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Standing ovations, five curtain calls: Shen Yun “an extraordinary event”, says Former Czech Minister of Culture

Posted by Author on April 20, 2010

BRNO— Standing ovations and five curtain calls hailed Shen Yun Performing Arts the evening of Monday, April 19, at the Janacek Theatre. The crowd held its share of influential minds, and Brno’s own Milan Uhde was among them.

“[The] dancing performances were excellent-remarkable,” said the well-known writer and former politician. “The dancers are great, the show is nice, and I am glad I’m here.”

Mr. Uhde’s career as an essayist, playwright, and prose writer has touched two centuries. Mr. Uhde is a recipient of the State Medal of Merit in the Cultural Sphere. He also served as the first Minister of Culture for Czechoslovakia, after the non-violent overthrow of the communists in the Velvet Revolution of 1989. Mr. Uhde served in Parliament and the Czech National Council from 1990 to 1998, when he returned to his lifelong literary endeavors. He has also helped to mentor the next generation at the Academy of Literature.

Mr. Uhde found out about the show from a former student, Ms. Jana Novotná, an emcee in today’s Shen Yun performance. “I used to teach Ms. Jana Novotná at the Academy of Literature, and one day she called me and told me that this would be an extraordinary experience, so here I am.”

During the years of communist oppression in his homeland, Mr. Uhde had to continue his creative work underground, and he became an influential dissident writer during the years of communist rule in Czechoslovakia. He continues to write essays against racism, and on tolerance and freedom. With his unique perspective, Mr. Uhde appreciated the great artistic skill of the dancers of Shen Yun, and he felt a message resonate within their work.

“I was watching the dancers, and their art was great,” Mr. Uhde said. “This is one of the few ways of showing that the situation in China is not normal, that its economical success is conditioned by enslaving hundreds of millions of people, who seem not to be aware of it, but I think they are, and I believe, that one day, their time will come. So to me, this was a reminder, that someone sees the situation as it is. My impressions are good, I’m glad, that I came.”

Mr. Uhde was most taken by the performers. When describing Shen Yun, he always returned to expressing his appreciation of the dancers’ techniques. “It’s spectacular, you can’t see something like this every year. It’s an extraordinary event, something authentic. … What they can do is just amazing.”

All in all, the Czech cultural hero was very glad to have seen Shen Yun. “It’s worth it, it’s a lifetime experience.” (The Epochtimes)

One Response to “Standing ovations, five curtain calls: Shen Yun “an extraordinary event”, says Former Czech Minister of Culture”

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