TOKYO, Japan—Katsuhito Takahashi has become more than a loyal fan of Shen Yun Performing Arts. He invited 60 friends to come along for his second experience with the performance, and he plans to be back again next year with more people.
“It was complete enjoyment for my soul and mind,” said Mr. Katsuhito, president of Heisei Sougo Corporation and a member of Tokyo Employers’ Association, after seeing the performance at New National Theatre Opera Palace on April 24.
Mr. Katsuhito was amazed at the animated backdrop, which gave him a feeling as if he was right there at the scene. In addition, he was astonished by the seemingly perfect coordination between the orchestra and the beautiful dances.
“With state-of-the-art graphics technology, Shen Yun’s digital-backdrop team creates vividly animated settings, extending the stage and transporting the audience to a world where heaven and earth are one,” according to Shen Yun’s Website.
“The dancers tell the story perfectly with their facial expressions,” said Mr. Katsuhito, adding it was such a treat to see how the female dancers were elegant and powerful at the same time.
Mr. Takahashi hoped that more people would have the opportunity to appreciate the essence of the authentic Chinese culture as presented by Shen Yun. “It should be promoted to the entire world so that more people can get an insight into it,” he said. “In particular, Shen Yun brings about a significant cultural exchange between the China and Japan.”
Knowing that Shen Yun celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, Mr. Takahashi said, “This is an important milestone, and I hope Shen Yun can continue to keep up the excellent work.”
Perfection of Art
A first-time viewer of Shen Yun, Onoe Hiromi, a dance teacher and founder of Wafure Kimono Fashion Company, was enthralled by what she saw on April 24.
“It was truly wonderful! The skill of these dancers is perfection at its best. And they conveyed such vitality and energy through their movements and facial expressions,” Ms. Onoe said.
As a dancer, she quickly pointed out how effortless the dancers seemed to be with even difficult moves. “They have undergone rigorous training,” she added.
According to Shen Yun’s website, classical Chinese dance entails systematic training in movements and postures, as well as very difficult jumping and tumbling techniques.
“The overall stage design is an exquisite perfection of art. I could sense an overwhelming energy coming from it,” Ms. Onoe said. What’s more, she added, the costumes were unlike anything she had seen, with its rich and vibrant colors.
“The costumes were very gorgeous and appealing and there are many contrasting colors,” she said.
Shen Yun costumes are all original designs and handmade, displaying a spectacle from different time periods and settings in China.
Inspired by what she saw, while feeling touched by the movements of the dancers, Ms. Onoe said she was motivated to improve as a dancer.
“I will, from the bottom of my heart, work harder and adjust my mindset toward dancing.”
With reporting by Billy Shyu
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit Shen Yun Performing Arts.
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