STOCKHOLM—Some people traveled long distances to attend Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company's opening show in Stockholm on Sunday, April 24. Ms. Rosieh Khalaj, Ms. Fatemeh Mohammadi and Mr. Ali Ahmadi came all the way from Iran to attend the show with their host, Mr. Yashar Moradbakhti.
The Swedish capital had saved its most splendid spring weather so far this year for the first of a series of four shows by the Shen Yun Performing Arts company from New York. In the audience were Ms. Rosieh Khalaj and Ms. Fatemeh Mohammadi, manager and manager's assistant of a beauty institute in Iran. Ms. Khalaj felt happy after attending the show.
“I feel that the traditional culture of China is something that really comes from the heart,” she said.
Ms. Mohammadi said that the show was like facing the highest truth.
“There must be a Creator, who loves us, who supports and protects us, and who has made this,” Ms. Mohammadi said.
Mr. Ali Ahmadi is a successful businessman from Iran who invests in real estate and is about to open the country's biggest restaurant. He said that Shen Yun gave him a wonderful feeling.
“I wished that it would never end! I think these traditions should be preserved for all time. They should be presented to the whole world,” said Mr. Ahmadi. “I think it should come to Iran, to both strong and weak countries. Everyone should see it. I think it could become a symbol for all religions and all people,” he concluded.
Their host, Mr. Yashar Moradbakhti, who is a development manager of a computer game company in Stockholm, said that his guests had come all the way from Iran because they wanted to see the show. He also gave his own impressions of the performance.
“It was colorful and very beautiful, with good dancers, very young dancers. It had a very good energy and lots of passion, amazing costumes. All in all a good show,” he said.
Reporting by Yvonne Kleberg and Veronica Örfelth.
Shen Yun Performing Arts will perform at the Cirkus Stockholm until April 27. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org