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Banned Book ‘Tombstone’ Chinese Author Yang Jisheng Receives Literary Prize in New York

Posted by Author on June 1, 2013


A former senior editor for the Chinese Communist Party’s propaganda mouthpiece collected the Manhattan Institute’s Hayek Prize Wednesday night.

The book award is given by the libertarian-leaning think tank to acknowledge recent works that “best reflect Hayek’s vision of economic and individual liberty.” It comes with a $50,000 cash prize. Read the rest of this entry »

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Surprise! “Mao Zedong Kneeling Statue” Appears on China’s Internet

Posted by Author on May 28, 2011


(NTD) – Recently, a blog article has been widely circulated among Chinese readers. The article shows a statue of Mao Zedong kneeling. Netizens comment thatMao Zedong going down on his knee is inevitable. Commentators point out that criticism of Mao Zedong is getting popular, yet for the heinous Mao Zedong, even “repentance” would not diminish his crimes.

In this article, entitled “Repent, Mao Zedong!” the most engaging part is a statue of Mao Zedong on his knees. In the statue, Mao Zedong kneels down with his right hand over his chest for repentance. Read the rest of this entry »

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Riverdance Producer John McColgan: Shen Yun’s ‘Standard of the performers was terrific’

Posted by Author on March 27, 2011


DUBLIN—“The dance is very elegant and very athletic, very skilled … it’s a pleasure to watch,” said Mr. John McColgan, who attended the final of three Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company performances at The Convention Centre in Dublin on Sunday, March 27.

Mr. McColgan is a founding director of Tyrone Productions, an independent television production company, and chairman of Today FM radio station. He is perhaps best known for his key role in the evolution of Riverdance. In recognition of his services to the arts and entertainment industry, Mr. McColgan received an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the National University of Ireland in 2003. Read the rest of this entry »

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China artist cancels ‘politically sensitive’ show

Posted by Author on February 14, 2011


BEIJING — Chinese artist Ai Weiwei said Monday he cancelled his first large solo exhibition in mainland China after organisers told the outspoken government critic the timing was too politically sensitive.

Ai, one of China’s most famous artists and a bold political activist, told AFP his show was due to start in March at UCCA, a gallery founded by Belgian collector Guy Ullens in a Beijing art district.

“The timing is sensitive and politically they feel it is not suitable at the moment,” said the 53-year-old. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chinese Regime Fails to Stop South Korean Shen Yun Shows, Court ruling overturns cancellation in Busan

Posted by Author on January 20, 2011


BUSAN, South Korea— After a last minute court ruling by a judge in Busan, efforts by the Chinese regime to stop Shen Yun Performing Arts from playing in South Korea have come up empty.

The show in Busan had been cancelled due to pressure from Chinese consular officials, in spite of the show’s hosts, the South Korean Falun Dafa Association, having a valid contract for the theater.

But after a court ruling delivered seven hours before showtime on Jan. 19, the first of three shows in Busan went ahead as planned. These are the debut shows in a tour that also visits Daegu and Goyang in South Korea, and cities in Taiwan, Japan, and Australia. Read the rest of this entry »

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Shen Yun’s Ten Performing Arts Show Run At New York Lincoln Center Ends With a Sold-Out House and Standing Ovation

Posted by Author on January 16, 2011


NEW YORK—It was difficult finding tickets for the closing performance by Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company at the Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater on Jan. 16. The performing arts company, which is now continuing on its tour, was well received, with a standing ovation and two curtain calls from the sold-out house.

“I was very proud to participate in the audience and to stand up and shout ‘encore!’” said author Judith Difonzo.

“I thought the performances were beautiful, I thought the colors were beautiful, I thought the dances were gorgeous. I was enthralled. I would come back again,” she said. Read the rest of this entry »

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(video) Amazing Beauty- Shen Yun 2011 Is Coming

Posted by Author on October 16, 2010


For details, check official website:

http://www.shenyunperformingarts.org/

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Irish Government Funds China’s Communist Propaganda Through Confucius Institutes

Posted by Author on October 2, 2010


Li Changchun‘s visit to Ireland this week involved a first for the Chinese Communist Party: The Chinese delegation, led by Li Changchun (the Chinese regimes’ head of propaganda), managed to win funding from the Irish government toward a new building for the Confucius Institute in UCD, which the Chinese government will also partly fund.

