THE HAGUE, Netherlands—The promise of a colorful performance offering glimpses of China's true culture, drew Sydney Osnabrug to the Lucent Danstheater on Tuesday evening, April 12.
Mr. Osnabrug, who works for the Dutch Government as the Consultant Dutch Interior Ministry and Royal House Relations, was impressed by Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company, acclaimed as the world's premier classical Chinese dance and music company.
"It was amazing … really. I have never enjoyed a show as much as this. It was really impressive," Mr. Osnabrug said.
Based in New York, Shen Yun aims to present classical Chinese dance, an art form still new to the West, in its purest and most beautiful form, reminiscent of China's true cultural heritage bestowed 5,000 years ago, but lost under communist rule.
One dance, No Regrets, depicts the persecution of the ancient spiritual practice, Falun Gong, banned by China’s communist regime in 1999. The practice still prevails in China today, and the suppression of belief caused Mr. Osnabrug some concern.
"Well, really, I thought where the boy and his mother were enjoying … reading their book and he was slain, because of another's interpretation or others' beliefs. They should never do this and should respect others according to their beliefs," Mr. Osnabrug said.
On a brighter note, the government official was captivated by the spectrum of colors in the handmade costumes choreographed to move along with the dancer's movements.
"I was impressed by the movements … It was really awesome,” he said.
Mr. Osnabrug said he would like Shen Yun to come back to the Netherlands again as there was still much to learn about the five-millennia-old Chinese culture.
"I think we’d like to see more of the ancient history and folklore traditions of China. And I think this show has given us a glimpse of what’s in store for us."
Reporting by NTD Television and Raiatea Tahana-Reese.