Shen Yun’s Vision Moves Energy Company President

AUSTIN, Texas—”The dedication, the vision to create a show like this, that is moving to me,” said Mike Carnahan, president of Sunergy Solutions, after watching Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Long Center for the Performing Arts, in Austin Dec. 29.

Based in New York, Shen Yun was formed by a group of artists from around the world in 2006 to revive 5,000 years of Chinese civilization. Through the performing arts, the once almost lost, divinely inspired culture comes to life.

“[There’s] quite a few things that touch my heart,” said Mr. Carnahan, a longtime energy business consultant. Mr. Carnahan, who was unable to make the performance last year, attended Sunday with his young son and said he plans to come back.

Shen Yun presents traditional Chinese culture, but many key values—such as respect for the heavens—are frowned upon in China today under the current regime. China is the only place Shen Yun has not been able to perform, the emcees explained.

Mr. Carnahan said he had not realized that the culture was as deeply spiritual as demonstrated through the music and dance of Shen Yun. He also had not realized that Shen Yun could not perform in China.

“We’re very fortuned to see it here,” Mr. Carnahan said. He was also glad that his son was able to see Shen Yun and learn more about other cultures and their histories.

“Preservation of the heritage, preservation of old stories. I think we all shared that,” Mr. Carnahan said.

“It is moving. It is light and a feel-good feeling,” Mr. Carnahan said. “This is a good way to spend the afternoon.”

Reporting by Stacy Chen and Catherine Yang

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