KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan—The elegance of the classical Chinese dance displayed by Shen Yun Performing Arts seems to be a gift from heaven, and has deeply touched Kaohsiung citizens.
On the afternoon of April 6, His Eminence Cardinal Paul Shan Kuo-Hsi, S.J., watched Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company’s first show in Kaohsiung.
“From the perspective of arts, including the traditional Chinese culture, dance and music, the performance is superb,” he said in a telephone interview.
The New-York-based Shen Yun is the world’s foremost classical Chinese dance and music company. Shen Yun seeks to revive and restore China’s 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture, including the spirit and values of the culture.
“I liked every program,” the Cardinal said. “It was my first time watching Shen Yun, and I felt every program was excellent, especially the Monkey King Outwits Pigsy. The vocalists’ solos, the music, and every dance are superb, and their skills are very mature.”
The Cardinal said that even though the 5,000-year Chinese culture was condensed into a two–hour show on the stage, and we could only see fragments of it, the essence of Chinese culture was fully displayed.
Cardinal Paul Shan Kuo-Hsi, S.J., is a cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church and was the chair of board of the Fu Jen Catholic University. He owns a honorary doctoral degree and is now a retired Bishop of Kaohsiung.
In 2006, he was diagnosed with lung cancer. He conducted a “Farewell Tour” to pass down his life philosophy to the public. In 2009, due to his devotion to world peace and harmony among ethnic groups, he was awarded the “Peace Prize” in the Fifth Presidential Culture Award.
Reporting by Luo Derman.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org