Conrad Denke, a film producer, writer, and production manager, thinks that if people want to learn more about China or the direction today’s China should be going towards, they should watch Shen Yun.
Mr. Denke watched Shen Yun in Seattle on April 7.
“The incredible detail, and the skill level that is so high and so coordinated and so beautiful with the music and the dance, and the color and the backgrounds, and everything together…it captures China in a whole new way. I see China now with whole new eyes; I’m very grateful for that,” he said.
“If somebody wants to know about China, there is nothing better than seeing Shen Yun, because it’s a powerful representation of what China is, and should be.”
Mr. Denke’s observation of Shen Yun is in line with the New York-based classical Chinese dance and music company’s mission: reviving China’s millennia-old divinely-inspired culture.
“Shen Yun has brought back something incredible that the world needs to see. It’s so amazing, so beautiful, so powerful, and [Shen Yun’s] stories of oppression and overcoming oppression are extraordinary. I loved it,” Mr. Denke said.
The spiritual aspects of the performance also resonated with Mr. Denke, who thought the performance portrayed very deep meanings.
“I’m a spiritual person myself, but I truly believe that God ordained to us as people, and Chinese people have something amazing that I was not aware of because I think communism suppressed some of that spirituality, and this is a way of bringing it out again and keeping it alive. It’s true that love, spirit, and just an understanding of God, or whatever you want to call the great creator, is captured alive through the art. [Shen Yun is] doing a wonderful job of that.”
As an artist himself, Mr. Denke was amazed by the beauty of the performance.
“It’s a bond between cultures that you understand when you share the art, the music, the beautiful, beautiful dancers, and the incredible colors… It’s overwhelming. I’ve been all over the world, I’ve never seen anything like this.”
Fang Liu and Yongjin Zhang, NTD News, in Seattle, WA contributed to this report.