulous! [Shen Yun] showed that if people are more observant of other people’s cultures and the good that they have—there would be no problems in the world.”
Based in New York, Shen Yun Performing Arts is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company. To the delight of its audience worldwide, the company can be expected to present a brand-new set of programs every season.
Mr. Strong also loved the idea that the artists are reviving traditional culture.
“[Shen Yun’s] blending of yesterday into the future was magnificent! The cultural legends and myths, the grace, the charm, and the politeness were just amazing,” he expressed.
“In this country, we’ve lost all that [traditional culture.] We’ve lost family values, we’ve lost responsibility, we’ve lost respect. This shows all of that and more.”
Endowed with 5,000 years of history, China was once known as the “Land of the Divine.” For millenniums, its people believed that by keeping their hearts pure and adhering to strict moral standards, they would be blessed by the divine.
Indeed, for 5,000 years, the country prospered. However, after the communist takeover and its spread of atheism, all this traditional culture was systematically destroyed.
Today, Shen Yun’s mission is to bring back the beauty and goodness of pre-communist China.
Referring to the spiritual element of Shen Yun, Mr. Strong believed that’s something ingrained in Chinese culture since myths and legends are first brought about by spiritual beliefs and then carried on from generation to generation.
“In [ancient] China, the ordinary person is respectful of their elders. They honor their family, and they’re proud of their heritage. They carry the traditions on. We don’t do that here anymore,” he said.
“I think [Shen Yun] shows the genesis of that love and respect that young people in those days had for each other.”
Reporting by Linda Jiang 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.