KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan—Shen Yun Performing Arts has included the city of Kaohsiung in Taiwan in its World Tour for the past five years, and during that time the show has attracted people from all walks of life.
On April 7, Ms. Fan Sun-Lu, consultant of the Kaohsiung City government and former Political Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education, watched Shen Yun for the second year in a row. Ms. Fan noticed that Shen Yun had attracted a large audience, and a lot more people have come to know about the show that has as its mission the revival of the ancient Chinese culture.
Ms. Fan said about Shen Yun, "The program is what people will not see being performed by other performing arts groups." Some of the dances depict the persecution of Falun Gong, a traditional spiritual discipline, by China's communist regime. Ms. Fan said, "They are the touching parts of the show." She said that she approved of raising people’s awareness of fine culture in the form of the arts, and as for the issue of the Chinese regime’s suppression of Falun Gong, people would be able to get a better understanding of the importance of religious freedom and why human rights should be protected.
Ms. Fan enjoyed all the programs and would find it difficult to single out any one as a favorite. She said, "It’s hard to single out a specific one, as all of the programs are excellent. As we can see, there are various dances, including the dance of the Qing Dynasty, [Recalling the Great Qin], and those of minority ethnic groups." She added that she really enjoyed this year's program.
Ms. Fan served as legislator for two terms, and during her tenure as a lawmaker, she was a member of the league promoting cultural legislation. After seeing Shen Yun this evening, Ms. Fan said that she had been deeply touched by the show last year, but seeing the performance this year, she said she admires the artists even more.
She attributed Shen Yun’s great success to the artists’ professionalism and conscientiousness, saying, “They interpreted them [the legendary stories] very well, and we can tell they have gone through rigorous training, and they performed each program very seriously.”
Reporting by Li Yao-Yu.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org