GUNPO, South Korea—”This is the performance that is going to save all mankind,” said Oh Yeongeun, president of YIA Cosmetic. “The healing goes to anyone in attendance who can keep their eyes on the performance.”
Shen Yun, at its last leg of its Asian tour, graced the stage of Gunpo Culture & Arts Center on April 26. And after finishing its U.S. tour at Philadelphia in May, Shen Yun will kick off a new production The Monkey King, taking the company to Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador and Argentina.
“The healing power comes from the theme, outfits and colors of every single performance,” elaborated Ms. Oh. “I believe this is also the intention of the performance’s director.”
“Every single color basically has its own healing touch,” said Ms. Oh.
Like many of Shen Yun performers who are cultivators, Ms. Oh said she practices qigong in her spare time. Shen Yun performers, meanwhile, practice an ancient Chinese meditation called Falun Dafa, which centers around three core principles of truthfulness, compassion and forbearance.
“I did not have a single bite in either the morning or at noon. I didn’t even have a sip of water since morning,” said Ms. Oh. “But now, I feel so empowered as if electricity is running through about 365 of acupressure points in my body.”
“The Miao dance was good, very very good. And the last program The Divine Renaissance Begins is also very good, outstanding. I felt what was like when heaven, earth and human come together as one,” added Ms. Oh.
Shen Yun, in addition to classical Chinese dance, showcases ethnic and folk dances from different regions around China. And from southern China the ethnic group Hmong, a sub-group of the Miao, is featured in the program In A Village of the Hmong.
Finally, Ms. Oh said, “The skills of Shen Yun have surpassed those in Korea.”
“I went to Beijing and Shanghai and saw some performances. But they are so much different from Shen Yun,” said Lee Young-Hyeon, honorary president of Korea International Trade Association. “The ones I saw in China are merely some exhibition of Chinese kung-fu or business-oriented shows.”
“But what Shen Yun portrays is a perfect art form,” added Mr. Lee.
According to Mr. Lee, Shen Yun put on stage something extraordinary in a two-hour long performance: the past, the present and the future.
“Shen Yun shows us the way to our future, and that is heaven,” said Mr. Lee. “And I didn’t expect that heaven could be so beautiful.”
As for present, Mr. Lee walked away realizing that “Shen Yun, through its different stories and programs, tells people to lead an upright life.”
“I want to tell my friends and family that Shen Yun performance has a healing touch. And they should all come to see Shen Yun.”
“I used to think that I was not related in any way to the ancient Chinese culture. Today, however, I do see much in common, and now I feel am so much closer to the Chinese people,” said Kim Ungi, president of Cheongun construction corporation.
Mr. Kim elaborated, “Shen Yun put on display the profound meanings behind Chinese history and culture, and this gave me a chance to understand China and ancient Chinese culture.”
Today’s China is much different than the days of ancient past after decades of communist rule, and Shen Yun seeks to revive the the ancient traditional culture. In fact, Shen Yun is not allowed to perform in China today.
“Classical Chinese dance is truly outstanding for it has passed down for thousands of years,” said Na Changhyeon, director of a hospital in Gangnam District of the South Korean capital Seoul.
Classical Chinese dance is more than what meets the eyes, according to Mr. Na.
“I could sense pure compassion coming from every single dance.”
Reporting by Piao Lian, Dai Deman, Wang Gahye and Frank Fang
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