VIENNA—Dr. Robert Weisskirchner, chief physician and head of the surgical division at the private clinic "Sanatorium Hera" and his wife, Dr. Barbara Weisskirchner, an obstetrician, attended the world’s premier Chinese dance and music company, Shen Yun Performing Arts, at Vienna's Wiener Stadthalle on April 17.
They learned about the Shen Yun show from promotional posters and decided that they had to see it. Both had visited China about 10 years ago and felt drawn to the show that promised to display the traditional 5,000-year-old artistic traditions of ancient China. They had no knowledge of Chinese culture previously and thought that this show would close that gap in their knowledge.
"The costumes and the backdrop harmonized very well with each other," Dr. Robert Weisskirchner said.
And Dr. Barbara Weisskirchner adding, "It was a totally different world from what we are used to. It was beautiful and very interesting."
Both were very impressed with Shen Yun's live orchestra which combines traditional Eastern and classical Western instruments adding to the oriental atmosphere.
"We both will tell our friends about what we have seen," said Dr. Barbara Weisskirchner in conclusion.
'It had a calming effect'
Alfred Germ, teacher and university lector specializing in history, culture and politics, had heard about Shen Yun through a promotional flyer he had seen. He immediately decided that he wanted to see the show and his wife then presented him with tickets for his birthday.
"For me, as a European, this was a wonderful show. I'm no expert on the subject, but it was a great experience to see traditional Chinese cultural dances," he said.
He and his wife were quite impressed with the choreography and the costumers.
"I was very impressed with the kaleidoscope of colors and the choreography," Mr. Germ said.
There was so much to admire and so much to learn. "I was impressed by the way Buddha's were presented," he said.
Mr. Germ said reflectively, "I'm certain that there is much I didn't quite understand and need to think about it. But, what we can understand here in the West was very well presented.
"I feel very comfortable now and it wasn't that difficult to immerse one's mind with the show. It had a calming effect."
With reporting by Nina Hamrle and NTDTV.
Shen Yun Performing Arts European World Tour 2010 will next perform in Brno/Brünn (Czech Republic), then Paris (France), Cardiff (UK), and Louvain-la-Neuve/Neu-Löwen near Brussels (Belgium).
For more information, please visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org