TAOYUAN, Taiwan—The final performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company in Taoyuan was held at the Taoyuan Performing Arts Center on April 8, which was also its final performance in Taiwan for 2012.
Based in New York, Shen Yun Performing Arts was established in 2006 with the mission of reviving 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture. China history is steeped in rich values and the idea that humanity and the divine are intertwined. This idea is built right into the name “Shen Yun,” which in context translates as “the beauty of divine beings dancing,” according to the company’s website.
After watching the performance, Mr. Huising Liao, Taoyuan County Councilor, said that Shen Yun really deserves its name. “I think it’s very appropriate to be named ‘Shen Yun.'” He was very impressed by the fact that Shen Yun could reach the realm of “showing the wonders between imagination and reality!”
Mr. Liao said that Shen Yun successfully integrated traditional Chinese culture and arts into its performance, which was totally different from any shows he had seen before. He said that Shen Yun was well-organized in all aspects, including the costume design, choreography, stage lighting, and backdrops. “The performance is really worth seeing. It’s also our Taoyuan citizens’ blessing to have Shen Yun performing in Taoyuan,” he said.
Mr. Liao was particularly impressed by the programs Crazy Ji Saves the Day and Mu Guiying Commands the Troops. Additionally, he marveled at the perfect synchronization between the dynamic backdrops and the dancers, as well as the wonderful stage effects. “The coordination was fabulous. The backdrops were perfect! It is so spectacular,” he said.
The Shen Yun performance also includes programs that portray the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China today. Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) is a traditional spiritual discipline. Mr. Liao, from the perspective of being a representative elected by the people, urged the Chinese regime to “stop persecuting Falun Gong practitioners physically and spiritually. Regardless of religious groups or other organizations, their doctrines and ideas must be respected.”
Huising Liao said that he has been to many countries around the world and noted that Falun Gong is practised in the entire world, and is very welcomed by local people. He added, “As this is a world trend, I hope that the Chinese Communist regime changes its attitude toward Falun Gong, and supports Falun Gong positively.
Reporting by Caiwen Huang & Joseph Wu.
Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world, with a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will next perform in Melbourne, Australia, April 11-15 at the Regent Theatre.
For more information visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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