TAOYUAN, Taiwan—On the afternoon of March 30, 2013, Mr. Tsuneyasu Takeda, the great-great-grandson of the former Japanese Emperor Meiji, and cousin of Japan’s current Crown Prince, made a trip specially to the Taoyuan County Performance Center to attend the artistic feast presented by Shen Yun Performing Arts.
As a member of Japanese royal family, Mr. Takeda praised Shen Yun for containing “ancient elements,” and expressed that the show made him feel very comfortable.
“I appreciate the performance—it puts me at ease,” he explained. “And I feel the dances are very outstanding. It is a very rich and diversified performance, which is very enjoyable.”
As for the mix of Eastern and Western classical instruments, he said, “I have attended live orchestra performances at European theaters from time to time. I feel the live performance by the orchestra with Chinese musical instruments is very natural.”
Mr. Takeda was also very pleased by the animated backdrops. “The integration of the dynamic backdrops into the dances is really remarkable,” he said. “I was ecstatic to see the various, spectacular scenes displayed up there.”
He added that he especially liked the Chinese legends and folklore presented through the performances. “China has a long history rich with elements of ancient times,” he explained. “After seeing the show, I feel very happy.”
Mr. Takeda is a lecturer of constitutional studies at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan, and knowing that Shen Yun is unable to perform in mainland China, the country that used to be called a “divine land,” he said that he feels sorry for the country’s current situation.
“Even in mainland China, I think that Shen Yun should be allowed to perform freely,” he said. “I also think that it should be promoted further so that more people can experience it.”
He concluded by expressing his wish to recommend the performance to other members of the royal family.
“This is something that I have never seen, so I’ll tell my family and friends that they should see a Shen Yun show at least once,” he said. “There are a lot of unique connotations of Chinese culture in the program, so I think it will be very good to have more people watching it.”
Read the original Chinese article.
Reporting by Lee Yun 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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