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Theological Seminary Dean: A Deep Spirituality Underlies Shen Yun’s Dance and Music

Thursday, January 26, 2017 1:35
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Shen Yun Performing Arts Reviews


John and Kathy Brogan after seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts at the DeVos Performance Hall on Jan. 24, 2017. (Charlie Lu/Epoch Times)

“The first piece, “The Creator,” and calling upon the kind of hosts of heaven to take their places within the created order, there’s a deep spirituality that I think underlies a lot of the dance and music and you can feel that.”

“Certainly you see persecution happening throughout the history. … There certainly are parallels to the persecution of early Christians, certainly … parallels to Christians who are suffering today because of their faith, whether it be some in China or in other places of the world.”

“A beautiful foundation for someone to live their life by—Truth, Compassion, Tolerance.”

— John Brogan, associate academic dean
DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids, Mich, USA
Shen Yun World Company
January 24, 2017
History of Shen Yun

In 2006, Chinese artists who wanted to revive China’s authentic traditional culture and share it with the world established Shen Yun Performing Arts in New York. Shen Yun has since grown to five companies that tour the world, performing in over 150 theaters each year. 


Ancient Chinese culture was said to be divinely inspired. Its beliefs stemmed from the core value of harmony between heaven, earth, and humankind. Accordingly, the Chinese practiced self-cultivation and endeavored to live by principles such as justice, wisdom, propriety, and benevolence. Shen Yun reflects these ideas in its very name, which means the beauty of divine beings dancing.  ​

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