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China orders crackdown on popular TV shows

Posted by Author on October 26, 2011


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

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

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

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

Posted by Author on March 27, 2011


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

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

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

Posted by Author on January 20, 2011


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

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

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

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

Posted by Author on January 16, 2011


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

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

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

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(video) Amazing Beauty- Shen Yun 2011 Is Coming

Posted by Author on October 16, 2010


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

Posted by Author on July 19, 2010


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Epochtimes

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Shen Yun Summer Tour Arrives in Northern California

Posted by Author on July 17, 2010


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Epochtimes

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

Posted by Author on July 12, 2010


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘A Wonderful Experience’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Epochtimes

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

Posted by Author on July 12, 2010


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Epoch Times

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

Posted by Author on July 12, 2010


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Author on July 11, 2010


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by Author on July 11, 2010


Epoch Times Staff, July 9, 2010 –

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Epochtimes

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Shen Yun ‘Absolutely epic’, Says Disney Actor

Posted by Author on July 11, 2010


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Epohctimes

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

Posted by Author on July 11, 2010


Epoch  Times Staff, July 9, 2010 –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Epochtimes

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

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

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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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