KEELUNG, Taiwan—Renowned bonsai master Amy Liang saw Shen Yun Touring Company on March 21. She said the two characters in the name Shen Yun “revealed the artistic meaning of the performance. Because the costumes were exquisitely designed and made of soft cloth, every dancer seemed full of divine rhythm. The audience members were really overwhelmed, as if they were in the divine realm as well.”
According to the program, the two characters mean “divine, or divine being,” and “the overall manner of a dancer, a dancer’s style, and the meaning behind his or her movements.” Shen Yun could be translated as “the beauty of divine beings dancing.”
The opening and closing dances evoked the themes in the name, in her opinion.
She was struck by the opening Descending to the World and the last program Divine Mercy, Ms. Liang said. “When the Buddhas and gods in yellow Buddhist robes were descending to the stage along the big law wheel, the images made us feel very good and very overwhelmed.” Deities appear to descend to the Earth from high in the heavens in Descending to the World.
Ms. Liang said the dance inspired a sense of reverence and longing, “The solemn and majestic momentum of the deities was demonstrated by some simple movements, but it was very inspiring, and made people want to follow them. The scene was indeed very overwhelming and very inspiring.”
Ms. Laing saw the artists at Keelung Cultural Center Performing Hall. She said she made a special trip to Keelung to see them, after missing the performances in Taipei in February. She said, “I am taking this opportunity to see the performance of Shen Yun in Keelung. I sincerely hope that it can visit Keelung every year, and I will introduce this great show to my relatives and friends.”
Using her artist’s eye, Ms. Liang analyzed An Early Spring, a northeastern style folk dance.
She said, “In spring, the world is full of light green, the color of sprouting buds. Yet, the light green color was mixed with a reddish orange color (of the twirling handkerchiefs), which was seemingly to awaken people that spring is coming. In the early spring, everything seems to come back to life. That kind of feeling is indeed very good.”
Ms. Liang has been much honored for her expertise in the ancient art of bonsai. She has taught it at universities in America and Taiwan, written books about it, and hosted The Art of Bonsai television program. She is president of the Asia-Pacific Bonsai Friendship Federation (ABFF).
Read the original Chinese article.
Reporting by Li Fangru and Bill Xu.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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