Universal Message in Shen Yun

ST. LOUIS—The descending wind chill was temporarily forgotten for two hours on Feb. 22 in the Gateway City once the dazzling warmth and high-energy matinee performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company began at the Peabody Opera House.

“Through the universal language of music and dance, Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales, taking you on a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture. Its stunning beauty and tremendous energy leave audiences uplifted and inspired,” according to the Shen Yun website.

New York-based Shen Yun made Dan Curran, president and CEO of St. Louis-based 4ORCE Digital, feel uplifted and great. “I think that the discipline, beauty, and just the overall positive nature of it has been really refreshing, is excellent,” he said.

He attended the afternoon performance with his wife, Katie, and their 9-year-old daughter, Katherine. “My wife and daughter all enjoyed it.”

Shen Yun’s mission is to revitalize traditional Chinese culture through the dance, music, and singing, a culture almost completely lost, states the company website.

Mrs. Curran, a real estate agent with Janet Macavee Inc., said that she found Shen Yun to be educational—not only culturally and historically—but also spiritually, in learning the beliefs of the traditional meditation group Falun Dafa.

What is touching about Shen Yun, said Mr. Curran, is “it’s gentle and the point they are trying to make is universal—kindness, forgiveness, beauty, appreciation of life. Definitely you will leave here feeling much more optimistic and feel happier.”

The feel good dance for Katherine was Mighty Monk. According to the program book, this mini-dance tells the story of junior monk whom the other monks laugh at because he lacks martial arts skills—that is, until he eats a bowl of magical meat.

Reporting by Stacey Chen and Cat Rooney

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.

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