DUBLIN, Ireland—Irish actress Emma Moohan greatly enjoyed the Shen Yun Performing Arts performance on April 19th at The Convention Centre Dublin. She said a piece that stood out for her was Fulfilling Vows, with Mei Xuan playing the violin-like traditional Chinese instrument, the erhu.
Ms. Moohan said: “I especially liked the woman who played the two-stringed instrument called the erhu. I thought it was beautiful, really wonderful. That was the highlight for me, actually. I could listen to her all night.”
Ms. Moohan also thought that Shen Yun’s digital backdrop really added to the story that was being told on stage. “I thought it was really clever, and they used it well. You would see them jump off the stage and then see them fly away onto the screen!
“It is always good to see multimedia used in a new way, and I think it worked; it didn’t interfere with the telling of the story. I thought it was a useful tool. It made it easy for an audience that wouldn’t perhaps be used to seeing this sort of dance before to understand it. It translated well and helped with the story telling,” said Ms. Moohan.
She said she was impressed by the fact that Shen Yun Performing Arts were touring the world, but at the same time she felt saddened that they could not bring the show to China. Shen Yun has toured widely across the world, but has unfortunately been unable to tour China, as the show’s subject matter is centred on traditional Chinese values that the ruling Chinese Communist Party sees as a threat. According to the Shen Yun website, “Over its past 60 years of rule, the communist regime has treated traditional Chinese values—centred on the idea of harmony between heaven and earth—as a threat to its existence.”
Ms. Moohan said: “That was incredible—I had no idea that that was the situation over there. It is very sad, but at the same time it is wonderful that they have grabbed the bull by the horns, so to speak, and they are out there touring the world, giving a chance for everyone else to see it.”
Ms. Moohan was also delighted by the vibrancy of the costumes. “The costumes were amazing, and the dancing was stunning. I really enjoyed the night. It was fantastic,” she said.
Reporting by Martin Murphy and Gerald O’Connor
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit Shen Yun Performing Arts.
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