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Lord Mayor of Cardiff Calls Shen Yun ‘Out of this world’

Posted by Author on April 27, 2010


CARDIFF, United Kingdom— The Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Councillor Brian Griffiths, called Shen Yun “out of this world” on Tuesday April 27.

After watching the New York-based performing arts company’s debut Welsh performance, the Mayor was impressed: “We thought the show would be good. But it was more than good, it was fantastic.”

Mr Griffiths was particularly taken with the dancers from Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company: “What amazes me is the timing of these dancers with so many on the stage. Every part of that dance is perfectly timed. It is beautiful to watch,” he said. “It’s they way they can move across the stage in such precision. They look as if they’re floating across the stage. It’s beautiful to watch. It is really beautiful.”

The Lord Mayor also said it was good to have classical Chinese dance explained by the hosts Leeshai Lemish and Jing Xie. He said it was very interesting to understand Chinese culture and see a “different type of show in this centre.”

This is the first time Shen Yun has performed at the Wales Millennium Centre. The centre is the most prominent arts venue in Wales and home to the national opera, national orchestra, national dance as well as other literature and theatre companies.

Mr Griffiths had already provided his well wishes prior to the show. He wrote in the programme book that Cardiff has a formal twinning agreement [twin sister city] with the port city of Xiamen in China, and that the Welsh city is proud of its association with China.

Mr Griffiths has worked for the Conservative Party for over 50 years, serving on Cardiff City Council from 1983 to 1996. He became Lord Mayor in 2009.

He said he hoped Shen Yun could return to Cardiff: “Anybody that’s missed this show has missed a beautiful show,” he said.

“It’s a wonderful, wonderful show.”

Shen Yun Performing Arts will perform once more in Cardiff on April 28, and then at Louvain-La Neuve, Belgium, from April 30 to May 11. (The Epochtimes)

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Shen Yun “An Eye-Opener”, Says Grammy Award Finalist in Taiwan

Posted by Author on April 26, 2010


TAIPEI, Taiwan—Xiao Qing-Yang, a designer of album-packaging, has been a Grammy Award Finalist three times. For the past three years he has been seeing Shen Yun’s posters while overseas during the Chinese New Year. He thought that the Chinese people in New York and Los Angeles must have really liked to watch Eastern shows to celebrate the Chinese New Year. However, he didn’t expect that he would also see Shen Yun in Taiwan. He felt especially pleased.

After seeing the performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company at the National Taiwan University of Arts on April 25, Mr. Xiao said, “I finally saw the show.”

When seeing the Shen Yun posters in overseas cities, Mr. Xiao thought that the show was only for overseas Chinese people to have some consolation for seeing Chinese dances during the Chinese New Year. He was happy for his friends in those cities to have a great Eastern show for the Chinese New Year. He happily said, “If I have the chance to see it in other cities next time, I must feel intimated.”

“I haven’t seen such an Eastern style of fairies, goddesses, and stories for a long time. I’m so happy to see them today! There are a lot of musicians and dancing artists here. Their abilities and performances were outstanding!” Mr. Xiao said.

He also said that Shen Yun’s artists performed wholeheartedly and it showed that they have worked very hard. “Whenever there was a plot, I had increasing admiration for Shen Yun, because it’s quite delicate in all details. I can tell that they have received very strict training. From my point of view as an artist, I think it needs a lot of time to practice to have such abilities to perform on stage.”

Mr. Xiao was particularly impressed by the dance Handkerchiefs. He said, “There was a program of the dance with handkerchiefs. I first thought that there were special wires designed in the handkerchiefs. Afterwards, I found there was none. The handkerchiefs were flying in the air completely dependent on their superb skills. … It’s an eye-opener.”

Mr. Xiao, born in 1966, said that living in this world, he had felt there were a lot of things that couldn’t be understood or explained. Seeing the Shen Yun performance he said he saw a lot of delicate Eastern culture and the feelings that Eastern people have towards Gods, heaven, and earth. “Actually, I’m kind of feeling the situation that it seems we were also Gods coming to the world. After cultivating something, we are then preparing to go back to heaven.”

He said he felt that seeing such an artistic representation was a great encouragement. “Today I saw such a show, which seemed to remind me of something, like what I come here [to the world] for! Although I haven’t found an exact answer, I am glad to have an opportunity to see such a show.” (The Epochtimes)

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‘I have rarely seen a show like this’, Award Winning French Film Director Says of Shen Yun

Posted by Author on April 24, 2010


PARIS— Shen Yun Performing Arts returned once again at the Palais des Congres in Paris, giving audience members a glimpse into the world of traditional Chinese culture.

