BERLIN—Mr. Hartmut Kroll, a German architect, and his partner, Ms. Vetterlein, were among the Opening Night audience at the Internationales Congress Centrum (ICC) Berlin on Friday, March 16, enjoying internationally-acclaimed Shen Yun Performing Arts.
New York-based Shen Yun takes the audience on a journey through China’s 5,000-year-old culture from ancient times to the present-day. The couple enjoyed immersing themselves into the traditional culture, absorbing much of China’s history through the story-based, classical Chinese dance that features the lessons and values of the ancient culture that can be so relevant to today.
“Today came as a surprise to me,” said Mr. Kroll. “Not only because it is the first time I’ve seen such a show, but also because I didn’t know that we were coming here, as my friend told me to just wait and enjoy the evening.”
He added, “The show was very interesting … It was totally different and new to me.”
Ms. Vetterlein said, “It was wonderful for the mind to have been exposed to this. It was so colorful, and the dancers were perfect. Absolutely beautiful.”
Mr. Kroll was impressed by the scenes of the divinely-inspired ancient culture. He said, “The gods can help us and they are of great importance. The message was that we have to do something and that we are here to accomplish something.
“One has to live a life that will be smiled upon by the gods. It doesn’t matter which denomination we belong to. I’m saying this from deep within me because I’m trying to live my life by that kind of understanding.
“It was rather interesting to see history and dance combined. It was expressive and the artists did a wonderful job conveying the unspoken story,” said Mr. Kroll.
Communication Manager: Shen Yun ‘An exceptional experience’
Mr. Jan Lebiedziejewski, a mobile radio communication manager, said it was “an exceptional experience.”
New York-based Shen Yun has “a mission to reclaim and renew the true, divinely-inspired cultural heritage of China … They create an all-new production every year that seeks to offer the audience an experience it will always remember,” states the company’s website.
He said the entire performance was fabulous and every scene brought new delights.
“There was so much to see. I can’t think of anything that didn’t impress me … and I don’t know where to begin and where to end,” he said.
Mr. Lebiedziejewski was impressed with the many aspects of the performance.
“The formation of the dancers, the perfect choreography, the brilliant costumes and the superb music are what come to mind. Everything was just perfect, up to the last detail.”
Overall, he said, “Shen Yun was an exceptional experience, which I will never forget.”
Reporting by Wen Jing and Qim Huang.
Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company will give two more performances in Berlin on March 17 and 18, and then perform in Zurich, Switzerland, from March 23-26.
For more information visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org