From music to dance, Shen Yun Performing Arts received praise from around the world.
Kristin Mollenhoff, a business development executive at a multinational tech company, saw Shen Yun on Feb. 5. in Madison, Wisconsin.
“It was amazing,” she said. “The dancing was incredible and so much energy and the music was fantastic.”
Pianist Monica Miodragovic saw Shen Yun in Rosemont, Illinois. She was blown away by Shen Yun’s production.
“The elegance and poise and grace with the leaps and dances was beautiful how they executed it,” said Miodragovic.
Since ancient times, Chinese people have believed that divine beings, throughout various dynasties, transmitted China’s rich culture to humans.
However, after the Chinese Communist Party took power, it systematically destroyed the core value of Chinese culture.
Today, Shen Yun uses story-based dance and music to bring ancient Chinese culture back on stage.
“They want to bring across the spirituality and the history of China before communism,” said John Vishneski, an attorney from Reed Smith.
Vishneski also saw Shen Yun in Rosemont, Illinois. He was especially touched by the dedication of the artists.
“The pain and the suffering that people still feel from that separation of their previous culture. [It] came across very strongly,” he added. “My daughter asked me if I cried and there was a point where I did shed a tear.”
Shen Yun was started in New York in 2006 by a group of elite Chinese artists and has grown from one to seven equally large companies that tour the world simultaneously.
Despite having worldwide success, Shen Yun has never been allowed to perform in China.
In fact, the Chinese regime has repeatedly tried to sabotage Shen Yun’s performances through its embassies and consulates around the world.
“I know that there is a lot of oppression and suppression and persecution. So to see this kind of act here in the United States, it’s very inspiring,” said Mollenhoff.
Mollenhoff added that she was touched by the braveness of the company to continue to spread the truth.
“It’s courageous that they’re doing this and it lets people know that this is going on today and has been going on,” she said. “Yet here they are performing, and uplifting, and inspiring [others].”
“I think it’s really great that they’re bringing the awareness here in the Western society to that,” added Miodragovic. “I hope that the oppression will end soon.”