Italian Architect Says Shen Yun is ‘Bellisimo’

NEW YORK—Claudio Cantella, a painter and architect from Florence, Italy, described Shen Yun’s Thursday evening performance at Lincoln Center as “Bellisimo,” high praise from an artist living and working in the cradle of Italy’s Renaissance treasures.

Mr. Cantella caught the show while on a short vacation in New York.

“Very beautiful, very interesting show,” he said. “The construction of the performance was great, the use of the dancer, the music, the experience. I am very happy to see this show today.”

Mr. Cantella said the show contained both “innovation and tradition,” referring to Shen Yun’s use of traditional Chinese art forms, and its innovative use of digital displays, in which performers appear to seamlessly interact with projected images.

Musing about the creator of the performance, Mr. Cantella said, “I think he has an idea about the future for China. He wants to bring the message to the people. He has the idea the situation will change in the future. I think it’s an interesting message.”

The Shen Yun website says, “Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales, taking you on a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture. Humanity’s treasure was nearly lost, but through breathtaking music and dance, Shen Yun is bringing back this glorious culture.”

Shen Yun recently finished a tour of a dozen European cities. Mr. Candella said it was a very important show in Europe, but that such a show requires only the biggest theaters to play in. Shen Yun took the stage in Paris at the Palais des Congrès and in London at the Barbican Theatre, among others.

Reporting by Ananda West, NTD Television, and Tim McDevitt

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit

Shen Yun Performing Arts is performing at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center through April 28.

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.