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

Posted by Author on January 16, 2011


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

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

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

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(video) Amazing Beauty- Shen Yun 2011 Is Coming

Posted by Author on October 16, 2010


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http://www.shenyunperformingarts.org/

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

Posted by Author on July 11, 2010


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

Posted by Author on July 11, 2010


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

Posted by Author on July 11, 2010


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)

Posted by Author on July 11, 2010


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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ABC TV Actor Harvey Guillen: “I was blown away” by Shen Yun

Posted by Author on July 11, 2010


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

Harvey Guillen, an actor on ABC TV's new series Huge on Monday nights. (The Epoch Times)


LOS ANGELES
— Enchanting its audiences on its 30-country world tour, Shen Yun arrived in L.A. this July 8, the first of five shows that depict, in music and dance, China’s rich and glorious traditional culture.

Harvey Guillen, an actor on ABC TV’s new series Huge on Monday nights, found the show engaging artistically, as well as educationally.

Mr. Guillen loved the show. “It was great, it was colorful, and entertaining. It was a great time. We were all having a blast.”

He shared with his co-attendees that Shen Yun could tell a story without words. “In a dance it was amazing there were so many stories that go back so many hundreds of years,” said Mr. Guillen. “I walked away with so much knowledge that I didn’t know before.”

Mr. Guillen said that there was so much history from China it was amazing. “It was done so well,” he said.

He learned about different ethnicities within China. “I was blown away, so many parts of China with their own dialects and their own traditions, their own wardrobe—I learned a lot of history,” says the actor.

“It was a history lesson within the arts, so it was really fantastic to watch.”

His advice to everyone: “You have to catch this show, everyone is just perfection. It is beautifully done, it’s just wonderful.”

The Epochtimes

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Shen Yun 2010 Summer Tour Kicks Off At Los Angeles

Posted by Author on July 11, 2010


LOS ANGELESShen Yun Performing Arts, the show hailed by critics and viewers around the globe as the best Chinese dance performance in the world, kicks off its summer tour today after completing 310 shows in its 2009–2010 tour. Shen Yun’s three companies have performed in over 20 countries, with amazed and pleased audiences every time.

The summer tour begins in Los Angeles at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion from July 8–11, then will be in San Diego from July 13–15, and San Francisco from July 17–25. This special tour will highlight the very best pieces of Shen Yun’s repertoire over the last four seasons.

Those in the entertainment industry have had much to say about Shen Yun’s immaculate show, such as Frank Mancuso Sr., the former chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures and MGM. After the show, Mancuso said, “Quite exceptional! Quite exceptional! Quite exceptional! So beautiful and colorful, exceptional dances and music.”

Omega Medina, the former senior manager of classical music for the Grammy Awards, remarked that “I just thought that the performance was brilliantly designed and I just feel like a better person, a better human being, because it speaks not only to my intellect but it speaks to my heart.”

With classical Chinese dance, a live orchestra, and operatic singers, Shen Yun’s summer tour will be one to be remembered.

Shen Yun Performing Arts will perform at he Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion , from July 8-11. For more information visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

– By The Epochtimes

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‘I just think it’s absolutely spellbinding’, Says New Jersey Artist After Shen Yun Show

Posted by Author on June 22, 2010


NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey— Putting on the first of two shows at the State Theatre today, June 20, Shen Yun Performing Arts continues to enlighten audiences with its wonderful display of China’s ancient culture. Sarita Cook is an artist from England originally, and has just written and illustrated her first children’s story.

Ms. Cook exclaimed, “I thought the show was absolutely, just magnificent”. She added, ” I was prepared for the beauty and the talent, and the way of dancing, but it was just stunning.”

The New York-based performers showcase China’s 5,000-year-old culture through the artistic media of classical Chinese dance and music. Beautifully costumed energetic and graceful dances are accompanied by the Shen Yun Orchestra in a unique union of Chinese and Western instruments, with solo performances by virtuosos in opera singing and the erhu.

Ms. Cook knows a lot about China, and collects Chinese art and old manuscripts. She is also a Buddhist, and has been influenced by traditional Chinese art ever since she took a course in London. “The culture fascinates me, the country fascinates me,” she said.

The artist was touched by the show for many reasons, commenting, “Artistically, it spoke to me; visually, it spoke to me.”

Two of the dances in the performance depict the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China by the communist regime. Falun Gong is a peaceful meditation practice based upon a set of exercises and living by the principles of truth, compassion and tolerance.

Ms. Cook thinks there needs to be more publicity about what is currently happening in communist China and feels that people can learn a lot from Shen Yun. She explained, “I just think it’s absolutely spellbinding and people should go and see it. And I think we really need to spread what is happening in China-it’s not a free country.”

For Ms. Cook, the most memorable aspect of the show was about human rights and moral values. She had been unaware of the persecution of Falun Gong and was moved by the courage of the Shen Yun performers. She feels their work is essential and America can learn a lot from these upright values.

“I think the show should travel to as many [places] and have as much advertising as it possibly can so people can be awakened because that’s really what the American culture needs,” she concluded.

