Israeli Audience Marvels at Shen Yun

April 22, 2023

Shen Yun Performing Arts wrapped up a week of performances in Tel Aviv, Israel, on April 13. Audience members said it’s a treat for their souls.

“Wow! The show is great, it’s colorful, uplifting. Like one big chef’s tasting menu of Chinese culture. To be honest, I’m not a big dance fan, and still, I find it incredible. I don’t recall seeing a show that’s even close to what I see here today,” said Zvica Goltzman, vice president of the Growth Division of the Israel Innovation Authority.

“I was very, very impressed. First of all, the music is pleasant, relaxing, and different. Very enjoyable to watch. I would especially like to mention the baritone. What an experience, the music—to listen to opera singing, also with the translation in the background, it’s very touching,” said Gil Bar Ziv, CEO of a hotel in Tel Aviv.

“I saw the show and I was in awe. The show is spectacular, colorful. It penetrates the heart, exciting. And I learned from the show today that it is also possible to heal people through music,” said Deborah Hasid, CEO of Maccabi Natural. “I take that with me and I will try to incorporate it.”

“These musicians bring another dimension to the whole performance. And the fact that it is live music, it’s a very good feeling,” said Margalith Sapir, a former curator of the Beit Hatfutsut Museum.

Audience members said Shen Yun brought hope and delivered an important message.

“Magnificent! Beautiful, aesthetic, uplifting, really. In these troubled days that we all experience in this country … beauty and truth will prevail, really. Because there is a universal message here, in this show, very beautiful. Uplifting,” said Nahshon Lavit, a physician.

“There is the very clear initial message of artistic quality, and the Chinese beauty, both in the aspect of the dance and in the aspect of the costume and also in the aspect of all the technology accompanying it. But behind it there are many, many messages of past versus future, present as well, and the fact of democracy and the meaning of democracy. So it is very relevant to what is happening here [in Israel] today,” said Miki Halberthal, CEO of Rambam Health Care Campus.

“I think this performance combines all of these things together, the beauty of music, the beauty of movement, the beauty of perfection, the compassion between human beings. I think it’s the power of this show that is outstanding,” said Ms. Hasid.

One of the pieces in the performance showed the current persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners in China under the Chinese communist regime, taking many forms including organ harvesting.

“I think that to many in the audience that are unaware of what the Communist Party in China is doing today to Chinese in China who continue and try to continue to adhere to Falun Dafa, this show is a wake-up call that the Western world needs to rise and wake up,” said professor Jay Lavee, who is also director of the heart transplantation unit aa Sheba Medical Center.

Mr. Lavee initiated the Israeli Organ Transplant Law in 2008 together with Israel’s Parliament, and it significantly reduced outgoing transplant tourism from Israel and blocked outgoing transplant patients to China.

Following this example, other countries changed their national transplant laws too.

Theatergoers also appreciated Shen Yun’s mission to revive Chinese culture from before communism and shared their takeaways from the performance.

“I think it’s important to bring back to all of us the innocence and integrity and the inner faith,” said Mr. Lavit.

“There were messages aimed at inspiring, of extraordinary things, an elevation above the ground, above nature, and looking at nature from above. If I explain a little, the things that relate to heaven and earth, the theme of the universe, the theme of nature,” said David Granot, independent director of Bezeq Israel Telecom.

“I would tell my friends, ‘You must see [Shen Yun] once in your life. You must see it, to get to know it. This is another world, you must get to know it,'” said Dr. Yuli Minkov.

Due to popular demand, Shen Yun added two additional performances, ending with eight performances in Tel Aviv.

NTD News, Tel Aviv, Israel