WOKING, U.K.—Beautiful, athletic dance moves impressed Louise Morales, who attended the Shen Yun Performing Arts presentation at the New Victoria Theatre. “Absolutely split-second timing with the whole lot of them spot on,” Ms. Morales said.
The brilliant timing and moves reflect the 5,000 years of Chinese culture that New York-based Shen Yun is reviving in its performances. Ms. Morales, a councilor in Old Woking, appreciated the energy, color, and exuberance of the performers.
“Such fantastic colors; love the special effects and the computer-generated backgrounds which fitted with the timing of the dancers,” she said.
For the performers to share China’s traditional culture before communism, Ms. Morales said the performers “have to have an understanding of their roots. It’s really important that people know that tradition was there long, long before—thousands of years ago—and it should never be squashed.”
Unable to be Seen in China
Ms. Morales said the performance should be seen everywhere, in even in China, where it is banned.
“I think the Chinese people need to understand their roots,” she said.
Using superlatives, she said, “the idea of such a fantastically qualified dance [company] doing such a fantastic dance; the idea that it can’t be seen there, I find that quite sad.”
Shen Yun currently has eight companies traveling around the world, performing an all-new show in 2023.
“Shen Yun” means “the beauty of divine beings dancing” and Ms. Morales concurred that the “spiritual side added to the emotion of the show very much.”
Massage therapist Justine Antoski and martial arts master Kiri Antoska at the Shen Yun Performing Arts performance at Woking, U.K., on Jan. 4, 2023. (Mary Zhang/Epoch Times)
Martial arts master Kire Antoski loved “the spiritual side, that feel of the divine. I think it just fills people with hope.”
Justine Antoska said the performance shows “what we’re capable of” and that everyone needs hope.
Ms. Antoska, a massage therapist, said that truth, compassion, and forbearance are “essential with everything.” She felt that Shen Yun embraced everything. ‘It’s about what humanity is about—at its core,” she explained.
Mr. Antoski was glad to see “the old values are still there” as shown in the dance stories.
“I liked that human nature is very much two sides—the ugly side— then there’s that wonderful side; the compassionate side, the empathetic side, where you know, we show how good we can be,” Ms. Antoska said.
Reporting by NTD, Mai Lei and Yvonne Marcotte.
The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. We have covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.