Award winning French film director and actor Jean-Pierre Mocky had high praises for the show.

“I have rarely seen a show like this,” said Mr. Mocky who has in his long career, as a filmmaker, directed and starred in dozens of films.

Then New York-based Shen Yun brings China’s thousands of years of culture to the stage through music and dance.

“I came to immerse myself in the atmosphere of this show, which is superb,” he continued. “The colors are superb; all the choreography is very beautiful.”

Mr. Mocky noted that the choreography differed greatly from American choreography. “There is a beauty of the image, very beautiful images,” he said.

“I have been making movies with very great French actors for 50 years and I have always been fascinated by China,“ said the film director.

Mr. Mocky said Shen Yun left him with a good feeling. “It is a show which gives an impression of fulfillment, of tranquility. It is very simple and very harmonious.” (The Epochtimes)

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Taiwan’ Former Deputy Minister “see the delicate side of our culture” from Shen Yun Show

Posted by Author on April 24, 2010


TAICHUNG, TaiwanShen Yun Performing Arts New York Company staged its second show in Taichung City at the Hui-Sun Auditorium of National Chung Hsing University on the afternoon of April 17. Dr. Chiu Tai-san, assistant professor in the Department of Financial and Economic Law, Asia University, said, “It is truly an honor for me to watch the performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts group. I have not seen it before.” Before joining Asia University, Dr. Chiu held several important positions in the government, including Deputy Minister of Mainland Affairs Council, Deputy Mayor of Kaohsiung City Government, and Member of the Legislative Yuan.

“I wanted to view the show several years ago when I was still in the U.S.,” said Professor Chiu, referring to his awareness of Shen Yun’s reputation. He added, “I am very happy today that I can view such a magnificent show in Taichung—my birthplace.”

After watching the show, he said, “From the dancing programs of Shen Yun, especially those that manifest the Chinese culture, we see the delicate side of our culture.”

He continued, “The singing solo “Hesitate No Longer” performed by Ms. Huang Pi-ju received a lot of “Encore” from the audience.” Professor Chiu admired the soprano’s singing performance very much. The enthusiasm of the audience and the repeated cries of “Encore” also affected him.

“I noticed that many people have their entire families come and watch the show. It is clear Shen Yun performance is a cultural event with great significance,” pointed out Dr. Chiu, as he observed that the show was attended by many young children and older people.

Professor Chiu came to watch the show with a friend, hoping that his friend can know Shen Yun’s wonderfulness. He said, “For so long, I have given very high praise to performances like Shen Yun ever since I was a legislator or held positions in government offices.” (by The Epochtimes)

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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)

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Shen Yun ‘The highest level of artistry’, says Vienna Book illustrator

Posted by Author on April 20, 2010


VIENNA— Book illustrator Kristian Ujhelji, a native of Serbia, had come from Pottendorf, about 30 kilometers from Vienna, to see the Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company and hear musicians playing in Shen Yun’s Orchestra at Vienna’s Wiener Stadthalle for the April 17 evening show.

Mr. Ujhelji illustrates books in the style of the Middle Ages to revive the art of drawing with the quill, and binds them manually.

He explained how he came to know about the show: “I saw advertisements and posters about the show in Vienna and my friends who live in the city called me and said that there is a show called Shen Yun coming to the city, and I should see it because of my interest in Asian culture.”

Mr. Ujhelji explained that he gets inspiration for his drawings from observing the things around him in everyday life. “I get my ideas from what I experience and see when I’m around people or when I travel.”

From Shen Yun he gleaned inspiration “a lot of inspiration. I was touched by the soprano and tenor. That was unbelievable. I was stirred deeply by their ability to address the deepest recesses of the human. They weren’t artificial or twisted.”

Mr. Ujhelji explained what touched him most about the show. “It was art, but at the same time it was genuine, humane, and vital. That is what touched me. It was human and straightforward. One could easily see that the dancers were immersed in their performance with body and soul. In my opinion this was truly the highest level of artistry.”……(The Epochtimes)

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Taiwan Singer moved to tears by the Chinese culture presented in Shen Yun show (Video)

Posted by Author on April 17, 2010


NTD TV via Dailymotion.com-

This is the second time singer Chen Shuang has seen a Shen Yun performance. This time around, one particular dance moved her to tears.

[Chen Shuang, Hakka Singer]: (Chinese,female)
“I really cried very quickly, it really deeply made me feel that we are all the gods and Buddhas reincarnated on the earth. I feel we should use the limited years we have here to develop the beauty and goodness of our traditional Chinese culture, our divine culture. So I really thank Shen Yun, so whole heartedly making use of our culture, a divine culture.”

