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

Posted by Author on April 26, 2010


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Author on April 24, 2010


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Standing ovations, five curtain calls: Shen Yun “an extraordinary event”, says Former Czech Minister of Culture

Posted by Author on April 20, 2010


BRNO— Standing ovations and five curtain calls hailed Shen Yun Performing Arts the evening of Monday, April 19, at the Janacek Theatre. The crowd held its share of influential minds, and Brno’s own Milan Uhde was among them.

“[The] dancing performances were excellent-remarkable,” said the well-known writer and former politician. “The dancers are great, the show is nice, and I am glad I’m here.”

Mr. Uhde’s career as an essayist, playwright, and prose writer has touched two centuries. Mr. Uhde is a recipient of the State Medal of Merit in the Cultural Sphere. He also served as the first Minister of Culture for Czechoslovakia, after the non-violent overthrow of the communists in the Velvet Revolution of 1989. Mr. Uhde served in Parliament and the Czech National Council from 1990 to 1998, when he returned to his lifelong literary endeavors. He has also helped to mentor the next generation at the Academy of Literature.

Mr. Uhde found out about the show from a former student, Ms. Jana Novotná, an emcee in today’s Shen Yun performance. “I used to teach Ms. Jana Novotná at the Academy of Literature, and one day she called me and told me that this would be an extraordinary experience, so here I am.”

During the years of communist oppression in his homeland, Mr. Uhde had to continue his creative work underground, and he became an influential dissident writer during the years of communist rule in Czechoslovakia. He continues to write essays against racism, and on tolerance and freedom. With his unique perspective, Mr. Uhde appreciated the great artistic skill of the dancers of Shen Yun, and he felt a message resonate within their work.

“I was watching the dancers, and their art was great,” Mr. Uhde said. “This is one of the few ways of showing that the situation in China is not normal, that its economical success is conditioned by enslaving hundreds of millions of people, who seem not to be aware of it, but I think they are, and I believe, that one day, their time will come. So to me, this was a reminder, that someone sees the situation as it is. My impressions are good, I’m glad, that I came.”

Mr. Uhde was most taken by the performers. When describing Shen Yun, he always returned to expressing his appreciation of the dancers’ techniques. “It’s spectacular, you can’t see something like this every year. It’s an extraordinary event, something authentic. … What they can do is just amazing.”

All in all, the Czech cultural hero was very glad to have seen Shen Yun. “It’s worth it, it’s a lifetime experience.” (The Epochtimes)

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

Posted by Author on April 20, 2010


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Author on April 17, 2010


NTD TV via Dailymotion.com-

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

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

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

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

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

NTD News, Kaohsiung County, Taiwan.

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Shen Yun Show Charms Norway Audience

Posted by Author on April 10, 2010


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

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

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

The audience applauded the performers throughout the show as well.

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Lannaas said he also enjoyed the show.

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

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

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

Posted by Author on April 9, 2010


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Author on April 9, 2010


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Author on April 9, 2010


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Author on April 9, 2010


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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