Shen Yun ‘Allowed Us to Breathe,’ Says Audience in Paris

2022/01/20

Many audience members in France have been waiting for Shen Yun’s return. Last weekend, Shen Yun started its tour in Paris, performing in the city for the first time in two years due to the pandemic.

Some say seeing the show allows them to breathe again.

“I bought my tickets two years ago. The performance allowed us to breathe,” said Bérengère Paulack, a former book restorer.

“I’m really glad I was able to come to the show now, because it was so stunning, so unique, so wonderful, a wonderful experience for the eyes, the spirit, and the heart,” said Joao Calado, project manager of GFI.

“I noticed that there were quite a few spiritual connotations in the dances and in the texts that are written behind the dances,” said Charles Bernard, director of RCF Radio Burgundy. “That’s what touches me particularly because I myself am president of a French-speaking Christian radio.”

From legends to bygone heroes to literary classics and more, every mini-drama embodies and celebrates the virtues that were at the heart of Chinese civilization for thousands of years.

“It’s absolutely magnificent, it’s deeply moving,” said professor François Bricaire, a member of the French National Academy of Medicine. “I found the performance beautiful because it showcases the true Chinese culture, and we were honored to enjoy the extraordinary dance.”

“It is an evocation of otherworldly superior powers, the relationship between earth and heaven,” said Dr. Joëlle Dubois, a physician specializing in public health and social medicine.

Shen Yun is dedicated to presenting and preserving the ancient values of China—which had a culture widely known as divinely inspired—before communism.

“The value of Shen Yun in keeping the tradition alive is enormous. Unfortunately, China has degenerated into materialism, where the spirit and many values have disappeared or are disappearing, so a group like Shen Yun, which keeps the tradition alive, is a great asset to Chinese culture and should be continued,” said François Kimmel, partner of François Kimmel Conseil.

“It’s an experience that is an absolute must! Especially nowadays when we live too fast—it’s really something that is good for the heart and soul,” said Gilles Maroteaux, a teacher-translator.

“If we humans could become like that again, it would do a lot of people good … and probably all of mankind … I’m sorry, I’m so moved, so touched by the immense compassion and beauty … this is what we miss at this moment,” he added.

NTD News, Paris, France

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