NAGOYA, Japan—An executive of a renowned Nagoya construction company said he was deeply moved after attending Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Aichi Prefectural Art Theater on Jan. 29.
“The show is amazingly beautiful. I was mesmerized by it,” said Mr. Matsuyama Hidekazu, the construction company’s executive.
Mr. Matsuyama was in awe of the dancers‘ outstanding performances.
“[During the two hours], the dancers were jumping, spinning, flipping, and doing other different dancing movements. They kept the order neatly and coordinated very well with each other. It’s admirable! Their physical strength is really amazing. They must have put in 120 percent of their efforts to make this happenn,” he said. “Especially the poses that they made at the end of each dance, they are too beautiful to describe. I was very touched.”
Mr. Matsuyama said that Shen Yun was great in many aspects.
“The live orchestra is fabulous. It really is a fantastic addition, having this live orchestra,” he said. “The erhu (two-stringed Chinese instrument) virtuoso has many different skills and played lots of tuneful sounds. I was shocked by these dulcet tones.”
Mr. Matsuyama was also amazed by Shen Yun’s dynamic backdrop.
“The dancers flew from far away in the backdrop, then landed on the stage. The timing was controlled accurately. The cooperation between the stage and the backdrop is really seamless,” he said. “[The backdrop] helped me better understand the stories. It activated my imagination.”
Mr. Matsuyama talked about the traditional values that Shen Yun presented, such as respect for the divine.
“The messages were delivered in an easily understandable way. I felt very close to and relaxed when I received them,” he said. “I’m excited to see that Shen Yun is touring and welcomed all around the world.”
New York-based Shen Yun is the world’s top classical Chinese dance company, and has a mission to show the beauty and goodness of “China before communism.” For 5,000 years China’s civilization was built on values and virtues from the spiritual teachings of Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism.
‘A Collection of All of the Best Arts’
Ms. Hori Sachiko, a glass artist, said Shen Yun is “a collection of all the best arts,” having superb backdrops, dances, and more.
“The colors are saturated and bright, and all colors are very harmoniously matched,” she said. “The colors of the costumes complement the gorgeous backdrops. All the scenes are eye-catching!”
Shen Yun’s patented backdrop extends the stage and interacts with the stage, and it was Ms. Hori’s most favored part.
“The backdrop cooperates with the stage perfectly and magically,” she said. “I was really drawn into the performance. It’s excellent!”
Ms. Hori said she enjoyed Shen Yun and learned a lot from it.
“The performance is very interesting—everybody must see it for themselves,” she said. “I will tell my friends to attend.”
Each Shen Yun performance consists of nearly 20 vignettes, presented through highly-expressive art forms such as classical Chinese dance, original orchestral music performed live, soloists who sing in the bel canto tradition, animated digital backdrops, and more.
‘I’m Extremely Happy’
Mr. Amano Daizen is an abbot of a temple. He said he was “extremely happy because Shen Yun is graceful, elegant, and touching.”
“Each program of Shen Yun has a theme. Each theme represents a step in China’s history. I feel Shen Yun presents China’s entire splendid culture in its dance. It’s majestic and wonderful,” he said.
Mr. Amano appreciated the musicians of the live orchestra.
“All of them must really concentrate on playing, because their music is amazingly perfect,” he said. “All musicians coordinate with each other very well. The whole orchestra is like one person’s breathing. Perfectly matched. No fault at all.”
Mr. Amano said Shen Yun is beautiful in all respects.
Reporting by Epoch Times Staff in Nagoya, Japan.
The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. We have covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.