The amount of funding is not disclosed. A special report in the international newspaper The Economist, published in 2009, which was investigating these institutes stated, “Mao vilified Confucius as a symbol of the backward conservatism of pre-communist China. Now the philosopher, who lived in the 6th century BC, has been recast as a promoter of peace and harmony: just the way President Hu Jintao wants to be seen. Li Changchun, a party boss, described the Confucius Institutes as ‘an important part of China’s overseas propaganda set-up’.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Police release Chinese author after online storm

Posted by Author on October 1, 2010


(Reuters) – Police in southern China have released on bail the author of a popular Internet novel they deemed pornographic, state media said, following an on-line uproar about official abuse of power.

Chinese language teacher Yuan Lei, 29, published “In Dongguan” on the popular portal tianya.com between August 2009 and February of this year, Xinhua news agency said late Thursday. The novel was about prostitution in bathhouses in Dongguan.

The booming manufacturing hub in Guangdong province, close to Hong Kong, has long had a reputation for its racy nightlife and anything-goes attitude. Read the rest of this entry »

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China Top the List of Countries Banning Celebrities

Posted by Author on October 1, 2010


Brad Pitt, BANNED FROM China.

Courtesy of Wenn.com via Canoe.ca comes this list of celebrities who have been banned from certain countries and why. China leads the list door-slammers.

Brad Pitt was banned from China because of the actor’s starring role in “7 Years in Tibet” upset Chinese officials for a positive portrayal of the Dalai Lama.

Director Martin Scorsese was banned from China after directing the film “Kundun,” based on the teachings of the Dalai Lama.

Actor Harrison Ford was banned from China after testifying at the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee in support of an independent Tibet.

Actor Richard Gere was banned from China. You guessed it. He is a devout Buddhist and supporter of the Dalai Lama and Tibetan independence.

Paris Hilton was banned from Japan two days after pleading guilty to cocaine possession. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tibetans Villagers Block Work on Dam Near Sacred Mountain

Posted by Author on September 30, 2010


Radio Free Asia, 2010-09-30 –

Local Tibetans have challenged Chinese work crews trying to build a dam near a mountain considered sacred by area residents, according to Tibetan sources.

The mountain, called Lhachen Naglha Dzambha, rises in Driru [in Chinese, Biru] county in the Nagchu Prefecture of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), a native of the region now living in exile said.

“The Gyalmo Ngulchu [Salween] river runs through the foothills of this sacred mountain,” the source said.

“Sometime in August this year, a large number of Chinese workers arrived in the area. Local Tibetans were told they were building a dam.”

Representatives from each village in the county then gathered at the site to protest the construction, another Tibetan living in exile said, citing sources in the region.
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‘Mao’s Last Dancer’ tiptoes through China’s forgotten history

Posted by Author on August 19, 2010


By Maria Puente, USA TODAY, Aug. 19, 2010 –

Sometimes it takes an outside perspective to remind Americans how good they have it. Australian-born filmmaker Bruce Beresford and a Chinese-born former ballet dancer named Li Cunxin are happy to oblige.

On Friday, Beresford’s latest film, Mao’s Last Dancer, based on Cunxin’s best-selling 2003 autobiography, arrives in U.S. theaters, following a successful opening last year in Australia and a fistful of nominations and awards. Besides spectacular dancing and music, the film packs an emotional wallop about the power of art and love to transcend borders and America’s continuing allure to freedom-seekers.

“It may be the only pro-America film done in 25 years,” says Beresford (Breaker Morant, Driving Miss Daisy), exaggerating just a little. “I was aware when I was making the film that a lot of people, at least in the Australian press, think life in China under Mao was better than life in America under Bush (either one).

“I’d like to tell them they’re wrong,” he adds. “This film shows someone’s amazing dedication to his art and the value of the freedom to practice it, which is what he had in America.”

But with U.S. movie audiences dazed by Inception, breathless from Salt, or chuckling over Dinner for Schmucks, can a small biopic about a forgotten era and a little-known dancer get any traction? After all, it’s likely most Americans know more about Dancing With the Starsthan they do about classical ballet.

Besides, in a youth-skewed moviegoing audience, how many remember the era of defectors, 30 to 40 years ago, when scores of artists from behind the Iron Curtain (the what?) escaped to the West to pursue their art? Nowadays, with the Soviet Union in the dustbin of history and communist China a rising capitalist world power, most artists come and go as they please, and almost no one defects anymore except Cuban baseball players and Iranian nuclear scientists.

A difficult choice

“I was the first and the last, the first person from the cultural field ever allowed out of China to come to America,” says Cunxin, now 49. “After that, China began to open up.”

