Shen Yun is a “spectacular” experience, says actress and filmmaker


World-renowned classical Chinese dance show Shen Yun Performing Arts opened its second performance in Thousand Oaks, California, on March 29.

Ashley Lewis, an actress and documentary filmmaker, was captivated by everything she saw on stage.

“They’re spectacular! I don’t think they could be better,” she said.

From the orchestra, which featured a combination of Chinese and Western instruments, the moving backdrop, Lewis found the entire show to be a wholly unique experience.

“I’ve never seen anything like it, ever, and I’ve seen a lot of Broadway shows and theater around the country and in Europe,” she said.  

“The synchronicity, the beauty, the grace—it’s spiritually uplifting.”

Lewis also felt she took away an important message.

“It feels spiritual. It feels like maybe you want to pursue more of the culture. And I like the idea that they let us know that this is not available to see in China. I think this is really important for us to understand what freedom—without freedom they would not be able to do this,” she said.

“It’s extraordinary and wonderful, and I’m very happy I’m here.”

Shen Yun will be performing next in Claremont, California.