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Hollywood risks ‘artistic surrender’ in effort to please China Censors

Posted by Author on June 1, 2013


In Hollywood, the screenwriter William Goldman once observed, “nobody knows anything”. Now, however, everybody knows at least one thing: whatever you do, be nice to China.

If your movie features a Chinese villain, change his nationality. If your plot omits a scene in China, insert one – preferably with gleaming skyscrapers. If your production deal lacks a Chinese partner, find one. If Beijing’s censors dislike certain scenes, cut them. Read the rest of this entry »

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China orders crackdown on popular TV shows

Posted by Author on October 26, 2011


Sick of tacky reality shows with egotistic wannabes? Tired of formulaic talent contests for shameless show-offs? If you feel the prime time schedules are packed with lowest common denominator viewing, you are not alone.

Chinese officials share your pain and have ordered a curb on popular entertainment shows. Out go sexy dating shows and lurid programmes on crime. In come art appreciation, astronomy and weekly “morality building shows”.

The new edict from the state broadcasting watchdog is expected to come into force on 1 January. Provincial channels will be allowed to show no more than two entertainment shows in the “golden time” between 7.30pm and 10pm, according to a report on the Chinese NetEase website. Particular types of programmes, such as dating shows, will be strictly limited; no more than 10 talent contests will be permitted nationwide per year, and each must be of a different kind. Read the rest of this entry »

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Golf course boom points to China corruption

Posted by Author on May 5, 2011


In most countries, a proliferation of world-class golf courses would be regarded as an obvious and inevitable by-product of rapid growth and soaring living standards.

In China, courses such as the 36-hole Qinghe Bay Country Sports Club, located within view of the Olympic Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing, do indeed reflect surging private fortunes.

But facilities such as this have also become a potent symbol of the hypocrisy and corruption inherent in Communist party rule. Read the rest of this entry »

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

Posted by Author on March 27, 2011


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

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

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

Posted by Author on January 20, 2011


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

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

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

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

Posted by Author on January 16, 2011


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

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

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

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China on the warpath over BBC spy drama Spooks

Posted by Author on November 11, 2010


The Guardian, UK, Nov 11, 2010 –

The BBC is used to China’s disapproval. Its Chinese language service has long been blocked and last year it annoyed officials by sneaking Kate Adie into the country.

But BBC executives say they could never have predicted the latest programme to send Chinese officials on the warpath: the corporation’s far-fetched spy drama Spooks.

Several episodes of the latest series, which finished on Sunday night, have featured Chinese agents engaged in nefarious activities: trying to kidnap a scientist and threatening to detonate a bomb in London if anyone interfered; working with Russians to hack Anglo-US cybersecurity; and stealing the blueprint of a genetic weapon. Read the rest of this entry »

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(video) Amazing Beauty- Shen Yun 2011 Is Coming

Posted by Author on October 16, 2010


For details, check official website:

http://www.shenyunperformingarts.org/

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China Top the List of Countries Banning Celebrities

Posted by Author on October 1, 2010


Brad Pitt, BANNED FROM China.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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IPhone Demand Outstrips Supply in China

Posted by Author on September 25, 2010


By OWEN FLETCHER, wsj.com, Sep. 25, 2010 –

BEIJING— China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd. said its supply of Apple Inc.’s iPhone 4 handsets is insufficient to meet user demand but that it will increase its supply as quickly as possible. Sales of the model started at a much faster pace than when older versions of the iPhone went on sale in China last year.

Unicom had received more than 200,000 iPhone 4 preorders by early Saturday, the day sales started, and more than 40,000 buyers received the phone and a bundled mobile-service plan that day, Unicom said. By comparison, Unicom last year sold 100,000 iPhone handsets in roughly six weeks after officially introducing the devices in China in late October.

The latest version of Apple’s popular smartphone was widely awaited in China and could help Unicom attract more users to its third-generation mobile services, which are more expensive but offer faster data speeds than typical services. Unicom, the only network operator in China to offer the iPhone, is competing with rivals China Mobile Ltd. and China Telecom Corp. to build its 3G subscriber base.

An Apple spokeswoman said more iPhones will be available soon and that customers should check online or with local stores regarding availability…...(more details from Wall Street Journal)

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

Posted by Author on July 19, 2010


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Epochtimes

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Shen Yun Summer Tour Arrives in Northern California

Posted by Author on July 17, 2010


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Epochtimes

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

Posted by Author on July 12, 2010


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘A Wonderful Experience’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Epochtimes

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

Posted by Author on July 12, 2010


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Epoch Times

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

Posted by Author on July 12, 2010


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Author on July 11, 2010


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Author on July 11, 2010


Epoch Times Staff, July 9, 2010 –

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Epochtimes

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Shen Yun ‘Absolutely epic’, Says Disney Actor

Posted by Author on July 11, 2010


By Masha Savitz, Epoch Times Staff, July 10, 2010 –

Doug Haley, who plays Walter in Good Luck Charlie on the Disney Channel. (The Epoch Times)

LOS ANGELESShen Yun Performing Arts is in Los Angeles at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion throughout the weekend. This unique show aspires to preserve and promote China’s 5,000-year-old majestic authentic culture.

