TAOYUAN, Taiwan—On the evening of April 14, Mr. Huang Shih-Han had his first encounter with Shen Yun at the Taoyuan Arts Center. The chief of the HsinChu County Environmental Protection Bureau felt something other than beauty with the last dance of the program. “In the last scene [“Hope for the Future”], as the Falun emblem gradually lit up and the light encompassed the stage, I felt that there must be hope tomorrow. I was filled with hope!”
The Falun emblem encapsulates the universe as well as the universal principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance.
“When the light came up, it occurred to me that there was a saying in Buddhism ‘The Buddha-light illuminates everywhere.’ For me it symbolizes that Shen Yun illuminates traditional culture and virtues for me,” Mr. Huang continued.
After a hectic day at work, Mr. Huang’s weariness was gone after seeing Shen Yun. He became “more and more energetic as the show went on.” He believes that his rejunevation has a lot to do with Shen Yun’s employment of bright colors that contrast but complement one another.
“I couldn’t afford to doze off or blink and miss a moment of that colorful performance. Shen Yun must have done extensive research on the styles of the costumes in different dynasties,” Mr. Huang said.
According to Shen Yun’s website, “every costume in a Shen Yun performance is presented with brilliant colors, displaying a splendid spectacle—from the Tang Dynasty’s “Raiment of Rainbows and Feathers” to imperial dragon robes, phoenix coronets, and cloud capes; from the civil official’s headdress and robes to the warrior’s helmet and armor; and from the traditional rightward cross-collared Han clothing to the ethnic attire of the Manchurian, Tibetan, Dai, Mongol, and Uyghur ethnic groups.”
Brilliant colors aren’t the only thing that caught Mr. Huang’s eyes. He adored the high-tech projections in the background: “The real and virtual worlds became one through the skillful dancing on the stage and the images on the digital backdrop. The classic stories in Chinese culture are told through this impeccable match of two art forms.”
“Shen Yun’s digital-backdrop team creates vividly animated settings, extending the stage and transporting the audience to a world where heaven and earth are one,” says on Shen Yun’s website.
The flower projected on the backdrop in “The Mystical Udumbara” awakened some of Mr. Huang’s feelings. “The flower only blossoms once every 3,000 years, it’s impressive. The moment I saw it, it felt like I had seen it before.”
As a leading figure in environmental protection, Mr. Huang wished to apply an idea he got from Shen Yun’s stories to the work he does. He believes that “to better promote environmental protection, we need to first promote the idea of being kind (to the environment.)”
Reporting by Li Yun and Lin Hsin-Yi
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