AUCKLAND, New Zealand—”Go and see Shen Yun and experience it, because it’s about … a deep, long history,” said Himanshu Trivedi when he experienced Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Aotea Centre, ASB Theatre for the evening performance on Feb. 13.
“I find it very exhilarating, very relaxing, and what you’d call an experience of a different kind,” he said. “It’s a pleasure to be here.”
Mr. Trivedi said he had wanted to see Shen Yun for a long time and when he saw it advertised this time around he did not want to miss out. He attended Shen Yun with his wife Rupal. Mr. Trivedi is currently a lawyer in Auckland, but he was a district cadre judge in Ahmedabad City when the riots took place in different parts of the state following the Godhra train carnage. He resigned because he was sworn to the Constitution of India and refused to act against the minority as ordered to by unethical authorities. He said he refused to be a butcher.
Shen Yun is based in New York and has the mission to revive China’s millennia of divinely inspired culture, which was almost destroyed under communist rule.
The Shen Yun website states, “Over its past 60 years of rule, the communist regime has treated traditional Chinese values—centered on the idea of harmony between heaven and earth—as a threat to its existence. And in its systematic campaigns like the Cultural Revolution, it has uprooted traditional beliefs and destroyed ancient treasures—bringing traditional 5,000 years of civilization to the brink of extinction.”
One of the dances portrays present day China where Falun Dafa, a peaceful meditation practice, practitioners are persecuted by the communist regime because of their beliefs. With a background in standing up for minorities against the unethical authorities, this dance particularly touched Mr. Trivedi’s heart.
“The modern piece touched me quite a lot,” he said.
He felt there was a spiritual heart to Shen Yun that he felt was very important to humanity, to go back to its origins and morals and values.
“It’s important for us, and it’s a strong message … for world peace,” he said. “There would be no conflict, if we are all spiritual, because then we will respect not only the God or the power which somebody believes in, in their religions, but they will respect the creations as well.”
Mr. Trivedi loved each and every part of the program.
“Every piece has a uniqueness—the costumes, the grace, the presentation, and the female dancers and the male dancers, the energy they bring,” he said. “And the background, and the synchronisation, and the live music obviously.”
He said he did a diploma in theatre in India in his younger days and performed quite a lot of theatre. He could not believe the energy and ability of the dancers, the techniques and the costumes. He loved the cultural traditions and the merging of them with modern concepts.
The Shen Yun website states, “Classical Chinese dance is composed of three main parts: bearing, form, and technical skill. Other than complete training in the fundamentals, it also entails systematic training in movements and postures, as well as very difficult jumping and tumbling techniques.”
Mrs. Trivedi agreed with everything her husband said. “I’m enjoying myself, it’s a good performance,” she said.
Mr. Trivedi added, “Brilliant! Artistic! Exhilarating!”
Reporting by Margo Macvicar and Leigh Smith
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit Shen Yun Performing Arts.
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