TAIPEI, Taiwan—Well-known Taiwanese film director and veteran producer, Mei Changkun, who has directed many famous films such as A Flower in the Rainy Night, A Teacher of Great Soldiers and Happy Days In the Army, watched the show presented by Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company at the National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall Taipei on the evening of Feb. 24.
After seeing the magnificent performance, Mr. Mei said with praise: “[The performance] is amazingly great; whether it was the depiction of Mongolia, Tibet and the Shaolin Temple, the beautiful sceneries of various places in China, the choreography, the music played by the orchestra or the vocal solos, it was all great.”
Captivated by the unique euphonic and audio feast, director Mei acclaimed: “In terms of the scenes portraying the Journey to the West on the backdrops, in addition to the synchronization with actors’ movements, they were also coordinated with the orchestra. It is indeed great.” Shen Yun Performing Arts is composed of artists from around the globe and Mr. Mei noted: “It is really very meaningful. I really admire their tremendous achievements, and I think Shen Yun should come to Taiwan more often.”
“As to the backdrops and the overall dancing movements and rhythms, I believe [Shen Yun] would have taken tremendous time and effort to achieve such a high-level performance. As I have produced a documentary portraying the achievement of overseas China around the world, I was excited to see overseas Chinese performing so well. It demonstrates that the long history of the Chinese culture has been well spread across the world,” said Mr. Mei.
“From the choreography, we can see that Shen Yun is promoting the authentic Chinese culture to Taiwan. It is very good.”
“Among the programs, some introduced historical legends, while others portrayed various ethnic groups, such as Tibet, Mongolia, etc. It fully demonstrated the spirit of harmonization among all races. There are also some vocal solos in the program. These Chinese songs were excellent too,” he added.
In mentioning the dance When Shaolin Monks Protected the Emperor, Mr. Mei noted: “To carry forward the traditional culture, we should promote the cultural heritage to the world as a whole, so as to help people of different ethnicities understand the Chinese culture. In terms of the reason why Emperor Taizong of the Tang Dynasty allowed those monks to eat meat in a program, personally, I think it is because cultivation is not something only for formalities; in fact, whether they were allowed to eat meat or not is not so important, as it is the cultivation of their hearts that counts. After all, Buddha is in their hearts.”
Mr. Mei also spoke highly of Shen Yun’s costumes, saying: “The colors are exceptionally beautiful. From the colors of the female skirts, we can tell it has taken tremendous effort in the design and production, in particular the hemlines, workmanship and the texture of the silk clothes.”
He concluded by saying, “[Shen Yun] is indeed flawless and perfect.”
Mei Changkun is a well-known Taiwanese director, who was the founder of Montage Film Music Production Company, producer of the Central Motion Picture Corporation, standing director of the Motion Picture development Foundation R.O.C. (Taiwan), and he has directed dozens of documentaries and films, such as A Flower in the Rainy Night, A Teacher of Great Soldiers and Happy Days In the Army, etc. In addition, he has cooperated with a company in Australia to produce a film titled The Z Man.
Reporting by Li Yuan and Dai Deman.
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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