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Young Freelance Filmmaker Says Shen Yun ‘Touched my heart’


Epoch Times Staff
Created: March 1, 2013 Last Updated: March 1, 2013
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Freelance filmmaker Amir Adib’s recommendation to others about the Shen Yun Performing Arts show is to see it.

Mr. Amir Adib enjoyed Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Ikeda Theater in the Mesa Arts Center. (Flora Ge/The Epoch Times)

Mr. Amir Adib enjoyed Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Ikeda Theater in the Mesa Arts Center. (Flora Ge/The Epoch Times)

MESA, Arizona—Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company opened on the evening of Feb. 28 at the lovely Ikeda Theater in the Mesa Arts Center. Mr. Amir Adib, a freelance filmmaker born in Tehran, Iran, was touched by the performance.

“The colors are unbelievable, the movements are so graceful, and the songs touched my heart,” he said after the show.

“It was awesome!” he added. “It was my second year seeing it!”

Shen Yun Performing Arts, a nonprofit organization based in upstate New York, tours the globe each year with a new production.

“Mortals and divine beings merge on stage as one. Principles such as benevolence and justice, propriety and wisdom, respect for the heavens, and divine retribution, all come to life, washing over the audience. Originating from Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism, these ideals are the essence of traditional Chinese culture,” according Shen Yun’s website.

From his perspective as a professional filmmaker, Mr. Abid appreciated the professionalism of the performance, saying, “It’s very professional, spot on. It’s a high, high-end production.”

During each solo performance by the Shen Yun world-class soloists, the words are projected on the animated backdrop in Chinese and English, so the audience can capture the essence of each song.

The meaning of the original songs also touched Mr. Abid’s heart.

“Maybe because it’s more of a left-brained thing and I can read the words and let that sink in,” he said. “I like listening to the songs and letting the meaning of the word sit on my heart and reflect upon them.”

The song “What is the Meaning of Life”, sung by soprano Chia-Ning Hsu, was special for Mr. Abid, as it meant that home is “in the heavens” to him.

His recommendation to others about the Shen Yun Performing Arts show is to see it.

“Absolutely! It’s a must watch,” he said. “If you’d like to know more about Falun Dafa or Chinese culture or any of that, this is a great way to experience the beauty and magic of it!”

The opening performance closed to a rousing standing ovation.

Reporting by Flora Ge and Cheryl Casati.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company is performing at the Ikeda Theater in the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Ariz., Feb. 28–March 3, and the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix, Ariz., March 10. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

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