Shen Yun ‘Challenges Us to Think About the World’: Business Owner

PITTSBURGH—TJ Belsterling, owner of a landscaping company, didn’t know what to expect when he arrived to see Shane Yun Performing Arts at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts on the evening of January 14. At the conclusion of the show, Mr. Belsterling couldn’t recommend the experience enough.

“I’ve never seen this before. I was pleasantly surprised to find a really cool message. [Shen Yun] Scored very good marks. It is not only something that everyone will enjoy but [the performance had messages] That everyone can get away with it,” he said.

Upon learning that the company guarantees a new set of music and choreography every year, Mr. Belsterling said he would definitely return for more.

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,[The dancers’] The movements, his fluidity, the way he moved along, the storytelling—it was all amazing. True art, indeed.

Based in New York, Shen Yun Performing Arts is currently the world’s top classical Chinese dance and music company. With widespread acclaim since its inception in 2006, Shen Yun has grown to include eight similarly sized companies that tour the world together.

For Mr. Belsterling, Shen Yun “said a lot about virtue and how we’ve grown so distant from caring about each other. We’re so consumed in our own worlds, in our own heads.

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“I feel [Shen Yun] challenges us to embrace each other instead of just ourselves. [We need to] Express the divinity within you and let the world see it,” he said.

Founded by prominent Chinese artists who fled the persecution of China’s communist regime, Shen Yun Artists has made it their mission to revive and share with the world 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture from the pre-communist era of China .

While Mr. Belsterling expressed that “it is a shame” that Shen Yun is currently forbidden by the Communist Party from performing in China, he believed that the show challenges people to think that no What’s going on not only in China, but all the countries around the world.

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“I hope one day [Shen Yun] Might as well go to China because it has a terrible message. It’s one that everyone needs to hear—especially the people whose culture they represent,” he said.

“What is important is not just the dance, not just the artistry, but the actual message that comes through. It is calling that divinity within.

Reporting by NTD and Jennifer Tseng.

The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. We’ve covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.


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