PARIS—On Saturday evening, the last of its three performances at the Palais des Congrès, Shen Yun Performing Arts was greeted by a full house. Hadrien Ghomi, parliamentary assistant to Sen. Francois Patriat, found the show “very interesting and very enriching, with a great cultural diversity.”
“I think the costumes are beautiful, and the synchronization of the dancers is exceptional. … It was really beautiful.” It is rare to be able to see this kind of performance in the West, Mr. Ghomi said.
Laura Adam, a stage director currently working on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” described the performance as one “where beauty predominates.” She said she was inspired by Shen Yun’s beautiful ideas, including the dance “Handkerchiefs in Flight,” in which the dancers send embroidered handkerchiefs flying.
She also appreciated the dance “Yellow Blossoms,” which showed a “good sense of aesthetic, with a very creative use of fans.”
Her young daughter agreed: “When the dancers closed their fans, it was as if they were transforming them into a bouquet of flowers!”
The young in the audience were particularly amused by the scenes of the Monkey King and an eccentric monk with superpowers.
“It was full of colors. I can appreciate all the work that went into these choreographies, which really represent a lot of work. These dances are reminiscent of martial arts. I can recognize myself easily in this!” said Frédéric Lay, who is of Chinese origin and is a professor of Latin dance.
On the eve of the elections in France, the French people are raising many questions about social values. Shen Yun’s portrayal of traditional Chinese culture, with its values of benevolence, justice, tolerance, and wisdom struck a chord with audience members.
“The spiritual message of benevolence and calm is a message that we should hear both in Asia and in Europe today. In a time of crises and of what we see, I hope this message of benevolence and openness will ultimately overcome the tendency to close up on ourselves,” Hadrian Ghomi said.
Sylvie Courges, a property manager, particularly appreciated the “message of the divine.” “The director of this show is very inspired. These are values that we are trying to share. In a show with so many people, to present such beauty, poetry, music, and colors is really magical.”
“I think there was a lot of emotion in the theater,” André said.
The whole family said that the tenor’s song was magnificent, with truly extraordinary words, Christophe added.
“We are here to find our answer, the exit from the labyrinth,” Sylvie said. “It is a top-quality show.”
“A show like this is like small seeds that are sown. They touch you [or] they do not touch you, but they are there, and it will take as long as it takes,” she said. “It evokes the sacred meaning of the world, which speaks of 10,000 years of history, and that our path is the divine, which we find in ourselves. That’s the simple truth.”
Original article printed in the French-language Epoch Times: http://www.epochtimes.fr
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