ORLANDO, Fla.—Thad Czapka, a realtor for Coldwell Banker and theatre donor at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, where he watched Shen Yun Performing Arts on March 18, said “this is one of the best productions I’ve seen so far!”
“This is the first time I’ve seen it and it’s amazing … I loved it,” he said, “the costumes, the design, the orchestra, everything is absolutely wonderful!”
Since 2006, Shen Yun has performed at top theatres worldwide. The company performs classical Chinese dance, ethnic, folk dances, and story-based dances, accompanied by a unique orchestra that blends traditional Chinese instruments with classical Western instruments.
Mr. Czapka was amazed by the company’s patented method of integrating a 3D animated backdrop with the stage performance. It allows the performers to seamlessly travel back and forth between the stage and the background projection.
“The choreography is amazing … and the way they do the choreography with the background screening is absolutely beautiful,” he said.
Along with myths and legends from ancient times, Shen Yun presents story-based dances portraying the persecution of Falun Dafa, a meditation discipline based on the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance.
In 1999, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched a persecution campaign against the spiritual practice, which is also called Falun Gong, and adherents have since been subjected to unprecedented imprisonment, torture, and abuse.
“It’s very educating as far as what has happened since the beginning of China to now and the struggles that they’re having with human rights,” said Mr. Czapka, “humans deserve to have the rights to live and be themselves.”
“I think it’s very important to bring it to this generation,” he said, “we all want peace, we all want to live and get along with each other [and] we want to respect each other’s backgrounds.”
Mr. Czapka was thankful to Shen Yun for “such a beautiful evening.”
“I would love to see this again,” he said.
Reporting by Nancy Ma, NTD, and Jennifer Schneider.
The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. We have covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.