KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan—After watching Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company’s premiere in Kaohsiung on the afternoon of April 6, at the Dr. Sun Yat Yat-sen University, Neipu Dance Association president Li Xiufang exclaimed, "Perfect! It is indeed worthwhile to be here. Whether it's their costumes, content of the program, or dancers’ movements and postures, they are amazing.”
Ms. Li had seen Shen Yun previously, and this time she exclusively hired a tour bus to bring her students and friends all the way from Neipu Township to Kaohsiung City to see the Shen Yun. She said of the show, “It is indeed perfect. Shen Yun‘s performance is my goal to learn."
She felt that the theme of each program had profound connotations, and that the choreography was excellent. She also particularly enjoyed the solo vocalists’ who were very good, she said.
Though Ms. Li has been with Taiwan International Folkdance Association for many years, she said that she just is too far behind to catch up with Shen Yun’s high artistic level. "We are here to learn, so as to broaden our horizons, in particular, their dancing movements and choreography."
"If time could turn the clock back, I would study classical Chinese dance instead," she said.
Ms. Qiu, one of Ms. Li’s students, said that what Shen Yun performed was classical Chinese dance, while her teacher was teaching Hakka folkdance, so their main objective to see the show here was to observe the dances of various ethnic groups.
Another student, Ms. Peng noted, "It broadened my horizons. The vocalists’ performances are very positive because it advises people to be good, while the society is in chaos. … It is great to learn something from Shen Yun.”
Reporting by Li Jinyi.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org