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Chinese Embassy’s Interference Repeatedly Failed, Shen Yun Performances at Athens Go On

Posted by Author on June 8, 2010


By Joshua Philipp & Gary Feuerberg, Epoch Times Staff, Jun 8, 2010 –

Seemingly wherever Shen Yun, a show of classical Chinese dance and music touring the world, appears, officials of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) seek to block it from performing. Nonetheless, nearly all of the hundreds of performances have taken place on schedule.

Cancellations have occurred in countries that were part of the former Soviet Union—Ukraine, Moldova, Russia, and Romania—or where the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has strong leverage, such as in Hong Kong, South Korea, and Singapore.

Two performances of the New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts in Greece on June 4 and 5 nearly didn’t happen. The details are unique to Athens, but the story is similar to other venues.

On May 21, exactly two weeks before the first scheduled performance, the Falun Dafa Association of Greece, the sponsor of the show, discovered that the ticket sales for Shen Yun were disrupted. The Athens Music Hall did not inform them about stopping ticket sales, but the sponsor became suspicious when they were no longer getting daily updates.

Soon thereafter, the sponsor received a faxed message from the Athens Music Hall, saying that the shows had to be “postponed” due to technical problems at the venue, which could only be fixed between June 1 and 7—a period that included the days of the scheduled Shen Yun performances.

At first, the theater would not specify the “technical problem.” Later, they disclosed it as a ventilation problem. No explanation was provided as to why the alleged ventilation problem could not be fixed prior to the Shen Yun shows, as the theater’s calendar indicated several days with no scheduled performances beforehand.

It is not hard to surmise where the pressure to “postpone,” which would have meant canceling the shows, came from. Greece has been in an economic crisis with a $300 billion debt. On the day the sponsor of Shen Yun learned that their shows would be “postponed,” Reuters reported that China Ocean Shipping Group (COSCO) would go ahead with investments to modernize Piraeus Port as part of a 3.4 billion euro concession deal with Greece.

According to Greek media reports, the spokesperson for the Falun Dafa Association of Greece said that COSCO’s president and senior managers met with Greek politicians at the theater on the same day, May 31.

In the end, the theater backed down, and the performances went on at the scheduled times. One of the dancers wrote to The Epoch Times that Shen Yun performers held a long meeting with the theater’s management, explaining in depth the role played by the CCP. After that meeting, the theater allowed them to proceed with the shows and indicated that they absolutely did not want to get involved in political matters. …… (more details from The Epochtimes)

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Shen Yun ‘Eleven out of Ten’ , Says Brisbane Business Owner

Posted by Author on June 3, 2010


BRISBANE, AustraliaShen Yun Performing Arts’ tour of Australia has finally come to a close with their last show at the Lyric Theatre on Wednesday night, June 3. The New York-based company is continuing on to Hawaii as it completes its 2010 world tour, bringing joy to people from all walks of life in its divine vision of cultural renewal.

The performance showcases stories from 5000 years of Chinese culture through classical dance and music. This year, for the first time, the tour is accompanied by the Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company Orchestra—more than 40 professional musicians creating a wonderful union of Chinese and Western traditions.

Keith Sykes originally comes from England and runs his own business as a training consultant in engineering workplace health and safety. He attended Shen Yun with his wife who is a retired dancer. The couple will soon be travelling to China on holiday so had decided to come and see Shen Yun to get a taste of Chinese culture before their trip. They have already spent a lot of time in Asia, mainly in Vietnam and Taiwan.

Mr. Sykes exclaimed, “I’m just blown out of my mind! The costumes were great! Lovely, lovely dancers, and I love the atmosphere. I thought the audience were all switched on, it was magic. I hope the second half is as good as the first, it’s just great.”

He felt that he had learned a lot about Chinese culture and classical dance, commenting, “It’s very gentle, very soft and very precise and lots of clean movements, and you can tell as I know a bit about ballet, about the way they are dancing. You can tell what they are saying—very expressive.”

Mr. Sykes had felt an underlying message in the show about the current situation in China where the spiritual discipline of Falun Gong is being persecuted. One of the dances portrays a mother and her daughter being arrested for practising Falun Gong. He said, “Yes, I got a bit teary on the one about the beings coming down and the little girl being taken away. Yes, and them all going back up, I thought that was great.”

He continued with his overall impression of the performance, saying, “A lovely big strong belief because they are a different culture to us, and I like that spiritual side of things. So for me, I’ll give it an 11 out of 10. It was just great—a new experience.”

Mr. Sykes will be telling his friends that they must come and see Shen Yen, adding, “To see it is to believe it, because there are not many people that know much about it. Well worth seeing, worth every penny. It can reach anybody and everybody. It was really just great, I can’t say anything else. Yes, I have no faults at all.”

Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will now travel to Hawaii to perform four shows at Concert Hall, Neal Blaisdell Center, Honolulu, from June 4-6. For more information visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

The Epochtimes

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Shen Yun Show Schedule in June 2010 in Australia, Greece, Italy, Poland, and the United States

Posted by Author on May 31, 2010


Shen Yun Performing Arts is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company, seeks to revive the true, five-millennia-old artistic tradition of China. Here’s its shows’ schedule in June 2010:

Brisbane, Australia
Jun 1 – 2
Athens, Greece
Jun 3 – 4
Honolulu, HI, United States
Jun 4 – 6
Torino, Italy
Jun 8 – 9
Lodz, Poland
Jun 14 – 16
New Brunswick, NJ, United States
Jun 20
Providence, RI, United States
Jun 26 – 27
Orlando, FL, United States
Jun 30

– From website of Shen Yun Performing Arts

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Shen Yun is “so dynamic and so uplifting”, says Cleveland City Councilwoman

Posted by Author on May 30, 2010


The Epochtimes, May 29, 2010-

CLEVELAND, Ohio— City of Cleveland Councilwoman Mamie Mitchell was very pleased to attend the Shen Yun Performing Arts show at the Playhouse Square on Saturday evening.

Speaking on behalf of the City Council at the post-show reception, Ms. Mitchell presented in the reception the Council’s resolution of recognition for Shen Yun’s arrival to their city to those present.

“This Council applauds Shen Yun on its outstanding expression of the cherished traditional values of Chinese culture, and extends the best wishes for a wonderful Cleveland experience with this very unique show,” Ms. Mitchell read from the resolution.

She explained that Shen Yun was a very “uplifting performance” and that she was pleasantly surprised.

“I never anticipated Shen Yun would be so dynamic and so uplifting,” she said.

Shen Yun, explained Ms. Mitchell, is “good for the soul,” and also informs people about the 5,000 plus years history of China.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts presents classical Chinese dance and music through exhilarating colorful shows for audiences around the world.

“It is really, really great,” Ms. Mitchell said, thanking the Shen Yun artists for giving her the “pleasure” to enjoy Chinese history and culture……. (more detals from The Epochtimes)

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“First Class” – Melbourne Philanthropist Praises Shen Yun (video)

Posted by Author on May 29, 2010


NTD TV, Via DailyMotion –

Shen Yun’s second performance at Melbourne’s State Theatre, has once again uplifted audience members.

Pat La Manna was impressed by the skill and the professionalism of the dancers.

[Pat La Manna, Philanthropist/Entrepreneur]:
“First class, I’ve never ever seen anything like that before, truly!, I don’t think I ever will again.”

Enthusiastic about the whole show, he felt a sense of joy surrounding the dancers.

[Pat La Manna, Philanthropist/Entrepreneur]:
“Everything, absolutely everything, and the scenery and the costumes and the way they look – the happy lot … I recommend it to everybody to come and see the show. It’s something different that will probably be years before you see a show like this again.” ….. (more details from NTD TV)

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Shen Yun ‘deserve a medal’, Says Former Australian Ballerina

Posted by Author on May 29, 2010


MELBOURNE, Australia– Former ballerina Kristine Whorlaw had not heard of the Shen Yun Performing Arts but now that she has seen one of its shows, her memories gleaned will be hard to forget. She saw the company at Melbourne’s Arts Centre State Theatre on May 29. “I thought it was absolutely wonderful. I was stunned, quite frankly,” Ms. Whorlaw said. “The dancing was amazing, quite marvellous, really. I think the fluidity of the movement of the female dancers, mixed with the vibrant acrobatics of the male dancers… oh, the coordination was just fantastic. I don’t know who does the getting them all together and all the training, but I think they deserve a medal.”

Even more than the technical quality, the emotional content spoke to her.

Ms. Whorlaw said Shen Yun had “absolutely world class dancers,” while her husband, Mr. Trousdale, mused about the depth of the show he couldn’t quite pinpoint. “It was a message that was … it was a subtle message, but I think it was given with a tremendous amount of feeling and sincerity. That’s what I felt. It wasn’t really pushing the theme, or the idea, but the message came out clearly, very simply, and it was very nicely done.”

His wife agreed, saying the feeling “was extremely sincere.”

“I think the audience would have been impressed by that. And I think the message gave the impression that the members of the company were very sincere and dedicated, and really believed in what they’re doing and in their own personal beliefs.”

Ms. Whorlaw said she could see how Chinese classical dance influenced other dance forms, saying she was “extremely impressed” with not only the emotional depiction of the different stories, but also the technique, and choreography.”

Story-based dances adapted from beloved Chinese legends, folkloric traditions and modern day stories of astounding courage, are one of the trademarks of Shen Yun.

“I had to sit upright in my chair, as my husband will tell you, and look at some of the choreography, because as he said, it had great fluidity and agility and ease. So I think it was extremely impressive.”…… (more details from The Epochtimes)

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Emmy Award Winning Filmmaker Finds Shen Yun ‘Very moving’, ‘quite inspiring’

Posted by Author on May 26, 2010


MELBOURNE, Australia— The Arts capital of Australia played host to Shen Yun Performing Arts on Tuesday, May 25, in the first of seven shows at the Arts Centre State Theatre.

