KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan—Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company presented its second performance at the Hall of Kaohsiung City Cultural Center on the evening of March 13. Among the audience were Ms. Li Yifang, vice president of HSBC Bank (Taiwan) Limited and manager of HSBC Minsheng Branch, together with her children. She hoped that her children could learn more about traditional Chinese culture through watching the world-class performance.
“On my friend’s recommendation, I had high expectations of Shen Yun, and it turns out to be in line with my expectations. Excellent,” she said.
A New York-based performance company, Shen Yun is dedicated to restoring and reviving traditional Chinese culture, according to the company’s website. Using classical Chinese dance, original scores combining Western and Chinese classical instruments, and heart felt songs, Shen Yun takes the audience on a journey through China’s 5,000-year-old culture from ancient times to the present-day.
Impressed with the fusion of the colors of the costumes and Shen Yun’s unique digital backdrops, Ms. Li said: “Terrific! Male performers display masculinity in their dances, and female performers display femininity, while showing professionalism in their movements, like tumbling, leaping, and jumping.
Classical Chinese dance, which has a history of thousands of years, incorporates the profound aspects from every era and dynasty of ancient China. It is a complete system of dance that embodies traditional principles, unique dance movements, and inner meaning.
“With music composed of waves of resonance, and a diversity of backdrop scenes in differing colors, the overall presentation is really great!” Ms. Li said.
Established in 2009, HSBC Bank (Taiwan) Limited operates through the locally incorporated entity. As one of the world’s largest banking and financing groups, the HSBC Group has branches and offices in 87 nations.
Shen Yun Reaches ‘Perfection’
Harmony Manpower Co. Ltd.’s general manager, Zhang Yongxuan, attended Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company’s second performance, of its 2012 Kaohsiung tour, together with a friend. Ms. Zhang was excited about seeing the performance and said, “Every program was great; it was really awe-inspiring.”
Seeing Shen Yun for the first time, Ms. Zhang said see watched the performance intently and was amazed by the colorful costumes, the magnificence of the dancers’ skills, and the perfect synchronization of the music and backdrops. She said, “Every performer’s skills have reached perfection. When a movement needed to be soft, it was soft and gentle, and when it needed to be powerful, it was powerfully strong. It left me with a wonderful feeling. I’ve never seen this kind of combination of scenes and backdrops. It’s indeed great, so I watched it with full attention.”
Especially impressed by the exquisite and colorful costumes, she said, “The colors of the costumes were so beautiful. Such colors are hard to find in the human world.” She also mentioned that the the combination of colors and the synchronization of the backdrop scenes were very beautiful, almost beyond words. She said, “The backdrops are so beautiful; not anything like I could have ever imagined.”
Ms. Zhang said she particularly enjoyed the program The Joyful Little Monks. “The performance was very joyful. The performers skills were great, their mischievous movements showcased childhood innocence. It takes real skill to do such a performance.”
Reporting by Li Fangru & Amy Lien and Billy Shyu
Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will perform in seven cities in Taiwan until April 8 and then continue to top venues in Australia and New Zealand.
For more information visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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