Many audience members were from L.A.’s artistic and entertainment community. Doug Haley, who plays Walter in Good Luck Charlie on the Disney Channel, attended the opening show on Thursday evening, July 8.

“I thought it was beautiful,” said the actor. “Extremely talented performers. It was a beautiful marriage of song and dance. It was exquisite. It was very colorful, very vibrant. Epic. E-P-I-C.”

Mr. Hayley also commented on the successful “marriage” of the Shen Yun Orchestra playing Eastern and Western instruments.

“You don’t notice that you’re listening to French horn and classical European instruments and Asian instruments and the gong … the way they’re fused together. You don’t realize you’re listening to completely different traditional cultures infused as one, and I thought that was really cool how they put that together.”

The classical Chinese two-stringed instrument, the erhu, took his breath away.

“I thought that was stunning and breathtaking and totally had me in awe. That was actually my favorite part, that composition.”

Shen Yun’s show is rich with information on Chinese heritage, leaving Mr. Haley eager to learn more.

“This is the first traditional Chinese show, you know, I would have liked to learn more. I feel like coming in very naïve to Chinese culture as I am, you did learn a lot of the history, particularly in the end with the scriptures of Buddha and the arrival of the scriptures [The Buddha’s Teachings Spread Far and Wide], but a lot of it was folklore and folktales and kind of mythology.”

“I don’t know how you could come and not be inspired by the dancing and the music, I mean it is absolutely epic,” Mr. Haley continued. “I could tell everyone was extremely well trained. It was beautiful. The way they worked together. The symmetry, the sync of everything. It was really beautiful to take in and to watch.”

Describing the spiritual element of the performance, Mr. Haley said, “with the monks, there’s definitely a sense of enlightenment and there was one dance number that was focusing on the point as human beings, we’re always searching for something. What are we looking for? You need faith to find whatever you’re looking for. Faith is one of the cornerstones that will help you along your journey … the show reiterated that point so absolutely,” said Mr. Haley.

“Check out Shen Yun!” he concluded, urging everyone to attend the show.

The Epohctimes

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“My head is flying with a bunch of ideas— I’m inspired”, says Los Angeles Fashion Designer After Shen Yun Show

Posted by Author on July 11, 2010


Epoch  Times Staff, July 9, 2010 –

Merlin Castell was among the many inspired by Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. (The Epoch Times)

LOS ANGELES— Fashion designer Merlin Castell was among the many inspired by Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Thursday evening, July 8. “Breathtaking, I love it. I’m so enchanted,” Mr. Castell said.

“Right now my head is flying with a bunch of ideas—I’m inspired. It’s beautiful, it’s amazing, and I’m so glad, finally, we have it here in L.A!”

The Honduras-born artist starred on Bravo’s The Fashion Show and has worked with various celebrity clients, including Paris Hilton. He said he absolutely loved Shen Yun, particularly as China’s ancient culture has always been one of the inspirations behind his work.

After its successful 2010 world tour, Shen Yun will be featuring the best of Shen Yun’s last four seasons during its summer West Coast tour, which takes in Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, San Jose and San Francisco. The New York-based performers are reviving China’s 5,000-year-old culture through the universal languages of classical Chinese dance and music.

“I think I’m not going to be able to sleep now!” the designer exclaimed, full of excitement about themes for his next collection after seeing Shen Yun’s colorful depiction of the Mongolian steppes, ancient and modern China, and the Tibetan Himalayas.

Mr. Castell was extremely grateful to traditional China for “sharing this beautiful part of your heart with us, with designers.”

“The costumes, it’s dreamy, it’s angelical,” he added.

From radiant golden-hued Tang dynasty gowns to elegant Manchu court chopine shoes, each costume is carefully designed and tailored with meticulous care, says Shen Yun’s website.

Discussing the spiritual dimension of the performance, he commented, “You feel it deep. It’s like you’re in heaven.”

For Mr. Castell, the message behind Shen Yun is all about love and peace. He expressed his deep happiness and gratitude at being able to see such an amazing show.

The Latin fashion icon will be telling all designer friends and fans to come and see the show “because it’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. This is the place you have to come to get inspired!”

The Epochtimes

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Actress Wedil David Says She Has ‘Never seen anything like it’ after Shen Yun Show (photo)

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Epoch  Times Staff, July 9, 2010 –

Movie star Wedil David loved the Sehn Yun show. (The Epoch Times)

LOS ANGELES— Putting on the first of five performances at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion last night, July 8, Shen Yun Performing Arts is dazzling local stars and residents with its Summer West Coast Tour.

The New York-based artists are sharing China’s ancient culture through the fine arts of classical Chinese dance, opera singing, and orchestral music in a wonderful display of the country’s rich heritage and enduring traditions.

Movie star Wedil David loved the show. The actress was born in New Delhi and most recently appeared in the film Valentine’s Day.

