PRAGUE, Czech Republic—Shen Yun Performing Arts donned the stage at the Prague Congress Center in the Czech Republic Tuesday, April 2. Pavel Šafr, editor-in-chief of the leading Czech tabloid Blesk, was in the audience to take in the show.
“I have an exceptionally good impression,” he said after the performance.
“It is important because in our country, we often forget that the Peoples Republic of China is not a free country,” he added. “And the lack of freedom is something that blocks spiritual growth.”
Shen Yun cannot be seen in China today, where traditional culture has been nearly lost. Since the communist regime’s 60-year reign has destroyed Chinese culture, Shen Yun seeks to revive the true, divinely inspired culture of China and share it with the world.
“That is why I think that this show is extremely important, and I am indeed glad that I could see it,” Mr. Šafr said.
Mr. Šafr also described Shen Yun’s unique mix of ethnic dances as “whimsical” and “playful.”
“I was simply taken away,” he added.
According to Shen Yun’s website, “China was once known as Shen Zhou—The Divine Land. This profound name describes a land where deities and mortals coexisted, and a belief that the divine transmitted a rich culture to the people of the earth.”
Such a distinction was not lost upon Mr. Šafr. “It is fascinating,” he said. “And considering the aspect of spirituality or ideas, it suits me completely. I simply think that China is governed by red devils.”
Mr. Šafr concluded by emphasizing the importance of Shen Yun eventually being able to perform in its homeland of ancient roots.
“You know, it is even terrifying that something so beautiful is not allowed to take place in such a great part of the world as China,” he explained. “And this is what touches me personally.”
“And I believe that it will not be this way forever,” he added.
With reporting by NTD Television
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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