Ms. Chen says she was especially grateful for the efforts of Shen Yun Performing Arts.

[Chen Shuang, Hakka Singer]: (Chinese female)
“I tell everyone, on television you cannot feel that kind of beauty of our Chinese culture, that kind of charm, you must experience it in person and you will be as moved as I am. Everyone around where the four of us were sitting were all shedding tears. Originally I wanted to hold it in, but when I saw everyone wiping their tears, I wanted to say I just can’t hold it in anymore, and I was stealthily wiping my eyes like this.”

Ms. Chen says an experience like attending Shen Yun provides elation, a sense of loyalty and identity.

NTD News, Kaohsiung County, Taiwan.

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Shen Yun Show Charms Norway Audience

Posted by Author on April 10, 2010


OSLO, Norway— The audience gave a long standing ovation and kept waving to thank the performers long after the show ended. It was as though the people at Folketeateret on Saturday April 9 did not want Shen Yun to end.

This was Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company’s opening show at the Folketeateret.

Located in the center of the city, Folketeateret is Oslo’s largest stage for live theater and has recently undergone renovation. The 70 year old building is the former home of the Norwegian Opera & Ballet.

The audience applauded the performers throughout the show as well.

Ms. Lannaas, project manager with a local company, said she was amazed by how the dancers seemed as though they “floated” across the stage.

“I noticed that the way they moved, it seemed they did not move at all,” she said.

“It was great. I thought ‘oh my god they are amazing, they are really good’.”

The costumes were beautiful, and the dancers were greatly skilled, she said.

She learned about the show through some friends and decided to come to learn more about Chinese culture. She also bought her father, Mr. Lannaas, tickets to the show as his birthday gift.

Mr. Lannaas said he also enjoyed the show.

“Very skillful dancers, very new to me, so colorful, wonderful backdrops,” Mr. Lannaas, who is a researcher, said. He received his ticket to the show from his daughter as his birthday present.

Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will be holding one more show in Oslo on Sunday, April 11. (The Epochtimes)

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Sweden Renowned Actress and MP Says Shen Yun ‘making a great contribution to the world’

Posted by Author on April 9, 2010


STOCKHOLM, Sweden— Renowned actress, director, producer and member of the Swedish parliament, Solveig Ternström, came to the second Shen Yun show in Stockholm. She viewed the show both as a politician and as an actor.

“I was here two years ago. I think it’s an amazing show. The things they do is just incredible. It’s really a grand, artistic experience and such a wonderful crew. Such power and discipline, such beauty! Simply amazing.”

Mrs. Ternström is a renowned actress and director from television and movies, who went into politics when she saw problems in society and felt she might be able to do something about it. Being a member of the Swedish parliament has been a great learning experience, which is drawing to a close this fall.

“I wish most people would get into politics for a while, to see what our democracy is all about.”

She says there are a lot of things to discuss when it comes to democracy as well as dictatorship.

“Imagine if we couldn’t freely discuss or describe our ancient history here in Sweden? That would be terrible,” Mrs. Ternström said.

The show deals both with ancient, traditional Chinese culture, but also how the dictatorship in today’s China affects people.

“It showed the dark sides of a dictatorship, how they treat people who don’t share their world view. They’re not allowed to practice their own ancient traditions.”

Mrs. Ternström, being an experienced actress and producer, thinks this performance can be extremely important.

After the show, she went to a reception and heard a speaker mention that dictatorship is defeated by a warm heart.

“It’s stronger than anything else,” Mrs. Ternstrom said.

Summing up, she concluded: “It’s a joy to see, the dancing and the music, but there’s a message too. I think they brought it out even better this year. They’re really making a great contribution to the world!” (The Epochtimes)

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Shen Yun ‘A voyage of discovery’ , says multimedia production company owner

Posted by Author on April 9, 2010


WINNIPEG, Canada— Wendy Smith and Michael Lloyd said they were taken on a journey of discovery to ancient China after seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts at Winnipeg’s Centennial Concert Hall on Thursday evening.

Co-owners of the multi-media production company Calico Underfoot Advertising International, both enjoyed Shen Yun’s repertory of China’s rich heritage portrayed in classical Chinese dance and music.

As creative director of Calico, Mr. Lloyd has a history in production and is the recipient of two Gemini nominations for excellence in television for “The Guess Who Reunion Concert” and “It’s A Living,” both while working with CBC.

Ms. Smith, whose previous work on Sesame Street earned her a Gemini award, is the company’s president.

They were both impressed with the opening piece titled The Emperor Ushers in a Glorious Age that tells the story of divinely inspired culture being established on earth.

