Gold Engraving Artist: Shen Yun Admired by Art Creators

April 1, 2012 Updated: April 7, 2012

TAICHUNG, Taiwan—Gold engraving artist Yinghsieh Cheng, who has been awarded second prize in the Metal Processing of the National Crafts Awards, came all the way from Lukang Town, Changhua County, to Taichung to attend the performance of the world-renowned Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company at JhungShan Auditorium on March 31. Mr. Cheng was accompanied by his wife and friends.

Mr. Cheng described the dancers as being full of youthful vigor. “They were very elegant and they seemed to be able to perform effortlessly on the stage,” he said. “As an artist of creative works, I indeed appreciate this kind of performance. Really!”

Shen Yun presents traditional Chinese culture and values, such as harmony between humans and nature, respecting heaven and understanding the decree of the divine, and the principle that good will be rewarded and evil will receive retribution, and so on.

Seeing the Shen Yun performance for the first time, Mr. Cheng was deeply impressed. He said, “It’s rare to see such a program. When seeing these traditional Chinese folk tales and historical stories, like the story about Monkey King sneaking to pick Heaven’s peach in the Journey to the West [How the Monkey King Came to Be] and the scene of Emperor Taizong of Tang, I recalled many memories from my childhood.”

He was surprised that Shen Yun could display the traditional Chinese culture. He said, “It’s fabulous.”

As a creator of art, Mr. Cheng was especially impressed by the synchronization between the backdrops and the characters on the stage. “The Monkey King jumped down all the way from the top of the mountain in the backdrop, and finally jumped to stage. I have never seen this before. In general, the big screen served as a background, but the backdrop was like a movie, combined finally with the figures performing live on stage. It’s very unique,” he said.

Mr. Cheng said that he was very grateful to his friend for inviting him and his wife to watch the performance. “It’s really worthwhile,” he said.

Reporting by Chienting Lo & Joseph Wu

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will perform in seven cities in Taiwan until April 8 and then continue to top venues in Australia and New Zealand. 

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