“I’ve never seen anything like it—the colors, the costuming, the dancing is absolutely beautiful,” remarked Ms. David.

Spiritually, Ms. David found Shen Yun “absolutely fascinating,” especially with the interplay of English and Mandarin languages by the emcees who introduce and interpret each dance for the audience. “It’s very cool. I like it,” she added.

As an actress, her impression of the show was that it was “gorgeous.” “Something I would definitely recommend for people to see, for sure,” she commented.

Ms. David expressed her happiness at being able to see this “wonderful production” and continued, “This is a new thing for me and I absolutely love it.”…… (more details from The Epochtimes)

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Hollywood Movie Producer Calls Shen Yun Show Innovative, Uplifting

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

Mayne Berke, a production designer and movie producer who worked on the films Ninja Turtles, SWAT, Princess Diaries, and Rock Star, to name a few, came to see Shen Yun in Los Angeles on July 8. (The Epoch Times)


LOS ANGELES
— The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion was the venue for the opening of Shen Yun Performing Arts’ summer West Coast tour on July 8. Featuring the best of Shen Yun’s last four seasons, the show received an enthusiastic audience response.

Mayne Berke works in the film industry as a production designer and movie producer. He has worked on Ninja Turtles, SWAT, Princess Diaries, and Rock Star, to name a few. He was in the audience to experience the splendor of New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts.

Mr. Berke said, “I loved it. I thought it was very innovative. It was uplifting, and it was very educational.”

Shen Yun features classical Chinese dance and music, presented through a colorful array of stories and dances drawn from China’s 5,000-year-old culture.

Mr. Berke was impressed with how all aspects of the show came together to tell a story. “I love the traditional movement. I love the way the movements worked in with the costumes, particularly the fabric—the extended arms and the colors and all that spinning. I think the use of costumes and movement and integration of the two was phenomenal,” he said.

As a production designer, Mr. Berke described Shen Yun as terrific. “I love the use of the digital backgrounds. I love the interactions between the digital backgrounds [and] the performance happening in front of it. A really interesting technique! Novel and inspiring!” he said……. (more details from The Epochtimes)

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Shen Yun “unbelievable” “so marvelous”, says former Miss America and TV film actress Lee Meriwether

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

TV and film actress Lee Meriwether. (The Epoch Times)

LOS ANGELES— The audience was filled with celebrities on Thursday’s opening night of Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. One of the celebrities included former Miss America and veteran stage, TV, and film actress Lee Meriwether.

Ms. Meriwether, who attended the show with her granddaughter, enjoyed the show tremendously.

“It’s beautiful! The dancing is unbelievable, it’s so marvelous! I’m very impressed,” she said at intermission.

Ms. Meriwether only learned of the show recently and thought that it might be something that would make a good evening out with her granddaughter. She said she didn’t know what to expect.

“It’s just beautiful!” she said. “I’m amazed at the dancing … so beautifully interwoven with all the beautiful costuming, and the music is lovely.”…… (more details from The Epochtimes)

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Reality TV Star Mike Manning Inspired by Shen Yun’s Chinese Dance (photo)

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By Ben Bendig, Epoch Times Staff, July 9, 2010 –

Mike Manning, a star on MTV's reality show Real World: DC, gave glowing praise for Shen Yun. (Albert Roman/The Epoch Times)

LOS ANGELESShen Yun Performing Arts opened its summer West Coast tour at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion tonight to an enthusiastic audience. The tour is featuring the best of Shen Yun’s last four seasons, with masterful classical Chinese dance and music.

A number of stars were seen at the red carpet opening of tonight’s show, including Priscilla Presley, Frank Stallone (brother of Sylvester Stallone) and his mother, along with many other actors and actresses.

At intermission Mike Manning, a star on MTV’s reality show Real World: DC, gave glowing praise for Shen Yun.

“I love it, so far, it’s a lot of fun,” says Mr. Manning.

“It makes me want to learn how to dance better, because you get into the stories,” he says.

“Somebody can tell a story, and it says one thing, but when you see it in a play, or a show, or a dance, it brings it to life.”

The dances in Shen Yun feature classical Chinese dance, a rich artistic form that draws on 5,000 years of Chinese culture. Along with ballet, classical Chinese dance is one of the most comprehensive forms of dance in the world. Each piece in the show depicts an aspect of China’s ancient culture—be it stories from mythology, dances from different ethnic groups, or pieces that depict things happening in China today.

Supporting the dance is a full orchestra that features both Chinese and Western instruments.

“The music is just icing on the cake—it’s perfect, because you have the story being told, you have the dancers dancing, then you have the music bringing you into it,” says Mr. Manning.

Also part of the show are music pieces featuring operatic singers, as well as a solo instrumental performance of the Chinese erhu, a two-stringed bowed instrument. The audience was particularly delighted with the erhu performance.

The show appeals on many levels, but part of it is China’s rich history. “I heard that this is 5,000 years of culture wrapped up in a few stories, and it’s great,” says Mr. Manning.

“Like I said, it makes me want to learn how to dance.”

The Epochtimes

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