“It looked great. It was ethereal, the dry ice and fog, the colour and the costumes,” Mr. Lloyd said.

“It was very welcoming and full of praise. It was also gentle and beautiful,” said Ms. Smith.

She also liked Dance of the Dai that celebrates the Dai people’s spiritual connection to water.

“The one with the women with the water, that was so beautiful. I felt relaxed and at peace. I felt in harmony and a part of nature. I loved everything about it, all of the emotions,” she said.

Mr. Lloyd said he could see in the show “the genesis of all western Culture coming out of China.”

“In one dance alone I saw Native American Jingle Dress dancing, mixed in with Russian dancing, American Hip Hop dancing, and Irish Highland Dancing. It all came out of China—I just saw that [tonight]. … Nothing has been around as long as Chinese culture.”

“Everything was all there from ancient gods to modern religions, oppression, death, rejuvenation—it’s all there,” Ms. Smith added.

“This is the first time we have seen a traditional Chinese performance and in it we saw so many symbols—the beginnings of all of the other kinds of dance we have seen from Europe, to North America and South America; there were bits of everything there. And Chinese culture is much older than ours, much, much older.”

“It’s the truth, a fact, and it’s nice to see it done properly,” Mr. Lloyd interjected. “It’s visible, you can see it,” he said, adding that he could see the origin of other dances in classical Chinese dance.

Ms. Smith agreed that classical Chinese dance, arguably the richest in the world, “encompasses every kind of dance”

“It all came from China,” said her husband. “When you talk about traditional in terms of Chinese culture, it is ancient culture. When we in the West say traditional, we mean just recently, within the last 500 years.”

“It was beautiful. What a beautiful opening, all of the costumes, and the backdrop was lovely. All of the singers were very good and we enjoyed them very much,” Ms. Smith summarized.

“This was a voyage of discovery for us, a real discovery.” (The Epochtimes)

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Shen Yun “spectacular, brilliant”, says Manitoba Minister of Culture

Posted by Author on April 9, 2010


WINNIPEG, Canada— “They’re well-accomplished artists,” said Flor Marcelino MLA, Manitoba Minister of Culture, Heritage, and Tourism, when she saw the Shen Yun Performing Arts performance at the Centennial Concert Hall, in Winnipeg on Wednesday, April 7. Ms. Marcelino is also the minister responsible for multiculturalism.

“I find the show so beautiful … overall it’s spectacular, brilliant.

“The colors, their costumes, the dresses, are so ornately made–beautiful.

Ms. Marcelino was amazed with the ability of the dancers, she enthused, “And the dance pieces are … I think they’re so well-choreographed. They are wonderful dancers with the movement they’ve shown, exhibited-just amazing.

“Young and talented, well-accomplished dancers, and even the musicians were very accomplished…The talent of the singers are tremendous. They’re all well-accomplished artists.

“I like the music and truly appreciate the beauty of the dance programs, the dance routines and beautiful costumes, the colors are wonderful.”

Shen Yun uses a state of the art digital backdrop to bring beautiful scenes from China and heavenly realms to the stage, adding an extra dimension to the performance. Ms. Marcelino felt this added to the pleasure of her experience. She said, “the use of the screen, the big screen, was very powerful. Looks like you’re there in the actual scene location.”

Ms. Marcelino wanted to tell the Shen Yun performers “We truly appreciate the culture they are sharing with us. Ancient culture you could fully see how well developed and beautiful the Chinese culture is. I have a very soft spot, in my heart, for the Chinese culture, having come from the Philippines, a country that has had so much influence from Chinese culture and appreciate many of the facets of their culture. Truly the music is universal. It’s China’s music, but it resonates with I think anyone, any citizen of the world. And dance too, dance I think, is a language, so is music that is understood by everyone.”

Trying to elaborate Ms. Marcelino said, “the performance is outstanding-I’m out of words.”….. (more details from The Epochtimes)

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Shen Yun’s “music and the dance and the philosophy behind it—beautiful, beautiful”, says Winnipeg professor

Posted by Author on April 9, 2010


WINNIPEG, Canada—For the first time ever, Winnipeg audiences were treated to Shen Yun Performing Arts’ portrayal of the essence of China’s rich traditional heritage at Centennial Concert Hall on Wednesday evening.

“It is very, very good indeed,” said Gustaaf Sevenhuysen, dean and professor in the Faculty of Human Ecology at the University of Manitoba.

“It’s the first time I’ve seen a traditional Chinese show, certainly a live show. Occasionally you can catch something on television, but this is very impressive.”

One of the hallmarks of New York-based Shen Yun is classical Chinese dance, which draws upon thousands of years of art and civilization. Chinese dance includes jumps, turns, flips, and other difficult aerial techniques.