Shen Yun, a New York-based company, tours the world with presentations of Chinese classical dance, vocalists and a live orchestral fusion of Western and Chinese instruments, providing a unique insight into traditional Chinese culture, with a thought provoking and moving production.

Emmy Award winning filmmaker and actor Tahir Cambis was in the audience to see Shen Yun’s opening performance in Melbourne.

“I found it very moving in parts, and quite inspiring,” Mr. Cambis said.

“What I was interested in … I was looking at it as a Westerner and thinking … what sort of information will this pass on to Western people. People who have most of their ideas of China pass through, say, mainland China, and so I was trying to see how the references to the Tang Dynasty and traditional culture would communicate themselves to Western audiences.”

According to its website, Shen Yun Performing Arts “is a nonprofit organization that is independent of China’s communist regime and which seeks to revive the true, five-millennia-old artistic tradition of China that thrived before decades of suppression by the Chinese communist party.”

Mr. Cambis said: “In terms of giving Western people a chance to connect to something and say, ok I see there’s kind of a movement happening of both artistic, philosophical, as well as a spiritual one that has global implications, and that it’s operating outside of the mainstream Chinese government’s ideas of what Chinese culture should be, which is good.”

Mr. Cambis believed that “it’s healthy to have alternative and diverse ideas about spirituality and culture in any society.”

Mr. Cambis’ film, Exile in Sarajevo won an International Emmy Award, as well as Best Documentary at the Melbourne Film Festival. Mr. Cambis travelled to Sarajevo during the siege by Bosnian Serb forces in 1995, spending months in the war torn area and documenting the impact of the war on the citizens of Sarajevo, particularly the children.

Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will perform at Melbourne’s Arts Centre State Theatre until May 30. For more information visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

The Epochtimes

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China Pressures Moldovan Theater to Close Doors to Shen Yun Arts Show

Posted by Author on May 26, 2010


Epoch Times Staff, May 25, 2010 –

CHISINAU, Republic of Moldova— The National Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Moldova closed its doors to a Shen Yun Performing Arts performance scheduled at the venue this Tuesday, reneging on a contract it had with the show presenter.

During the ongoing Shen Yun Performing Arts world tour, following shows in more than 20 countries, the dance company was denied access to the theater building May 25, the very day the show was to first premiere in The Republic of Moldova.

Shen Yun’s local presenter, The Moldovan Falun Dafa Association, received no explanation for denying the dance company access. The theater administration flatly refused to speak to the Association, or the Shen Yun company director, said Falun Dafa Association representatives. Pro TV, the Moldovan national television station, was reportedly similarly rebuffed, as was The Epoch Times.

However, in the days prior to the abrupt closing, the Chinese Ambassador to Moldova attempted to pressure the Moldovan Minister of Culture, Boris Focsa, and the Director of the National Theatre, Valeria Seican, to cancel the performance, said Tatiana Chiriac, President of the Moldovan Falun Dafa Association.

Both officials told Chiriac that the Chinese Ambassador told them there would be economic consequences to Moldova if the show was allowed to go on, she said.

The President of Moldova, Mihai Ghimpu, was positively inclined towards Shen Yun, said Chiriac, as was Seican, the theatre Director, who vowed to resist the Chinese embassy pressure. Apparently, however, she gave in at the last minute, observed Chiriac. None of the officials were available for comment at the time of writing.

Shen Yun Performing Arts
is the top classical Chinese dance company in the world. Shen Yun is based in New York, and has three companies performing around the world. Performances have delighted audiences in Asia, Europe, North and South America, including on some of the world’s top stages such as Radio City Music Hall in New York, the Palais Royale in Paris, and Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Since 2006, Shen Yun has delivered over 500 performances worldwide, to an overall audience of over a million people.

The mission of the Shen Yun Performing Arts is the revival of milennia-old Chinese cultural traditions, ones that were largely destroyed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in its attempts to eradicate traditional Chinese culture during decades of rule, especially during the Cultural Revolution.

Alongside traditional Chinese culture presented in their performances through classical dance and music, ancient costumes, and themes inspired by ancient legends and tales, Shen Yun includes contemporary dance programs set in modern China, that reference the Chinese Communist regime’s persecution of Falun Gong practitioners.

Since Shen Yun began touring, there have been multiple instances of the Chinese diplomats trying to pressure theaters as well as governments into canceling the show. The lockout comes on the heels of Beijing diplomats attempting to force the cancellation of the Shen Yun performance in Odessa, Ukraine, scheduled for May 28……. (more details from The Epochtimes)

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New Jersey Researcher Finds Shen Yun “inspirational”

Posted by Author on May 23, 2010


NEWARK, New Jersey— Following its second performance of classical Chinese dance and unique music Shen Yun Performing Arts closed to standing ovations on May 23 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

During the intermission of the afternoon show, Johnny Sandaire, a researcher for a global computer company, said the show was “inspirational.”

“They do a lot of cultural dances and they talk about beliefs, inner beliefs,” said Sandaire. “Also, they support the fact that human beings are very special and shouldn’t just focus on material things, there’s something beyond, and with 5,000 years of culture, they’re able to compress it into what I’ve seen so far.”

