THE HAGUE, Netherlands—Shen Yun Performing Arts' final performance at the Lucent Danstheater in The Hague, The Netherlands, on April 14, received high praise from the audience. Among those attending the performance was Miles Roston, a director and writer.
“It is just beautiful to see the Chinese culture on stage, really good to see,” Mr. Roston said.
Mr. Roston's encounters with Chinese culture started at a young age. His father, who had gone back to university to study Chinese, exposed him to “Chinese culture a lot.”
As a filmmaker Mr. Roston was impressed by the animated backdrops. The interactive projected images are a unique feature of the New York based company.
“I like the interaction of projection, I like the celestial beings coming from the heavens and then appearing on the stage,” said Mr. Roston.
Shen Yun brings the audience an exhilarating performance of classical Chinese dance and music, depicting 5,000 years of Chinese culture.
Mr. Roston says he liked the ancient stories depicted in the performance. “I liked the story of the drunken monk who turns out to be a hero, as a director I always like stories.”
The tale of The Heroic Lu Zhishen shows a monk expelled from a Buddhist temple because of being drunk and quarrelsome. He turns out to be a hero.
“I loved the sound of the orchestra, which is also fantastic,” said Mr. Roston. Shen Yun’s unique orchestra blends Western and Eastern instruments, such as the ancient Chinese instrument the two-stringed erhu.
“I love the sound of the erhu,” said Mr. Roston.
Reporting by Yunfan Li and Jasper Fakkert.
Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will next perform on April 16 and 17 at the Theatre de Beaulieu in Lausanne, Switzerland. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org