“The movements and the athletics and the acrobatics are different from what I see in other shows—it doesn’t come from Hollywood, you can put it that way,” said Prof. Sevenhuysen.

“On top of that, … the feeling you get from the show is from another time—it is not from today as modern life.”

He said he particularly enjoyed In a Miao Village. One of China’s oldest ethnic groups, the Miao are known for their elaborate headdresses and ornate silver jewellery.

Prof. Sevenhuysen’s wife was also impressed with the show.

“The music and the dance and the philosophy behind it—beautiful, beautiful. The choreography, and then the music and the dance, wow, it’s beautiful,” she said.

Prof. Sevenhuysen added that the theme in many of the pieces “relates to that fact that there is a better way of looking at the world, a better way of behaving—that is the message that comes through … To understand what is important in life and understand and recognize what is important in life.”

“But the dancing I like and the stories I like, because they are traditional.”…… (more details from The Epochtimes)

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“Shen Yun demonstrated the authentic characteristics of Chinese people- gracefulness, strength and beauty, and it made me feel proud”, says Taiwan Women’s Association Board Member

Posted by Author on April 6, 2010


TAINAN, TaiwanShen Yun Performing Arts has caused quite a stir in Taiwan and many celebrities in artistic circles were drawn to seeing the show because of its good reputation. Accompanied by her husband who is a medical doctor, Ms. Lin Yongqui, Standing Board Member of the Tainan Women’s Association, was one of those who attended the Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company’s show in Tainan on March 3. She was deeply touched by the connotations of the Shen Yun show that her eyes brimmed with tears from time to time. She added in excitement, “I am in the mood that I feel like sharing it with others.”

This was the first time she watched Shen Yun and Ms. Lin mentioned that the show was completely beyond her expectations. “The contents of the show and the way it was presented were actually something regarding human’s longing for the spiritual realm of truthfulness, compassion and gracefulness. So what I saw just now was a performance with profound meanings,” she added. Though she appreciates watching performing arts year round, Ms. Lin said that she has never seen a gorgeous show like this. She continued, “The body language, choreography and the design of the costumes were so exquisite that it was indeed a feast for the eyes.”

Ms. Lin praised Shen Yun for its perfect presentation of Chinese dances. She said, “The performance of the dance Flowing Silk was amazingly good. It was beyond my imagination that Chinese dance could be performed so gracefully.” She mentioned that she was fascinated by the authentic Chinese culture illustrated by Shen Yun, and she was proud of being Chinese. “It [Shen Yun] demonstrated the authentic characteristics of Chinese people, i.e. gracefulness, strength and beauty, and it made me feel proud. I think such beautiful things can be introduced to the outside world.” She explained that though she saw performing arts overseas from time to time, she was surprised to find the broad and profound essence of the traditional Chinese culture showcased by Shen Yun today. She thus regarded Shen Yun as “our treasure,” and it should be promoted worldwide.

As she is familiar with music, Ms. Lin greatly praised all of Shen Yun’s vocalists. She said, “Their voices were very exquisite, and the [lyrics] had profound connotations, so l like them very much,” she exclaimed.

What moved Ms. Lin the most was the program Nothing Can Block the Divine Path, which depicted the current day persecution of practitioners of the spiritual discipline Falun Gong by the Chinese communist regime. She said, “A family of three originally led a happy life, but the happy family was broken and the family members became destitute and homeless due to the persecution perpetrated by the evil forces. … So, when I saw the Buddha descended from heaven to save the sentient beings, I was almost in tears. It was really very touching.” She added that she was deeply moved when the evil was eventually overpowered by righteousness. Inspired by the scenes that Falun Gong practitioners were steadfast in their cultivation under persecution, she exclaimed.

After knowing that all the Shen Yun artists are overseas Chinese, she was delighted because these overseas Chinese have carried forward the traditional Chinese culture into the future. She said, “After the Great Cultural Revolution launched by the Chinese Communist Party, many precious things were lost. With the endeavor of these overseas Chinese [performers of Shen Yun], those valuable things have been preserved. I was very delighted and deeply moved today, because I saw those pure elements [in the show].” ( The Epochtimes)

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‘I feel so proud tonight’, says Chinese immigrant after Shen Yun show in Edmonton

Posted by Author on April 6, 2010


EDMONTON, Canada— On the last day of the long weekend, Shen Yun Performing Arts wrapped up the night for a full-house audience. Among the enthusiastic crowd at the Northern Jubilee Auditorium were Shiva and his wife, Ms. Zhou.

“I have never seen such a beautiful performance even in China,” said Ms. Zhou, who arrived in Canada from China two years ago.

