TAIPEI, Taiwan—Yang Shu-Jiun, designer of Chung-Jen Yang Interior Design Firm, watched the Shen Yun Performing Arts performances on the evening of Feb. 20 at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei for the first time. Sitting in the front row, she said, “I was very much focused from the beginning to the end. I really like every part of it.”
Ms.Yang indicated that while watching so close, she was very touched by many details that demonstrated the well concerted performance among the musicians, dancers, and colors onstage. “My eyes were pleased, and my body was comforted. It is truly wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful! I really appreciate this opportunity to watch Shen Yun.”
Ms. Yang particularly enjoyed the dance performances filled with spirit. “This is the first time I’ve seen performers filled with such joy. They seem to all have integrated into the joy themselves. I was really moved by these details.”
She said that Shen Yun has conveyed both classical and cultural traditions. She appreciates the folk dance programs for they covered many ethnic groups such as the Han, Tibetan, Yi, Mongolian, and “all these ethnic characters require plenty of skill and technique in the program.”
Although Ms. Yang once lived in mainland China, her impression of Chinese dance was that it was very dull. The experience of watching Shen Yun has changed her idea completely because Shen Yun performances contain the essence of traditional Chinese culture and as well the coordination among music, backdrops, stories, and dances has surpassed international standards.
Ms. Hu Li-Chen, staff at the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, watched Shen Yun with her husband. She described, “The performance was very pure, refined, and mature. It was so smooth and pretty that it made you feel you were completely dissolved. I felt I was floating with them.”
“The performers’ jumps, somersaults, and gestures were so elegant that your heart went with them. Every program was good and touching!” she said.
Descending to the World stood out for Ms. Hu for the Lord Buddha seemed to have taken us down to the earth and showed us that only the power of the Buddha will purify this world. She enjoyed seeing gods descending from the heaven while the stage was well choreographed with the dancers, hi-tech dynamic backdrops, and the fog. It felt as if they were really in heaven.
In all seriousness, she seriously, “I just want to see Shen Yun. There must be plenty of beauty in the long history of China. The Chinese culture has been isolated for too long. The Korean-style is getting very popular nowadays, but in fact, the Chinese-style is far more profound.”
Read the original Chinese article.
Reporting by Chung Yuan and Jenny Li.
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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