Included in the show are stories and dances of ancient legends, Chinese folk tales, and dynasties from China’s historic culture.

The performers with Shen Yun are trained in classical Chinese dance, as well as Chinese ethnic and folk dance. The movements are highly expressive and through a vast array of movements, enable the dancers to portray characters of several demeanors, cultures, and eras.

Sandaire said he particularly enjoyed the choreography of the show. “The way the movements are coordinated, it seems that they are floating as they are walking,” he said. “It seems like they put a lot of energy into learning and performing the arts. So I really appreciate it so far.”

Attending the show with Sandaire was his girlfriend, Kathrine Haberko, who works as a psychotherapist. She added that the choreography also stood out for her, “The design and choreography, and the lines, the way they move, it’s absolutely beautiful.”

“I love it. It’s incredible. It’s absolutely beautiful,” Haberko said.

Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will perform two more shows in New Jersey Performing Arts Center, on Sunday, May 23, at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. For more information visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

The Epochtimes

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Shen Yun Farewells Istanbul, Next Stop Moldova

Posted by Author on May 22, 2010


INSTANBUL— Illustrious costume designer, art director and academic, Turkan Kadafar, was doubly-impressed by the Shen Yun Performing Arts’ debut presentation held at the Anadolu Auditorium on Saturday, May 22.

It was the first time the New York-based Shen Yun was presented in Turkey and those who saw the performance raved about its beauty.

Mr. Kadarfa was one of them and he’s going to phone everyone he knows to tell them what a wonderful experience he had.

The New York-based Shen Yun brings ancient China’s divinely-inspired heritage into the 21st century through Chinese classical dance and music.

Mr. Kafadar said because of his work in opera, theatre and movies, he was impressed with the presentation, comprising of exquisitely designed and ornamented costumes, high-tech backdrop scenes, a full orchestra playing a fusion of Western and Chinese instruments, and world-class artists.

“I found the performance fabulous,” he said. “The colors of the performance which expresses the [Chinese] nature impressed me tremendously. … The show is really amazing.”

Mr. Kadafar said he hoped Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company, one of three companies, would be very successful on its 2010 world tour of more than 100 cities.

“I wish to see the show many times more. I wish the show had stayed here longer and we could see it more, and I recommend the show to everybody.

“Today my phone will not stop, because I will call everybody. I will tell everybody that they must see the show. I really would like to thank everybody working for this performance a lot,” he said.

‘The show is perfect’

Also in the audience was Serdar Kocman who is a “conscentious objection defender” and very interested in reading books about peace.

“We don’t have traditional peace,” Mr. Kocman said, the three principles, truth, compassion, forbearance, should be a spiritual pursuit “for the human being and for the world” urgently needed in Turkey, he said.

“The show is perfect. The costumes are perfect.” Mr. Kocman enthused, and will urge his friends to see a Shen Yun show.

‘I felt their hearts smiling’

The owner of a textile company gave his name only as David, saw the show with his wife.

“I like it very much. It is very nice. The dancers were great; the performers were great. The costumes, the colors, the scenery, the background scenery, were all very nice,” he said.

“The harmony of the dances were perfect; all the dancers dance in the same way, having the same rhythm, I felt their heart smiling all the time, they had smiling faces all the time, so it was beautiful. All the performers were great”

The array of color combinations were perfect, he said.

“Beautiful, beautiful, very nice, colorful. The costumes and colors were chosen perfectly. They matched with the backgrounds. They were very nice.”

Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will perform two shows at Chisinau, Modolva, on May 25 and 26.

The Epochtimes

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Shen Yun “breathtaking and incredible by the perfection”, says Professor of Switzerland Ballet Academy

Posted by Author on May 18, 2010


NEUCHÂTEL, Switzerland– Monique Ammann, from Lausanne, is a former Madrid ballet dancer and was appointed as professor of the Académie de Ballet Neuchâtel in 1994. Ms. Ammann was in the audience of Shen Yun Performing Arts on May 15 in Neuchâtel.

A world class extravaganza, Shen Yun brings to the stage ancient Chinese legends, folkloric tales and contemporary stories played out in classical Chinese dance, music and song.

“Everything was magnificent,” Ms. Ammann said. “The dancers are perfect, it’s very precise, it’s a show that conveys a lot of emotion to me … breathtaking and incredible by the perfection of the technique and the dancers who are really magnificent. They have an extraordinary training. In any case, I’m amazed.”

Monique Ammam recommends seeing this “extraordinary” show. “The scenario is magnificent, it’s really something… It makes one travel, those projections are really very interesting,” she declared, referring to the dynamic projected back-drops.

“If I’d have a second [another] life, I’d learn classical Chinese dance, because it’s really fabulous. They are perfect artists. The technique is magnificent.” she concluded. (The Epochtimes)

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“You couldn’t help but being moved—each song, each item”- Toledo Gallery Owner impressed by Shen Yun show

Posted by Author on May 18, 2010


TOLEDO, Ohio— In a Shen Yun performance, it has been said that the deep resonance of China’s millennia-old culture is seen coursing throughout, and the bearing and skill of the dancers carries stories forward from long ago. It has been described as a very moving experience by theater-goers the world over. Tonight in Toledo was no exception. The audience, after tonight’s May 14 show at the Stranahan Theater, added their voices to history during Shen Yun’s epoch-making world tour.