But not in 1981, when Cunxin, then a 20-year-old Chinese exchange student at the Houston Ballet, stood up to the madness of China’s Cultural Revolution and refused to return to China as ordered. Legally, he did not defect: He had fallen for and married an American dancer and sought to remain under immigration law.

But like the famous and acclaimed Soviet dancer-defectors before him —Mikhail Baryshnikov (in 1974) and Rudolf Nureyev (in 1961) — Cunxin chose his heart and his art, while fearing for the safety of his family still living in China.

“I thought I’d never see them again. I had lots of nightmares,” says Cunxin, who is retired from dancing and lives in Australia, where he is a stockbroker and motivational speaker. “That guilt, that pain, the emotional uncertainty really haunted me.”

At the time, Chinese officials did not react well. As international headlines blared, Cunxin was held in a Chinese consulate in Houston for 21 hours while Chinese and American officials dickered. Meanwhile, Charles Foster (Kyle MacLachlan), Cunxin’s politically connected lawyer, gets on the phone to then-vice president George H.W. Bush, a patron of the Houston Ballet.

Mao’s Last Dancer tells what happened to Cunxin (played by Chi Cao, a young Chinese-British dancer and the son of two of Cunxin’s former teachers), and also how he got to that point, itself an “incredible journey,” MacLachlan says.

Compelling true story

It’s the story of how Madame Mao’s party minions plucked him at age 11 from his family in rural China and sent him to the Beijing Dance Academy, whether he liked it or not. How he hated the training at first, and how an inspiring teacher helped him, despite the risks. How he became passionate about dance after watching a smuggled video of Baryshnikov given to him by his teacher. And how at the age of 18, he was discovered during a visit to China by the artistic director of the Houston Ballet, Ben Stevenson (Bruce Greenwood).

“It’s a story of tremendous risk and fortitude … and a reminder that the freedom we enjoy is precious and fragile,” says Greenwood, who took dance lessons to play the British-born ballet master. “It’s a very human story, incredibly touching. When it premiered in Houston, there was a lot of sniffling.”……(USA Today)

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Chinese meditation technique boosts brain function: study

Posted by Author on August 17, 2010


AFP, Aug. 16, 2010 –

WASHINGTON — A Chinese-influenced meditation technique appears to help the brain regulate behavior after as little as 11 hours of practice, according to a study released Monday.

Researchers at the University of Oregon and Dalian University of Technology charted the effects of integrative body-mind training (IBMT), a technique adapted in the 1990s from traditional Chinese medicine and practiced by thousands in China.

The research to be published in the upcoming issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences involved 45 test subjects, about half of whom received IBMT, while a control group received relaxation training.

Imaging tests showed a greater number of connections in the anterior cingulate — the part of the brain which regulates emotion and behavior — among those who practiced meditation compared to subjects in the control group.

“The importance of our findings relates to the ability to make structural changes in a brain network related to self-regulation,” said The University of Oregon’s Michael Posner, a lead author on the study.

“The pathway that has the largest change due to IBMT is one that previously was shown to relate to individual differences in the person’s ability to regulate conflict,” he said.

Deficits in activation of the anterior cingulate cortex also have been associated with attention deficit disorder, dementia, depression, schizophrenia and many other disorders.

And researchers said the experimental group also showed lower levels of anxiety, depression, anger and fatigue than students in the control group.

“We believe this new finding is of interest to the fields of education, health and neuroscience, as well as for the general public,” said Dalian University’s Yi-Yuan Tang, who led the team of Chinese researchers…….(more details from AFP)

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In China, Cantonese protests underscore a rift over dialects

Posted by Author on August 9, 2010


By Lily Kuo, Los Angeles Times, August 8, 2010 –

Reporting from Beijing
— In Guangzhou, the city formerly known as Canton, Chinese government banners hang in primary schools with instructions to use the country’s official language, Mandarin, also known as Putonghua:

“Speak Putonghua, write standard Chinese, use civilized language, be a civilized person.”

But residents of the city, the capital of one of China’s proudest Cantonese-speaking regions, recently marched by the hundreds to protest a new government proposal to switch television broadcasts from the local dialect to Mandarin ahead of the multi-sport Asian Games scheduled for November in Guangzhou.

“Protect our mother tongue!” some Guangzhou residents shouted. “Get lost, Mandarin!”