“I really enjoyed the dance In a Miao Village. I sensed a particular connection to it. My husband is Canadian, he worked in China for five years and is dearly in love with Chinese culture. I told him that today’s performance presented authentic Chinese culture. I feel so proud tonight.”

Ms. Zhou said that the combination of the backdrops, music, and stage was “astounding.”

“While watching the performance, I was astounded by the deities flying down from the backdrops and becoming real deities through live performers. And then the live deities fly back into the backdrops. Wow … it’s just spectacular!”

Ms. Zhou also extended her comment on The Tibetan Dance of Praise.

“It was so dear, so pure, so beautiful. The dance, music, and backdrops are all of Tibetan taste. The performance immediately brought me into this ancient ethnicity’s culture. I was telling my husband that I’m so proud of China’s 5,000 years of history.”…… (more details from The Epochtimes)

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Shen Yun “an incredibly colorful show”, Says Stockholm Cultural Representative

Posted by Author on April 6, 2010


STOCKHOLM— “Wonderful music and lots of joy in the dancing,” said Mrs. Berit Svedberg, head of the Cultural Department of the City of Stockholm about Shen Yun. Mrs. Svedberg recommended everyone to go see the show and absorb the ancient culture of China.

Mrs. Svedberg went to see Shen Yun with her daughter Maria on this cold and rather wintery April day. Both were quite moved by the dazzling performance, which was quite a contrast to the grayness of the season in Sweden.

“It’s such an incredibly colorful show—very lively and energetic,” said Mrs. Svedberg, who once vacationed in China “many, many years ago”.

She finds it wonderful that Shen Yun can perform in so many parts of the world and show China’s cultural heritage.

“It’s wonderful to experience such an old, rich cultural heritage! It is really a shame … that they can’t perform in China,” she added.

Mrs. Anneli Hellström, principal of a school in the nearby city of Västerås, also came to see the show with her husband and some friends.

“I liked it very, very much. I think these dancers are just terrific!” said Mrs. Hellström.

Among her favorites were the lantern dance and the Tibetan Dance of Praise.

“It’s so marvelous to see all the dancers on the floor, at the same time. It’s just perfect. And it’s also interesting to learn about Chinese culture.”…… (the Epochtimes)

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Shen Yun “brings back the essence of the glamorous Chinese culture”, Says Taiwan University President

Posted by Author on April 6, 2010


TAINAN, Taiwan— With a friend’s recommendation, president of the Hsing Kuo University of Management, Dr. Lin, Tsai-Yuan, attended the Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company’s show for the first time on the evening of April 2. After seeing the first half of the show, he exclaimed, “The 5,000-year Chinese culture was fully illustrated by Shen Yun, as it brings back the essence of the glamorous Chinese culture from the past. It is really great. Everyone should see the show.

“What was demonstrated by Shen Yun was the coordination, strength and gracefulness. … During the performance, there was seamless coordination. When so many performers danced together, they had perfect tacit agreement, so that the performance could be so perfect and wonderful.”

Talking about the creative backdrops, Dr. Lin said: “By using computer technology, many beautiful scenes can be presented on the screen. They are different from traditional ones that need to be changed manually. I think this is a great inspiration.” He also praised the perfect coordination of the backdrops and the program. For instance, when the Tibetan dance was performed, the scenery of the snow-capped mountains in the Tibetan Plateau was presented on the dynamic backdrop; while a slower program Flowing Silk was performed, the scenery of a quiet lake was selected.

Dr. Li also said that he liked the Miao folk dance [In a Miao Village], as the costumes were very colorful, their dancing skills were exceptionally good, the dancers were slender and light footed, and they changed movements very quickly and beautifully. “I think the biggest characteristic is that performers changed positions very swiftly, from one side to the other side, back and forth, which made me feel very happy,” he continued.

In addition, he especially praised the Shen Yun New York Orchestra for its excellent performance. He said, “This orchestra is exceptionally good, and we could tell the coordination between the dancers and the orchestra was perfect.” (The Epochtimes)

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“Shen Yun is the world’s best”, says Taiwan jewellery company owner

Posted by Author on April 4, 2010


TAINAN, Taiwan— The operator of a jewellery company based in Taiwan’s southern city of Tainan said Shen Yun put on the best performance she has ever seen. Ms. Huang Hsiu-Mei owns Shibaofang Jewelry Company and is a long-time supporter of the Rotary Club. After attending the New York-based dance company’s second performance in the Tainan Municipal Cultural Center, Ms. Huang said: “I’ve traveled around the world, and seen performances wherever I’ve been, but Shen Yun is the world’s best. It was too good! Just incredible!