Eric Hillenbrand, owner of Toledo’s 20 North Gallery, has also performed with Toledo Ballet and Toledo Opera. He was accompanied to Shen Yun by Condessa Croninger, Associate Art Director of 20 North Gallery, who is very involved in the Toledo performing arts community. Both Mr. Hillenbrand and Ms. Croninger spoke of the rare experience of seeing Shen Yun.

“I had seen productions on an international level, this had something very special,” said Mr. Hillenbrand.

Ms. Croninger described her reaction to the performance. “We were swept away by the beauty of the performance and also by the incredible power of the arts to provide such a universal and compelling language to express the desire to be free. We were so moved and feel enriched by the performance.”

Regarding the artistry of the performers, Ms. Croninger found Shen Yun to be “just amazing.” She said, “the dancers have such a lyrical sense of expression and such a powerful delivery, its just a beautiful performance … It’s so vivid and vibrant … the entire production just makes a beautiful presentation.”

Mr. Hillenbrand added, “And the precision is overwhelming, I mean just to watch them—and I must tell you the singers … just so touching, so amazing, very powerful.” He continued, “I will be honest with you, I have seen many theatrical productions and have been in few myself, this is … it is world class, it is something that one sees so rarely, it is truly tremendous.” Ms. Croninger agreed that Shen Yun reflected great, quality performing arts and was the first she had seen of this caliber in the genre of classical Chinese dance.

To hear these two voices from the arts community speak, the superb technique and stunning visual impact of Shen Yun was, nevertheless, just the beginning. Mr. Hillenbrand said, “When you saw the whole show, it is very masterful-expressions of people desiring to be free. You get past the artistry, the story is just so powerful, so compelling.” He expressed that, beyond the artists’ refined techniques, the message within Shen Yun made it “truly an overwhelming and powerful production.”

The creative team from 20 North Gallery were in agreement on what proved for them to be a pivotal moment in the performance. Early in the first act of Shen Yun, tenor Tian Ge performed Will You Come Through to a hushed house.

Mr. Hillenbrand confided, “I must tell you, the first gentleman, the first tenor that came out and sang in the first act-his singing was heroic. It was so powerful and yet the words themselves were such delicate expression of this desire for freedom—that literally made me cry. I was overwhelmed, I wasn’t expecting anything that powerful, anything that would touch me so directly, so fervently. It was jaw-dropping, I was just overwhelmed.”

Ms. Croninger agreed. “The performance of Will You Come Through was masterful and so moving that it’s almost indescribable.”

Mr. Hillenbrand affirmed: “I just couldn’t even believe it, I literally … by the end of it I was in tears, I was like ‘where did that come from?’” Ms. Croninger laughed softly in sympathy and Mr. Hillenbrand continued, “It just overwhelmed me—there’s no other way of putting it. And that’s when I started seeing the rest of the show with this different, kind of an over-arching concept of what the show was. These people trying to express a desire for religious freedom, freedom as a people. You couldn’t help but being moved—each song, each item.”…… (more details from The Epochtimes)

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Toledo Mayor Proclaimes “Shen Yun Day” For the City

Posted by Author on May 15, 2010


By Stephanie Lam, Epoch Times Staff, May 15, 2010 –

TOLEDO, Ohio— New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts, which stopped at Toledo, Ohio on May 14 during its 2010 world tour, impressed the city’s Mayor Michael P. Bell so much that he proclaimed the day as “Shen Yun Day” of the city.

“As Mayor of the City of Toledo, it is my privilege and responsibility to recognize those groups who have made outstanding achievements that reflect on the well-being and growth of the Toledo community and its citizens,” he wrote in the proclamation.

“With a cast of award-winning dancers, a live orchestral accompaniment, elaborate costumes and state-of-the-art digital backdrops; Shen Yun’s performances breathe new life into China’s classical culture. The company also seeks to use the traditional arts as a vehicle to spread a message of hope and beauty to reinvigorate Chinese culture with the values and spirituality that once made it so rich. It is not simply stunning for its artistry but also refreshingly real, heartfelt, probing and original.”

Bell was amazed by soprano Haolan Geng’s song, Reaching the Other Shore, and was among those in a standing ovation when she finished it, before an encore.

The show had a full house and closed with a standing ovation and two curtain calls. The audience clapped several times in the middle of most programs during the show.

During a VIP reception after the show, Bell expressed his appreciation for Shen Yun’s coming to Toledo.

“I hope that we can make the world better by working with you,” he said. “Thank you, very much, for being here.”

The next stop on the Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company US tour is Newark, New Jersey, for three performances at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, May 22-23. ( The Epochtimes)

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102-years-old Ohio Centenarian says Shen Yun “develops your soul more than anything else”

Posted by Author on May 15, 2010


Toledo, OHIO— Ms. Olga Boone, who will be 102-years-old this September, was in the audience at the Stranahan Theater on May 14 to experience Shen Yun Performing Arts.