On the same day, about 200 people marched in Hong Kong, where Cantonese is the official Chinese tongue, converging on government headquarters. A week earlier, nearly 1,000 people in Guangzhou had blocked a subway station to show their opposition to the proposed change in television broadcasts.

For years Cantonese speakers in southern China have complained that local culture is being eroded under orders from Beijing, where Mandarin dominates. The recent protests highlight a traditional rivalry between north and south as well as the government’s efforts to bring the country under one language, local residents and experts say.

Cantonese — as the second most spoken dialect in China and until recently the language most common among Chinese living abroad — has long been a key part of Chinese culture.

Generations of Cantonese-speaking immigrants built America’s first Chinatowns and introduced dim sum, chop suey and Bruce Lee (the martial artist and film star was born in San Francisco but mostly grew up in China).

As more Mandarin-speaking migrants from other parts of China move into Guangzhou and other Chinese communities across the world, Cantonese is becoming less prominent, analysts and experts say. And the government is speeding up the process, they say……. Read the rest of this entry »

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(video) Mao’s Last Dancer — Film Trailer

Posted by Author on August 7, 2010


Mao’s Last Dancer

DIRECTOR:
Bruce Beresford
CAST: Kyle McLachlan, Bruce Greenwood, Amanda Schull, Joan Chen, Chi Cao
CLASSIFICATION: 10M
RUNNING TIME: 114 minutes

Houston Business Journal – by Ford Gunter Reporter –

Nearly 30 years ago, Chinese ballet dancer Li Cunxin and Houston attorney Charles Foster were at the center of a politically charged international controversy. This weekend, their story comes alive again in a feature film making its U.S. debut at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

A 1981 incident at the Chinese Consulate on Montrose Boulevard made international headlines after a ballet dancer and his attorney announced the dancer’s intention to defect. Almost three decades later, the principal figures in that ordeal — Li Cunxin and Houston attorney Charles Foster — will reunite in Houston this week for the U.S. premier of “Mao’s Last Dancer,” a feature film based on Li’s autobiography.

Directed by Bruce Beresford (“Driving Miss Daisy,”) the film tells the story of Li as a young man rising through the Chinese ballet academies, his exchange program with the Houston Ballet starting in 1979, and his decision to defect in 1981. A decision that led to his detainment at the consulate for 21 hours, where he was grilled intensely and feared for his life.

During recent interviews, the two people at the center of the story recalled the intimate details of the real-life drama as if it happened a week ago, and are thrilled and relieved that the celluloid version is equally poignant. The film will be screened July 31 at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

“I was held on the third floor, locked in a small room being endlessly interrogated,” Li says, speaking from his home in Melbourne, Australia. “Every half-hour, somebody new was coming in trying to persuade me to come back to China (saying) ‘If you don’t agree, we’ll kill you.’ ”

Attorney Foster, who is portrayed in the film by “Sex and the City” actor Kyle McLachlan, first met Li several months before, after the dancer had decided to defect and had fallen in love with Elizabeth Mackey, an American dancer he planned to marry. Li confided his intentions to a close friend outside the ballet world, and together they contacted The University of Texas law school to find an attorney in Houston. They met in Foster’s office.

“Li was smart enough to know it was going to set off a huge reaction on the part of the Chinese,” Foster recalls. “Li was at the top of the pyramid toward the end of the Cultural Revolution; he had been selected and trained as a secret weapon to compete with the Russians. He was the first person sent over (to the United States) to represent China.”

Political asylum

Foster discouraged the dancer from applying for political asylum because it involves breaking all ties with the home country — something he felt Li did not want to do — and would likely be viewed as a great insult by China.

Instead, they focused on how he could qualify for employment in the U.S. through his job skills, which is the preferred method for artists, performers and athletes. A few months later, word leaked back to the Chinese that Li was planning on staying, and the government accused the Houston Ballet of kidnapping.

“As a compromise, Li agreed to take all responsibility and say that no one made him stay,” Foster says.

Good friends at this point, Li and Foster met at their favorite Chinese restaurant and agreed to go to the consulate. The night before, Li and Mackey had married.

“I tell him, before we go in, when we walk in that door we’re technically on the soil of China,” Foster recalls. “He said, ‘Can you keep me in the U.S.?’ I said yes, with some reservation. I felt confident all the cards were in our hands. The one thing I didn’t think about is that five guys would charge in and grab Li and beat him up and knock him down and drag him out of the room.”

Before the detainment, Foster says, negotiations had been going nowhere. After Li was removed, Foster was invited to another room for a more circular discussion.

