“I feel choked up. I have compassion, hunger for their history, and how hard they work to perform so beautifully for us. … It touched my heart.”
“[I get] the inspiration that I can be humble, kind, and have heart like they do, their feelings, their emotions—if I could have that within me as they presented it onstage. And that's why I can't stop cheering for them. They're beautiful.
“The most emotional [piece] is when they were going through their times when they were persecuted by the communists. That touched me because I know how much they lost, and how much they have to heal inside for all that they've been through.”
“I just appreciate their performance and how they present it for everybody. It's time, it's work, it's effort. And they're so on-time. They work together.”
“Words can't express how they perform, words cannot express it. This is my third time [watching Shen Yun].”
“I don't know how to present how much I love what they do and how they have the intelligence to do all this to present it to the people. They did a marvelous job. Words cannot explain more than marvelous. I thank God that they gained such intelligence to do this. I'm so grateful that they had the intelligence to be able to bring this together. I'm so choked up, I really am.”
“When that [the last piece] came on, it gave me the hope and feeling that there's more in the heavens for us. When we pass away we don't really die. We're going to have a better life in a more awesome, radiant, heavenly [way] than we can even imagine, and they made it almost so real, almost like this is what to expect.
“It gives us hope that there's a better beyond. It's a better life that we all will be one. It's awesome, beautiful work.”
“I'm 81 years old and I'm glad to see it, and I hope to live to 100 to see more. I'll tell everyone to come.”
Shen Yun Touring Company
In 2006, Chinese artists who wanted to revive China’s authentic traditional culture and share it with the world established Shen Yun Performing Arts in New York. Shen Yun has since grown to five companies that tour the world, performing in over 150 theaters each year.
A couple of Shen Yun’s dances tell stories based on the ongoing persecution of Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) in China today. When the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) realized that the number of people practicing Falun Gong—with its tenets of Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance—surpassed the Party’s membership, the CCP launched a campaign in 1999 to wipe out the practice by any means.
Ancient Chinese culture was said to be divinely inspired. Its beliefs stemmed from the core value of harmony between heaven, earth, and humankind. Accordingly, the Chinese practiced self-cultivation and endeavored to live by principles such as justice, wisdom, propriety, and benevolence. Shen Yun reflects these ideas in its very name, which means the beauty of divine beings dancing.