“Every child should see this. This is life from the beginning to the end, and there is no end when you’ve got things like this to see and watch, you know. It’s fantastic! I think this is the thing that develops your soul more than anything else,” she said.

Toledo is a moderate-size river city at the edge of Lake Erie in the Great Lakes Region with a very active port. It is also known for its diverse architecture, which rivals Chicago.

The Toledo centenarian was inspired by the entire performance: “Love, love is responsible for this. It’s just so inspirational. You never see really old, old people out here like this. It took a lot to be here. It’s just so inspirational, and I am going to keep on going, keep on going,” Ms. Boone said.

Shen Yun is a celebration of China’s traditional arts. The elements for storytelling are a combination of beautiful traditional and ethnic dances, original orchestral music, gorgeous costumes, and state-of-the art interactive backdrops.

Having been a dancer all of her life, Ms. Boone said, “The people with certain talents … is a gift of God to all of us, and this show is so beautiful. It shows men and women at their best. They just keeping going on and doing wonderful things.”

Based in New York, Shen Yun is comprised of three dance companies and three orchestras, which will perform in over 100 cities in more than 20 countries during the 2010 world tour.

The next stop on the USA tour is Newark, New Jersey for three performances at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, May 22-23. ( The Epochtimes)

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Shen Yun “magnificent, just magnificent”, Sydney business owner was very impressed

Posted by Author on May 14, 2010


SYDNEY— Anne Wilson, a financial planner who owns her own company based in the Whitsunday Islands, had travelled all the way from North Queensland to see Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company on Thursday, May 13, at the Big Top Theatre at Sydney’s Luna Park.

“Magnificent, just magnificent, it’s just beautiful, thoroughly enjoyed it,” she said.

Ms. WIlson loved the classical Chinese dance.

“Oh they just seemed to float, they just … they danced so beautifully and so lightly,” she said adding, “It just makes you feel beautiful inside when you watch them.”

She was very impressed with the dance Fairies of the Clouds.

“The fans, when they danced with the fans, I thought that was beautiful.”

A description from the Shen Yun program describes the dance, ‘Celestial fairies paint a picture of transcendent beauty. With the sky as their home, they soar gently through the heavens, eternally pure and carefree.’

Ms. Wilson described Shen Yun as “elegant and gorgeous.”

A Shen Yun show brings to audiences a unique experience, with stunning animated digital backdrops custom designed to match a given dance’s costumes, story line, lighting and dancing.

Ms. Wilson was moved by the combination saying, “Oh the colour was just … it’s so soft, the colours are so soft, but they are so vibrant, and they just float. All the costumes are just very elegant— exceptionally elegant.”

Shen Yun Performing Arts has tavelled, to Australia, with the Shen Yun New York Orchestra this year for the first time.

Unique in the world the orchestra brings together classical Western instruments as a base, while also adding Chinese musical flair through a variety of Chinese instruments. Each piece is composed to fit perfectly with each dance.

“Oh wonderful, wonderful and the different instruments are so different to what we have too,” she said.

Ms. WIlson was not at a loss for words to describe her experience after watching Shen Yun.

“[Shen Yun]just makes you feel beautiful, makes you feel wonderful that there is a different culture so different to ours, but just so elegant. Just beautiful, elegant, wonderful dancing.”

She continued, “Australians are getting more into other cultures, we are getting more multicultural with our people in our country that we have to learn about other cultures.” (The Epochtimes)

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Sydney Dance Teacher Says Shen Yun “absolutely beautiful”

Posted by Author on May 14, 2010


SYDNEY– With Shen Yun Performing Arts New York company almost halfway through its scheduled performances in Sydney at the Big Top Theatre in Luna Park, audience members from this evening’s show were raving about the performance.

Annette Vella, a dance teacher who for 35 years has run five dance groups, said that the show was “absolutely beautiful.” Ms. Vella was originally a gymnast and later studied classical ballet. She has two daughters who have traveled through China, but she has never been there.

“It was beautiful, absolutely beautiful,” the dance teacher said. “The music and the movement and the color—what they are doing is so beautiful, so elegant.”

She was impressed with the classical Chinese dance performances: “It’s more elegant than I have seen,” she said. She liked the colorful scenic backdrops, the storytelling through dance, and the representation of different ethnic regions, like Mongolia.

“I had never seen a Mongolian dance before. And it was nice to learn about the silk dance. The beautiful smoke with the clouds and the fairies of the sky—that was really nice.”

“I loved the men—really strong dance from the men. That was fantastic. They are really athletic, but so light on their feet that they just float in the air. The leaps are beautiful,” she said.

Shen Yun uses innovative animated backdrops that integrate with the scenes on stage, something Ms. Vella enjoyed: “That was fantastic. That really adds to the color, and the costumes often blend in with the background too, especially the silk dance.”

Ms. Vella was also impressed with tenor Hong Ming, who sang Calmly Take a Look. She said he had a “beautiful voice” and felt that his singing uplifted her spirit.

