NAGOYA, Japan—“The performance is majestic! It’s really spectacular. The deep meaning that the show delivered brought me many emotions. This is excellent,” said Mr. Takano Yoshiharu, the president of Bibarche.
Bibarche is a cocktail club and has several cocktail bars in Nagoya. Mr. Takano has won several Japan cocktail competitions.
After attending Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Aichi Prefectural Art Theater in Nagoya on Jan. 30, Mr. Takano said he felt very happy.
“The female dancers are very elegant, and they danced very gracefully. Their costumes are gorgeous. The costumes flew in the air following the dancers’ movements. It’s breathtaking!” he said. “The male dancers are very powerful and forceful. They danced valiantly. The style is very unique.”
Mr. Takano was impressed by the coordination of various aspects of Shen Yun.
“The colors are saturated. The connection and interactions between the dance and the animated backdrop are seamless. And the cooperation between the dance and live orchestra is perfect in how each complements each other,” he said.
Mr. Takano said Shen Yun showed him a world that he had never experienced. He felt the story-based dances were meaningful.
“The dances delivered traditional Chinese values and virtues. I deeply felt these messages,” he said. “I enjoyed these values. I believe many others have the same feeling.”
The China Mr. Takano knew was the one in which the ruling communist party doesn’t allow people to have any beliefs, and people don’t follow traditional moral codes.
”I saw a real China from Shen Yun,” he said.
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, virtues like loyalty, propriety, wisdom, justice, and benevolence—values that are universal and shared the world over.
‘My Heart Is Full of Joy’
“I’m very happy to attend Shen Yun. My heart is full of joy now,” said Mr. Hibino Akihiro, the president of a subsidiary of a famous Japanese automobile company.
“The dancers’ presentations are very impressive. They are awesome,” he said. “The sound of the erhu (two-stringed Chinese instrument) is very special. I love it.”
Mr. Ito Tatsunori, a former department manager of an auto parts manufacturer, enjoyed Shen Yun’s dynamic backdrop.
“When the curtain first opened, I saw a palace in heaven. Suddenly, the dancers inside the palace landed on the stage,” he said. “I have never seen a performance like this. The backdrop and stage connect with each other, which is great!”
Mr. Ito said all Shen Yun stories are very interesting, and “the live orchestra is very professional. I was moved by their music.”
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 Want to Attend Again’
Mr. Suzuki Susumu is the president of a furniture manufacturer in Nagano Prefecture. He wanted to attend Shen Yun since first saw a Shen Yun online commercial years ago, but the tickets were all sold out when he tried to buy them.
This year, he booked the tickets in advance and drove hours to attend the show.
“The dances are magnificent. The dancers’ skills are extraordinary,” he said. “The live orchestra is formidable. Their music is pleasant to the ears. I think they are perfect!”
Mr. Suzuki enjoyed the show very much, and said he can’t wait to attend again.
Shen Yun Performing Arts World Company finished its performances this season in Japan on Jan. 30. Next, the group will tour in South Korea’s Busan, Gumi, and Seoul in February before visiting Taiwan.
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.