Business Owner: Shen Yun Dancers Portray Inner Beauty

April 21, 2011 Updated: April 25, 2011

LUDWIGSBURG, Germany—The New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company ended its two-day run in Ludwigsburg on Thursday, April 21.

Mr. Sebastian Togelan, an Indonesian native and owner of NEODONE Business Acceleration, was in the audience. He clearly enjoyed the presentation of China's 5,000-year-old artistic traditions and heritage.

"The traditional Chinese dances were quite impressive. The whole presentation showed China once again from a more positive side, because my other experiences [with China] had sorely disappointed me," Mr. Togelan said.

Being of Asian heritage, Mr. Togelan was happy that Shen Yun had come to Ludwigsburg to let the area's people know about the true China.

"As you can tell, I am Asian. Chinese people say that the inner, deeper morals are not what they once were, or what one would hope for, and that is also my opinion. These days one misses the traditional and the old," he added.

According to the company's website, its members are mostly ethnic Chinese who grew up in the West, and Shen Yun’s mission is to revive the spirit of traditional Chinese culture.

"Seeing the Shen Yun show brings hope that the deeper morals of humanity still exist. To me, the mission of the show sounds like a return to the traditional, to the old, to genuine culture; so necessary to build positive human interaction," he said.

Shen Yun presents classical Chinese dance and music through story-based dances telling of ancient legends of loyalty and compassion, and modern-day tales of courage and hope.

"I get the feeling that the aura the dancers emit is something on a higher level. It moved my heart—their skills and all. That is something I have seldom observed in other Chinese presentations … [that] lack inner meaning," he observed.

Mr. Togelan enjoyed the music of the erhu, the stirring melodies of the two-stringed instrument also known as the Chinese violin.

"I was almost moved to tears by the erhu music. Feeling so deeply is important to me," he said.

Reporting by Nina Hamrle and Christina Riveland.

Shen Yun Performing Arts will perform next in Stockholm, Sweden and then Vienna, Austria. For more information, visit