“You couldn’t go away feeling disappointed or sad from the show, that’s for sure.”

Ms. Vella said she would be back next year with her dance class. “I would have bought my dance class to come and watch. I told them about it today, and I said you have got to go and see it. I’m going. We will be there … next year for sure.” (The Epochtimes)

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Shen Yun “uplifting and exciting”, says Member of European Parliament

Posted by Author on May 14, 2010


LOUVAIN-LA-NEUVE, BelgiumShen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company held one last show at Louvain-la-Neuve’s Aula Magna on Tuesday, May 11, ending its 10-show run in the Belgian city.

Among the enthusiastic crowd at the Tuesday evening show was Roger Helmer, a member of the European Parliament representing East Midlands, UK.

“I had a wonderful time,” Mr. Helmer said in an interview during intermission.

“I was just thinking ‘it’s fantastic, it’s so full of energy, it’s so elegant’.”

The skills and physical ability of the performers was quite impressive for the MEP.

“I just don’t know how they manage to do it,” he said, referring to the performers.

Mr. Helmer was first elected in 1999, and then re-elected for a second term in 2004. He sits on several committees, including unemployment and petitions. Before entering politics, he held senior management positions in a number of different large multinational companies.

He elaborated on the last piece before the intermission, Tibetan Dance of Praise, which particularly caught his attention.

“It just seemed to have a combination of energy and elegance, and the costumes were wonderful, and it really was uplifting and exciting,” he said.

The animated backdrops used in the show portraying celestial palaces and beautiful landscapes were quite appealing for the MEP as well.

“The backdrops were very impressive. For the Himalayas, for example, that works very effusive,” he said.

“It’s the action and the movement, and the music that really makes the show. It’s wonderful.”

Mr. Helmer said he would recommend the show to his friends.

“They should just come and see the show if they can.”

The New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will perform in Neuchatel, Switzerland, from May 13 to 16.

– The Epochtimes

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Shen Yun Show ‘Extraordinary’, Says Belgium Professor

Posted by Author on May 14, 2010


LOUVAIN-LA-NEUVE, Belgium— The Aula Magna in Louvain-La-Neuve, hosted ten world renown Shen Yun Performing Arts shows from April 30 through May 11.

Dr. Serrano, professor Emeritus at the Catholic University of Louvain, who in 2009 was granted an honorary doctor of medicine in recognition of his contribution to medicine in multiple countries, and his wife, Anna Maria Serrano, who is involved in Musicology at the Catholic University of Louvain, were in the audience

“I found the show extraordinary and I would like to first congratulate the sponsors who supported this show,” said Ms. Serrano.

Ms. Serrano was surprised by the orchestra which combined Eastern and Western instruments. “The orchestra is extraordinary and it must accompany all the sets to make it a complete show,” she said

Dance shows are nothing new to Ms. Serrano, “I often watch ballets. I go often to the opera, and so on. So, this is a departure from what I generally see,” she explained. “For me, the Chinese dance presented in this manner is of a very high level … They are dances on a very high level—a superior level—therefore, for me it is an extraordinary show.”

Ms. Serrano summed up saying, “I will advise people who have not already had the opportunity to see this show to see it before it leaves, because it is truly worth the effort.”

Dr. Serrano also added his opinion. “I am impressed by the delicacy and the spirit which emerges during the performance. The show is extraordinary!”

Continuing, Dr. Serrano said, “I am impressed by the … the precision of the movements and by the beauty of the presentation. Behind the technique there is also a presence, one has the impression that the artists are together presenting something that belongs to the deepest part of themselves.” (The Epochtimes)

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Canadian senator praises ‘expression of spirituality’ in Shen Yun

Posted by Author on May 9, 2010


TORONTO— After seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts at Canon Theatre on Sunday afternoon, Conservative Senator Consiglio Di Nino said the spirituality and values portrayed in the show are something the world needs more of.

“It’s beautiful. There was a lot of great dancing, a lot of singing, very colourful—the colours are just so beautiful,” he said.

New York-based Shen Yun seeks to revive the spiritual essence and traditions of ancient China through classical Chinese dance and music.

“I think the expression of spirituality is also of some value,” the senator said.

“Obviously the Falun Gong people don’t have many opportunities to let the world know that their fundamental freedom of religion, of practising their spirituality, is denied to them, so this is one of the ways they’re doing it. Good for [them].”

Of the 20 pieces in the show’s 2010 program, there are dances representing the folk traditions of China’s diverse ethnicities, tales of heroic legends, legends from China’s divinely inspired history, and two dances that deal with the persecution of Falun Gong under China’s authoritarian regime.

A spiritual discipline rooted in ancient Chinese tradition, Falun Gong, also called Falun Dafa, was outlawed by the regime in 1999. A campaign of persecution has been waged against its adherents ever since.

Senator Consiglio was critical of the Chinese regime “who demonize anyone who doesn’t agree with them.”

“It seems to me that they demonize anyone that they perceive to be a threat, whether it’s the Falun Gong practitioners, whether it’s the Tibetans or the Uighurs, or any organized religion,” he said.