Ms. Huang added that she has seen a lot of dance performances abroad, but feels that Chinese dance has the most character, and the deepest inner meaning. The Shen Yun performers’ beautiful outfits melded perfectly with the characters they were playing. The dancers had a soft and graceful demeanor, like floating heavenly maidens. She liked every performance, but the ethnic Miao dance gave her the deepest impression.

“The dancers were all so young, and they played their parts so well,” she said. “As they danced they were so light-footed. Every performance had its own special character, especially the Miao ethnic dance that was just outstanding.”

Huang Hsiu-Mei admired the dancers’ smiles during the various ethnic dances. She said their radiant smiles lifted the atmosphere of the whole theatre, and lifted the spirits of the audience. “They smiled the whole way through each movement. Their faces were nothing but smiles. It was great.”

She said the live orchestra accompaniment, especially the seamless combining of Eastern and Western instruments, was just perfect. It melded flawlessly with the dancers and the inner meanings they were expressing.

She said that Shen Yun wasn’t just the best Chinese dance performance, but it was the best performance in the world. “Out of all the Chinese dances, I think Shen Yun is the best,” she said. “I’ve seen a lot of foreign dances, and no matter whether it’s the world’s best performances in Paris or Russia, and Shen Yun is different. It’s just outstanding.”…… (more details from The Epochtimes)

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Shen Yun ‘Absolutely phenomenal’, “10 out of 10 without a doubt”, Says Canadian MLA in Regina

Posted by Author on April 4, 2010


REGINA, Canada— Saskatchewan MLA, Trent Wotherspoon, on seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts for the very first time, said the show was “just a breathtaking performance, beautiful.”

He was at the New York-based Shen Yun opening presentation at Regina’s Conexus Art Centre on April 3 with his wife, Stephanie.

“My wife and I were both privileged to come here this evening and see classical dance that represents the great history, thousands of years, just a beautiful, beautiful display,” Mr. Wotherspoon said.

He said not only did the show portray China’s 5,000 years of traditional history, but also the dances told stories taken from ancient legends, folk tales and modern stories of courage.

“It’s something that’s incredibly unique. The colours added to it; it is just an absolutely breathtaking performance.”

Mr. Wotherspoon particularly enjoyed Wu Song Battles the Tiger.

“The one where the individual had a few too many at the tavern and made his way up into the mountains on a tiger hunt, and coming back with the tiger. There was some humour involved in that one as well, but just a beautiful, beautiful display of dance.”

The Canadian politician said the community was privileged to have Shen Yun come to Regina.

“To have a show like this come to our centre and to have a show that’s travelling the world come to Saskatchewan is just of great pride for myself. I wish all of the organizers incredibly well with their world travels and their display, and it’s just a real opportunity … I’m so pleased that it’s stopped in Regina,” Mr. Wotherspoon enthused.

And how would he rate the production? “Absolutely phenomenal, breathtaking. If we’re talking a numerical scale, a 10 out of 10 without a doubt. Just the organization and the dance is done impeccably well. And anybody who is able to see the show will realize what a privilege that is. So thank you so much.”…… (more details from The Epochtimes)

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The Evening With Shen Yun “Was Like a Dream”, Says Denmark Architect and Fashion Designer

Posted by Author on April 4, 2010


AARHUS, DenmarkShen Yun Performing Arts delighted the Danish audience in Aarhus, on their premiere 2010 show in Scandinavia, on Friday evening, April 2, at The Concert Hall Aarhus (Musikhuset Aarhus). ”This evening was like a dream”, said Mr. Sukhdev Singh Kailya, an architect who attended the show for the first time with his wife, Ms. Gunnor Næsvold, a fashion designer.

Originally from India, Mr. Kailya has been living in Aarhus, Denmark, for the past 40 years. He and his Norwegian-born wife, Ms. Gunnor Næsvold, came to the show after he saw a poster for Shen Yun.

“I saw the poster in Aarhus for the first time. I think it was really amazing; it was standing out. So I got immediately interested and went home and told my wife that we should go and see it,” said Mr. Kailya, “It was beautiful and the movement—it was just like the feeling of flying—that is why we came here.”

Shen Yun Performing Arts is based in New York, and is the only performance company today that brings authentic classical Chinese dance to the stage in its pure form. The aerial techniques and noble deportment of the dancers have amazed audiences the world over. Shen Yun includes in its repertoire story-based dances depicting legends from ancient China all the way through modern times, as well as folk dances from many regions throughout China.

