CHIAYI, Taiwan—The first performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts in Chiayi had a full house on the evening of March 11. Professional photographer, painter, and mountain climber Mr. Li Shiao-Shi and his wife Ms. Lin Ching-Ching watched Shen Yun for the first time.
The graceful presentation of historical stories brought Mr. Li a sense of nostalgia for ancient times. Ms. Lin was attracted by the enchanting smiles of the dancing artists.
The crystal ice and bright snow from Dancing for the Gods, which depicts Tibetan reverence for the divine, caught Mr. Li’s eye. “Absolutely graceful!” he said.
He recalled the dances he loved: “The feather costumes from Tang Dynasty in Ancient Elegance made me feel nostalgic for old times,” he said. “The dancing in When Shaolin Monks Protected the Emperor and Sand Monk Is Blessed are most definitely worth seeing. Mongolian Bowl Dance presents the characteristics of the borderland. Marvelous performance!”
Mr. Li admired the orchestra which has both western and Chinese instruments.
“The music has an ancient charm to it and brings out the essence of the five thousand years of Chinese culture. It is pure and energetic as though the sound descended from heaven,” he said.
“The entire performance mixed together dancing, music and high tech backdrop so perfectly,” he said. “It is simply a performance of high level art.”
Ms. Lin teaches in a high school. She adored the dancers because they had bright smiles on their faces while they danced. “I enjoyed the dancing even more because I knew that they were enjoying it as well.”
Inspired Dance of Yi was her favorite. “The luxurious costumes were made to stand out in the exquisite dance movements. They were like beautiful butterflies flying in the sky with stunning and brilliant colors.”
Reporting by Shang-Hai Tsai and Hsin-Yi Lin.
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