Meanwhile, Li was due at a white-tie party hosted by Louisa Sarofim and his absence had been noticed.

“By early morning it became clear that they were going to take him to the airport and put him on a plane and take him back to China,” Foster says. “The press were covering the (Sarofim) party, so they showed up outside. By three or four in the morning, it was clear these society reporters were not going to miss the chance to be on the front page, above the fold, with a bold headline.”

At 8 a.m., when the bundle of Houston Post newspapers was delivered to the consulate with those screaming headlines, Foster left to file for a restraining order.

Li, meanwhile, was giving up hope.

“Officials told me halfway through, ‘Your so-called friends have all left. You are totally alone. You have no one left but us’,” Li recalls. “I sort of believed them.”

Around the time Foster returned with the restraining order, the national media had arrived en masse, diplomats from both nations were entrenched and the Federal Bureau of Investigation had the building surrounded. Negotiations dragged on for another 12 hours, but the Chinese eventually caved, after a last-ditch appeal.

“After 21 hours, only at the very last minute, the main consulate came in,” Li says. “I thought they were going to take me away and shoot me. He asked me one last time to return to China and I said no. Then he said, ‘Look, we now have the Chinese government’s permission to release you. From now on you are totally alone. You are a man without a country’.” …… (more details: Li Cunxin’s ballet dance with the devil – Houston Business Journal)

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President of digital arts College: Shen Yun dance “spectacular, very athletic, and beautiful”

Posted by Author on July 25, 2010


By Abraham Thompson, Epoch Times Staff, July 24, 2010 –

SAN FRANCISCO— Ex’pression College president and creative director, Spencer Nilsen and his wife, Claire, were among the theatergoers at Shen Yun Performing Arts’ evening show at the War Memorial Opera House on Saturday, July 24.

When asked about the display of classical Chinese dance and music, Mr. Nilsen replied: “Oh, it’s beautiful. Wonderful music and the costumes are incredible. The dance is spectacular, very athletic and beautiful.”

Mr. Nilsen has a impressive background in the music and digital media. He has worked on show productions for bands, and he has worked together with others and produced and directed many TV shows, commercials and music videos for ESPN, Turner Broadcasting, The Super Bowl and American Express. Mr. Nilsen was hired by SEGA where he headed the music department and composed many well-known movie soundtracks.

Currently, Mr. Nilsen is the acting president of Ex’pression College for digital arts.

Mr. Nilsen enjoyed the culture and storytelling of Shen Yun. “First of all, the culture is so extraordinary in the storytelling—it’s fantastic through the use of dance and music and choreography,” he said.

Who knows, Mr. Milsen may have gotten some new inspiration for the next video soundtrack he works on after attending the show.

“I’m always interested in new art forms and new music, and this seems to be a wonderful combination of both,” and, “I’m interested in all art forms—this in particular—just the combination of the different music and dance. Having only been exposed to Western ballet and dance and orchestration, it’s a different approach,” said Mr. Nilsen, referring to the Shen Yun New York Company orchestra.

The elaborate backdrop and stage props used by Shen Yun are unique and give added depth to each performance, something Mr. Nilsen enjoyed. “I think it’s fascinating. The colors are very vibrant and obviously sets the location for each of the scenes.”…… (more details from The Epochtimes: College President: ‘The dance is spectacular, very athletic, and beautiful’ )

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Stage Director: ‘Shen Yun’s choreography is incredible beyond description’

Posted by Author on July 19, 2010


By Helena Zhu, Epoch Times Staff, July 19, 2010 –

SACRAMENTO, Calif.
—Shen Yun Performing Arts’ performance at Sacramento Community Center Theater on Sunday has allowed many overseas Chinese to reconnect to their culture.

Among the attendees of the show were Hong Hanmin and his family. A Chinese descent from the Philippines, Hong was a stage director for 36 years.

“Before, I’d only heard of this great show. Now that I saw it, I cannot describe it with words,” said Mr. Hong with a thumb raised. “Shen Yun’s choreography is incredible beyond description. … These dancers are so young, but so synchronized.

“Usually the stage background is a still picture or still setup, so Shen Yun’s animated backdrops are completely new to me, and they went so well with the dancing.”

In addition to the featured classical Chinese dance, Shen Yun also has a one-of-a-kind orchestra, composed of both Chinese and Western instruments.

“It was my first time seeing an orchestra combining Chinese and Western instruments,” said Mr. Hong.