With the eye of a fashion designer, Ms. Næsvold was delighted by the classical Chinese dancing in Shen Yun, remarking on the “beautiful music, beautiful people, and beautiful dresses!” She said, “The dancing was amazing. I am going home to start training the way they are walking. It was fanstastic to see.” The elegant lady had a beaming smile on her face as she spoke.

Mr. Kailya commented on the faithful regional flair of the various dances as well as the realistic settings for the story-based dances. “This was very surprising, to experience all these different parts of China. Very nice how they introduce the culture of the East. It is the old knowledge, which they are trying to tell the world.” He felt that the many dances in Shen Yun worked to share a feeling as a whole. Additionally, he indicated that Shen Yun was quite a visual treat. “We were fascinated by the backdrop pictures,” he said, and he enjoyed “all the mountains from the northern parts.” Mr. Kailya recalled the Himalayas in the backdrop for the Tibetan Dance of Praise. He felt the content in Shen Yun was not only striking to watch, but deep in its meaning. “I think the message is very nice,” he said……. (more detals from The Epochtimes)

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Shen Yun orchestra “perfectly together as a group”, says Canadian Pianist in Calgary

Posted by Author on April 1, 2010


CALGARY, Canada— Most of all, it was the beautiful colours that delighted Iryna Zayarny at the opening show of world-renowned Shen Yun Performing Arts at Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium on Tuesday evening.

Ms. Zayarny is a pianist who teaches at the Conservatory at Calgary’s Mount Royal University, a leading institution of arts education in Canada established in 1910. She is also a painter, and her work will be shown in an exhibit in three weeks.

She noted that she especially admired the costumes with their bright colours that contrast with and complement each other. They included reds and greens, yellows and violets, blues and oranges.

“They are called complementary colours. They, on the colour wheel, are against each other,  but when you put them together, they look even brighter with each other,” she said.

“Someone is doing a good job of putting colours together on the costumes. They are really done professionally. Every colour matches the other colours,” said Ms. Zayarny. “They draw people’s eyes  . . .  As an artist, I’m telling you, it’s very beautiful.”

Ms. Zayarny was accompanied by her son at the premier classical Chinese dance and music production.

“It was put together very well,” agreed her son, who said that “the whole show is energetic” and that the story-based dance titled Wu Song Battles the Tiger was his favourite performance.

The dance is based on one of China’s most beloved novels, Outlaw of the Marsh, in which the mighty Wu Song saves a village from a man-eating tiger.

It was the theme of strength that impressed both mother and son.

In contrast, Ms. Zayarny’s most memorable dance was Fairies in the Clouds, a fan dance portraying pure and carefree deities in their heavenly home. The peaceful blue and white on stage conveyed a different mood.

“Softer mood, brighter mood, sometimes there are different moods,” she said, adding that the music played by the live 40-plus-member orchestra was “too good to be true” and greatly complemented the other elements of the show.

A trademark of Shen Yun is its orchestra that bring to the audience a masterful fusion of classical Chinese and Western instruments in their performances of original compositions.

“ Very nice  . . .  very clean, perfectly together as a group, as an orchestra,” she said.

As a pianist and teacher in western classical music, Ms. Zayarny praised conductor Lin Chia-Chi and said the sounds from the Chinese instruments let her “envision myself in China.”

“The music was really Chinese,” she said, noting that western music has the chromatic scale while the five-tone pentatonic music featured in Shen Yun gives it the distinctive Chinese flavour.

“Pentatonic  . . .  You don’t use half steps, you use different tones,” she explained. “The basic [character] for Chinese music is different.”

“The short notes, long notes in different instruments, high and low notes  . . .  it all fit together very, very well,” said Ms. Zayarny’s son. (The Epochtimes)

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Shen Yun ‘The top of anything I’ve seen’, Says Alberta MLA

Posted by Author on March 30, 2010


CALGARY, Canada— Dr. David Swann, MLA for Calgary-Mountain View and Leader of the Opposition, has seen many different productions. Out of all of them, however, he considers Shen Yun “the top.”

“The top, the top of anything I’ve seen,” said Dr. Swann after watching Shen Yun Performing Arts‘ opening show at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium on March 30.

Dr. Swann has always been active within his community and was responsible for initiating the Healthy City Project in Calgary in 1987. He is also actively involved in raising human rights issues locally and internationally.

This was the second time the MLA was attending Shen Yun, and he was “equally impressed” this time.

“All new, very, very creative, and wonderful talent, all of them,” he said.

“I was surprised with every part of it.”

Noting that Shen Yun Performing Arts has two other companies touring the world, Dr. Swann said, “I think the world is ready for this,” and hoped that Shen Yun is well-supported in every country they visit. He added that he will support Shen Yun Performing Arts in whatever form he can. (the Epochtimes)

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