“I think the Chinese people fundamentally are very good people who practise good values. The fear I have is that with the government’s repression of these issues, it may not improve the values or those principles that I think are very important. But I think the Chinese people will eventually solve the problem because fundamentally, they are very good people.”

He added that he believes the worldwide economic crisis “is related to just abandoning values and principles of spirituality.”

“A lot of it has to do with not practising some of the basic fundamental values that I think are important in life, so we have to be cognizant that what we do we should do for all of us instead of just for me.

“I think [the show] does give that message.”

The Epochtimes

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Shen Yun Is ‘Number One,’ Says Ontario’s Former Lieutenant Governor

Posted by Author on May 8, 2010


TORONTO— Shen Yun left one of Toronto’s most distinguished citizens with memories he said he will carry with him forever, after the Saturday evening performance at Canon Theatre.

“It’s wonderful, beautiful, unforgettable. It’s a wonderful expression of Chinese culture that brings mountains to you, blue water, lovely girls with silk, and dancing in the clouds,” said Lincoln Alexander, Ontario’s former Lieutenant Governor and Canada’s first black Member of Parliament.

Mr. Alexander praised the agility of the dancers and particularly complimented Shen Yun on its trademark animated backdrops for the effect they brought to the show.

“I really liked all the backdrops, how they brought different scenes in, people coming out of the mountains onto the stage, which is very tricky, but it’s unforgettable, beautiful, and I’ll never forget it.”

“I liked the women dancing with the shawls, they always seemed to be dancing on clouds, like the white clouds are there and they are in the middle of it—very, very, very, very believable.”

Mr. Alexander made his mark on the Canadian political scene when he was first elected to Parliament in 1968. He held his seat until he resigned in 1980 to serve as chairman of the Worker’s Compensation Board. From 1985 to 1991 he was Lieutenant Governor, the first black person to serve as a vice-regal, representing the Queen, in Canada.

He has been appointed to the Order of Ontario as well as the Order of Canada. He served as Chancellor of the University of Guelph from 1991 to 2007 and was named Chair of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation in 2000.

After watching the show, Mr. Alexander reflected on the broad impact the Chinese civilization has had on the world.

“When you think of 5,000 years and the Chinese culture is still affecting us, even as of today.

“I think what people will take away [from the show] is the fact that the Chinese are very powerful people, and that their thinking still affects the world and they’re a group of people who don’t give up under any kind of adversity.”

He described Shen Yun as a “beautiful expression” of that culture.

“The dancing was just out of this world, you couldn’t help but try to imitate what they were doing. They are strong of body and nimble of foot.”…… (The Epochtimes)

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Shen Yun Show ‘very profound—and the human aspect, the aspect of peace’, Says Former Directer of EU Commission in Belgium

Posted by Author on May 2, 2010


LOUVAIN-LA-NEUVE, Belgium— Tonight at the Aula Magna theater, Shen Yun Performing Arts brought Northern Europe a perfect example of beauty, depth, and human values.

Among the many patrons of the Aula Magna this evening was Mr. Jacob Houtman, former director general of the EU commission. Originally from Holland, he has lived in Belgium for the past 40 years, working for the European Commission

Mr Houtman said, “I am impressed by today’s show, which is beautiful, perfect, well presented, and which I really liked. The beauty, the colors, the dances, etc … it was perfect.”

New York-based Shen Yun portrays China’s divinely-bestowed history from 5,000 years afo down to today in Chinese classical dance, music and song.

Gorgeously costumed dancers are choreographed to match digital animated backdrops and a live orchestra playing Western and Chinese composition complemented by acclaimed vocalists, and solo musicians.

Mr. Houtman talked about the depth of the show. “I find the show’s message very profound. When it starts with the person from the past, and the person who descends from heaven to help humanity, … So it was very profound.” [The Emperor Ushers in a Glorious Age]

Finally, Mr. Houtman expressed how Shen Yun is not something typically seen in Europe. He said, “I think that the show shows human values very well. It’s very profound—and the human aspect, the aspect of peace.”……. (more from The Epochtimes)

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Shen Yun “a kaleidoscope of China”, Says New Zealand Business Director

Posted by Author on May 2, 2010


AUCKLAND, New ZealandShen Yun Performing Arts New York Company performed its third of four shows at the ASB theatre on Saturday evening, May 1.

Arthur Parken, a business director, said that Shen Yun had the most striking “color and costumes,” saying it was “visually quite stimulating.”

Shen Yun performers are trained in classical Chinese dance, a dance form that has a strict training program for perfecting bearing and form, jumps, turns, and flips. It has extremely demanding dance techniques.

Mr. Parken was particularly impressed with the skills of the dancers, saying, “The quality, the suppleness and the difficulty of the dances is something worth seeing, and they make quite difficult movements look very easy, and they are very light on their feet.”

Ancient legends and folkloric dances are brought to life by the Shen Yun dancers, and Mr. Parken enjoyed seeing the cultural aspects of the different regions of China.

He said Shen Yun was “a kaleidoscope of China, of movement and of color.”…… (more details from The Epochtimes)

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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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