“I have a few Caucasian friends. After watching Shen Yun, they told me that it was their first time seeing such stage setup, such dance, such dancers, and such music. They said that this show has given them new perspectives and ideas.”

As a stage director, Mr. Hong has gotten new inspirations himself.

“I’ve never seen such spectacular scenes. These are all first-class performers—they performed beautifully and in unison. Their performance is imprinted deep in my heart. I will always remember the backdrops, music, and choreography.”

The Epochtimes

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Shen Yun Summer Tour Arrives in Northern California

Posted by Author on July 17, 2010


By Dean Tsaggaris, Epoch Times Staff, July 17, 2010 –

SACRAMENTO, Calif.
—As the weather started to heat up this weekend in California’s central valley, the Shen Yun Performing Arts tour arrived in town bringing with it a refreshing show filled with classical Chinese dance and music from the world’s premier company.

Audience members flocked to Sacramento’s Community Center Theater as temperatures outside approached 100 degrees, and were delighted to discover what people all over the world have been talking about.

“The show is very great and colorful, and the music is very pleasant,” said Angelica, a business analyst.

She really enjoyed the interplay of the performers on stage with the dazzling backdrops. “Their outfits are very nice, and the color of the scenes and the decorations really matched the dances, and gives you the feeling that you are right there,” she added.

Although Angelica had never experienced classical Chinese dance before, she mentioned that she would return to see the show again.

Shen Yun graced the stage of the Community Center Theater back in January, and returned to the city due to the popularity of the show. The theater is part of the Sacramento Convention Center Complex in downtown Sacramento, which also houses a 134,000-square-foot convention center, the Memorial Auditorium, and The Jean Runyon Little Theater.

Yuri, who came with Angelica, was especially fascinated with the flow of the piece presented on stage.

“Each piece is different. It starts kind of similar but then it transforms into something else. I like that transformation,” Yuri commented.

The Shen Yun New York Company is traveling along the West Coast having already made stops in Los Angeles and San Diego. It plays two shows in Sacramento this weekend, followed by one performance in San Jose on Wednesday, and finally arriving in San Francisco next weekend for four additional shows at the War Memorial Opera House.

The Epochtimes

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‘Avatar’ Production Designer Robert Stromberg Says Shen Yun “a terrific performance” and “so inspiring”

Posted by Author on July 12, 2010


By Leigh Smith, Epoch Times Staff, July 9, 2010 –

Emmy and Academy Award winner, Robert Stromberg. Robert also was the production designer for the movies 'Avatar' and 'Alice in Wonderland.' (The Epoch Times)

LOS ANGELES— Many celebrities attended the opening night of Shen Yun Performing Arts’ summer West Coast tour at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, in Los Angeles. It was the first of five performances there by the New York-based company.

Emmy and Academy Award winner Robert Stromberg, the production designer for Avatar and Alice in Wonderland, was among them.

“It’s absolutely beautiful,” he said. “It was so inspiring, I think I may have found some new ideas for the next Avatar.

“It was a very unique performance. It was tremendous to see the wide range of different types of performance art come together as one. It’s really beautiful to see that as one single performance,” he said.

As a highly accomplished visual artist, Mr. Stromberg praised “the color, the lights, and the movement.” “The performers were fantastic! I thought it was wonderful,” he added.

Shen Yun brings classical Chinese dance, spanning thousands of years of tradition, to the stage. Mr. Stromberg appreciated the quality and attention to detail. He said, “It’s obviously very poetic. The subtlety and attention to detail and synchronization is astounding.”

Shen Yun presents ancient legends, modern stories, and folkloric dances. Mr. Stromberg said, “It’s nice to finally see part of Chinese culture and understand the history.”

Mr. Stromberg said he was inspired by some of the dances: “I especially loved the dances where they synchronized the sounds as well with the costumes and what they’re wearing—the women with the silver and the men with the chopsticks. …

“The environments, the background, the use of color, the use of color and costume together—those types of things were very unique and inspirational,” he said.

‘A Wonderful Experience’

Shen Yun uses vibrant projected digital backdrops, which give the impression of three dimensions. Dancers seem to emerge from and return to the projected backdrops.

As a film professional, Mr. Stromberg felt the unique backdrops added to the performance: “It was an interesting use of an interactive element, which I think, as it develops it, could become a new art form in itself—a live performance mixed with digital projection and maybe 3-D eventually, who knows.

“Using those two techniques together, it would be almost like going to the theater and the movies at the same time,” he said.