The Epochtimes

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Shen Yun Performing Arts Concludes 2010 European Tour With Four Curtain Calls in Poland

Posted by Author on June 18, 2010


By Jan Jekielek, Epoch Times Staff –

LODZ, PolandShen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company rounded out its Poland visit with its third and final performance at the Great Theater in Lodz on June 16. The audience awarded the performers with a full four curtain calls, and a third standing ovation in as many evenings. The evening was Shen Yun’s last performance on its 2010 European tour.

Robert Dybalski, the owner of the famous “Dybalski” confectionary, the “Zielona Budka” ice creamery, and several restaurants in Lodz, brought more than eight family members to the show. He said one of the workers at the Great Theatre had alerted him to Shen Yun’s arrival.

“It’s Chinese culture portrayed in a very different way than how most media around the world will do it, or like what I saw when I went to China,” he said of Shen Yun.

Mr. Dybalski said he saw the diversity of different regions of China shown in the show, saying that he was particularly struck by the Tibetan Dance of Praise.

He also noted the energy of the performance.

“The energy was very strong, and the expression of energy through [Shen Yun’s] dances was immense. This is unheard of anywhere in Europe,” he expressed.

Mr. Dybalski said he saw in Shen Yun dance “a desire to communicate using the art form, through its style and quality, and its precision.”

“I think this communicates strongly with the audience,” he summarized.

Also experiencing Shen Yun on June 16 was Elzbieta Wardeszkiewicz, a Lodz oncologist, who came to see the show with her five-year-old granddaughter Olga…… (more details from The Epochtimes)

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City Councillor Finds Great Wisdom in Shen Yun Show in Poland

Posted by Author on June 18, 2010


LODZ, PolandShen Yun Performing Arts put on their third and final show last night, June 16, and will soon start making their way home back to New York. Councillor Filip Urbanek was amongst the many enlightened audience members to farewell these amazing artists with hearty applause and many standing ovations.

Mr. Urbanek is the city councillor of Skierniewice, a city in central Poland with about 50,000 inhabitants. After the show, he said he was very impressed and was still calming down from the excitement of having seen Shen Yun.

According to the Shen Yun website, it is a non-profit 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. The company seeks to breathe new life into traditional Chinese culture while providing audiences everywhere with an experience of sublime beauty.

Mr. Urbanek found everything about the performance very rich and colourful. He was particularly impressed by the erhu solo, describing it as “something wonderful, with beautiful feeling.” This ancient two-stringed Chinese instrument is believed to be the closest to the human voice with its diversity of sound and power to move people’s hearts.

“I’m very happy that this kind of show has come to Poland. There were times when it wasn’t possible. Today is different,” he said, referring to the communist regime which only ended in Poland about 20 years ago.

Mr. Urbanek continued in his praise of Shen Yun and the higher values it portrays, exclaiming, “These artists can tell us more about the things we have only in our memory. I’m happy they were warmly welcomed and were bade farewell with so many ovations. I hope that this climate will help to bring this culture, one of the oldest and richest in the world, from which we can draw great wisdom and truth. I hope it will flourish in Poland.”…… (The Epochtimes)

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China Forced Ukrainian Officials to Cancel the Chinese Culture Show Shen Yun

Posted by Author on June 12, 2010


By Andrey Volkov, Epoch Times Staff, June 11, 2010 –

KIEV, UkraineShen Yun Performing Arts, the world’s premier Chinese classical dance and music company, (its shows) has been cancelled in Odessa, Ukraine, as a direct result of pressure by Chinese diplomats on local authorities.

The performance was scheduled for May 28 in Odessa Vodyanoy theatre of musical comedy in southern Ukraine.

Based in New York, the mission of Shen Yun Performing Arts is to revive 5,000 years of artistic tradition in China that was largely destroyed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) during the Cultural Revolution. The company has been touring globally since 2007, performing over 500 shows on some of the world’s most prestigious stages.

Chinese diplomats started pressuring Ukrainian officials a month ahead of the show’s opening date to not allow Shen Yun to perform. China’s consulate in Odessa sent a protest note to the regional council requesting them to cancel the performance.

Odessa officials then began receiving letters from Ukraine’s foreign ministry, the prime minister, the ministry of culture and the national security service pressuring the council to cancel the show. The Vodyanoy theatre is run by the Odessa regional council.

The pressure intensified as China’s foreign minister Yang Jieqi visited Ukraine the week before the show was to perform.

The theater then officially suspended the show’s contract, mentioning in the notification letter that it is important for Ukraine to pay close attention to developing friendship and economic ties with Beijing.

At the same time, some Shen Yun performers were denied visas to enter Ukraine without explanation.

Since the interference began, Shen Yun’s presenter in Ukraine, the charitable organization For Children of the New Century, has attempted to talk with top government officials about the situation. However, the charity’s director Svetlana Vetryak, said she was not able to get anyone to meet with her.

The Epoch Times met with Ukrainian Vice-Premier Vladimir Seminozhenko and asked about the situation. He denied any government involvement in the interference with the performance. No other officials responded to The Epoch Times requests for interviews.

“We wanted to let residents and the guests of Odessa enjoy meeting with ancient Chinese culture. It would be truly wonderful cultural event not only for our city, but for all Ukraine,” Alla Lavrinenko from For Children of the New Century, said at the press conference on May 28…….(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 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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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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