The Shen Yun Performing Arts is once again journeying to the West. Its first stop is Colorado Springs, Colorado, at Pikes Peak Center For The Performing Arts. The company received proclamations from the Senate, House, and two cities welcoming the show to Colorado.
Jeff and Anna Hunter, co-owners of Upstream, a medical technology company, attended the opening performance on July 27.
“I just soaked it all in,” said Mrs. Hunter. “The sounds, the orchestra, the colors, the dancers, all the beauty of the movement. It was wonderful.”
“I appreciated the themes of, you know, a creator and a heaven, and divine beings with eternal aspects,” said Mr. Hunter.
“I studied Chinese culture in college,” said Karl Fruendt, a military officer at the Peterson Air Force Base. “Tonight gave me the opportunity to take what I had studied in the past and bring it together in a cultural way that really gave me a greater appreciation of the Chinese culture and why it’s so important that this message gets out to the rest of the world.”
Shen Yun’s mission is to revive China’s 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture, much of which was destroyed in the last century by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
“The real China is the Chinese people. And the beauty of their culture is on display here, right now,” said Don Kammer, Satellite Operations Mission Assurance Lead.
“I was very moved,” said his wife, Lynda Jo Kammer, a writing professional. “To watch it in dance, in that short of a period of time, has encapsulated the suffering.”
“The Chinese people are a wonderful culture. But their government and their politics have invaded it and destroyed their images, their own people. And this makes it more real, more understandable,” she added.
The performance depicts how the CCP persecutes people for their faith in the divine.
“It made me more aware, in a very real way. I know those things, but to see it played out and portrayed was very … kind of hit me in the stomach. And it was very profound, made the reality much more real,” said Mrs. Hunter.
“I began thinking about what the Chinese culture may be portrayed as today, with the CCP and the influence [it has] on propaganda and media, and [that] it could get skewed,” said Mr. Hunter. “And performances like this kind of recapture, I think, a little more of the history of the Chinese people that might help the world.”
The troupe heads for Greeley next.
NTD News, Colorado Springs, Colo.