Mr. Stromberg appreciated Shen Yun’s presentation of traditional Chinese culture: “Working as a designer myself, I have done a lot of research on China and the landscapes of China and how beautiful they are. Seeing a traditional performance with the authentic dance moves and authentic backgrounds—it all came together.

“What can I say? It was a terrific performance and a wonderful experience.”

Robert Stromberg won Emmy Awards and an Academy Award for his work as a special-and visual-effects artist.

During his time on Star Trek, Mr. Stromberg earned an Emmy Award. Since then, he has been nominated for and has won a number of Emmy Awards while working in television and film.

In 2010 he won, along with others, the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Art Direction for Avatar.

The Epochtimes

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Actress Lexi Ainsworth Says Shen Yun Show ‘a new experience’

Posted by Author on July 12, 2010


By Joshua Philipp, Epoch Times Staff, July 9, 2010 –

Lexi Ainsworth with Gabriela Rodriguez at the opening night of Shen Yun Performing Arts in Los Angeles. (The Epoch Times)

LOS ANGELES— The opening night of Shen Yun Performing Arts in Los Angeles was attended by a host of celebrities. The show of music and classical Chinese dance was held at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Attending the July 8 performance was actress Lexi Ainsworth, known for playing Kristina Davis in the new seasons of “General Hospital,” and for her role in Wild Child.

“It was fantastic,” said Ms. Ainsworth during the intermission. “It was wonderful. It was a new experience for me, I loved it.”

Ms. Ainsworth said she particularly enjoyed an energetic Mongolian dance, which is done using chopsticks: “It’s amazing how they can make the beats of the chopsticks while dancing at the same time.” She added, “I wouldn’t be able to do it.”

The dancers of Shen Yun bring to life China’s 5,000 years of culture through the art of classical Chinese dance, as well as Chinese ethnic and folk dance. The unique dance forms allow for a broad range of movements and expression.

Having a background in ballet, Ms. Ainsworth said that before seeing Shen Yun, she was not aware of the difference between ballet and classical Chinese dance. “It’s really interesting. They’re amazing and I wish I could do what they do,” she said.

Ms. Ainsworth added, “It’s really educational, because I didn’t know much about it. But I like how they pause at each little segment and give a description of what the next one is going to be like, what the history of it is.”

Also included with the show is a full, digital backdrop, which displays moving images and scenes across times and cultures.

“I’ve never seen a performance that uses a TV screen in the background. It’s the first time I’ve seen that. So it was really interesting how they incorporated that into the dance,” Ms. Ainsworth said.

She added, “I thought it was really clever.”

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Hollywood PR Company President comments on Shen Yun: ‘The whole production is absolutely amazing!’

Posted by Author on July 12, 2010


By Lance Jackson, Epoch Times Staff, July 9, 2010 –

Ron Scott, president of Hollywood PR. (The Epoch Times)

Ron Scott, president of Hollywood PR. (The Epoch Times)


LOS ANGELES
Shen Yun Performing Arts’ opening night at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion swept the audience back through 5,000 years of Chinese history and culture, through classical Chinese dance, a live orchestra, ancient myths, and modern technology.

In the audience was Ron Scott, president of Hollywood PR, who attended with some friends.

“Oh, it’s amazing—it gave me chills. It was heartwarming. It’s so much talent!” he said after the show. “I had no idea it would be such an enormous production.”

“I’ve never seen anything like this before—I go to a lot of theater. … The whole production is absolutely amazing!”

“The culture is so beautiful … I’ve never seen any traditional Chinese dance performances, so it was definitely something new for me and very inspiring,” said Mr. Scott.

“It definitely leaves with something good to take home. … It’s very unique.”

“I love the dedication,” he added. “The work this must have been, what [the dancers] had to go through to do the show, I can’t imagine the discipline. And the big screen, the set, just to project that. I’ve never seen that either.”

As well as showcasing classical Chinese dance, Shen Yun performers include singers and solo musicians. Audiences frequently comment on powerful emotion conveyed by the two-stringed Chinese erhu, and Mr. Scott agreed.

“I really enjoyed the two-stringed instrument. … I felt so sad the curtain was going [down] on her last bow. No, stay, I want to clap longer! … You could really feel the emotion behind it.”…… (more details from The Epochtimes)

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Golden Globe-nominated actress “liked everything about the show” of shen Yun

Posted by Author on July 11, 2010


By Linda Slupsky, Epoch Times Staff, July 9, 2010 –

Golden Globe-nominated actress Anne Jeffreys heaped praise on Shen Yun Performing Arts. (The Epoch Times)


LOS ANGELES
— Golden Globe-nominated actress Anne Jeffreys heaped praise on Shen Yun Performing Arts after taking in the show at The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Thursday night.

“I loved it. I thought it was beautiful. It was informative and the dancers were glorious. The costumes were so beautiful and the precision. I liked everything about the show,” said Ms. Jeffreys, who has acted on stage and in more than 40 films.

Besides working along side Frank Sinatra, she has appeared on L.A. Law, Murder She Wrote, the original Battlestar Galactica and has her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

“There were so many people on the stage and they were all so graceful. I just loved it. And colorful, the costumes were gorgeous. The dancing was unbelievable.”

She said she enjoyed the stories and loved the Chinese instruments and the orchestra. She singled out the two-stringed erhu solo for special consideration.

“Fabulous. Wonderful. I’ve been in music all my life and I’ve never heard that instrument, knowingly, before, and she played it beautifully.”

She thought that the show was a wonderful representation of China, all the culture of China. “It was just beautiful, I loved it.”…… (more details from The Epochtimes)

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MMPA President Reviews the Shen Yun Show: “this is the ultimate”

Posted by Author on July 11, 2010


Epoch Times Staff, July 9, 2010 –

Jarvee Hutcherson, president of Multicultural Motion Picture Association (MMPA.) (The Epoch Times)


LOS ANGELES
— Jarvee Hutcherson, president of Multicultural Motion Picture Association (MMPA), left Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Thursday, July 8, with a full heart.

“I thought the show was very moving, very touching. I found that at moments it was emotional, and at moments it was very exciting.

“The fact that it was Chinese was very, very heart wrenching to me, it brought tears to my eyes.

”It was so synchronized, I’ve never seen something so tightly done. And everyone, I think this is all over the world, something that everybody should experience, and I was very moved by that.”

As the president of the MMPA, Mr. Hutcherson said he appreciated the show’s effort to share traditional Chinese culture.

“Through my 20 years as the president of the organization, I really have learned so much about various cultural backgrounds all over the world, and that’s one of the reasons why I’m here tonight, and I really am impressed. But I understand that there’s issues over in China that are not received so well, not accepted so well, but I hope that this day will come, that this will pass and this will be more united in more support of that. Because they’re missing out! And I hope that one day this can open up to their country and allow them in.”

He said a fan dance in the second half left him transported to another realm.

“I felt like I was in heaven! I felt like something came up, it left a feeling, like we were on a cloud, and I really felt it, very moved by that. It brought tears to my eyes, so I think that was a very touching moment for me—a touching moment for everyone in the audience.”

“I certainly hope that so many of the Chinese come out in support because it’s certainly a wonderful experience for any and everyone to be a part of … especially young people need to see this, because I think they really could identify with certain things of it.”

When asked if he had been to a Chinese performance before, Mr. Hutcherson said: “I’ve been to some productions, but not on this level—I think this is the ultimate, tonight. The choreographers and producers of this show, I really applaud them. And I applaud the dancers, I understand they come from all over. I applaud them. And I was very moved by it tonight.”

He said he would share his excitement with his friends and encourage them to see the show.

“They’ll leave here with a whole new feeling, like I felt tonight.”

After saying the show was educational, Mr. Hutcherson took a moment to focus on the singing which he described as “touching.”

“I had never seen singers of that multitude, especially from the Chinese community. I was totally impressed, I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh!’, you’d never know! I think it’s so important that people should reach out to definitely see this.”

He said Shen Yun confirmed his belief that even if people are form different countries or backgrounds, or have different ideals, they must open up their horizons to new experiences.

“Sometimes we get in our own circle, and that’s where we stay. It’s so good to open up and share and be a part of everything. And that’s why I’m glad that I’m here tonight.”

Mr. Hutcherson has served as president of the MMPA for 19 years. The organization has 1600 members and holds an annual awards ceremony to recognize outstanding and inspiring individuals that have contributed to diverse perspectives in film and television. The organization works to raise awareness about the need for expanded and more realistic roles in the entertainment industry for people of various cultural backgrounds.

Over the years Cuba Gooding Jr., Sandra Bullock, Sinbad, Denzel Washington, Cheech Marin, Lou Diamond Phillips, Eddy Murphy and Will Smith have ranked among the honorees and presenters at the awards.

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