KEELUNG, Taiwan—”The coordination between the entire stage design (animated backdrops) and performers was perfect. It’s really amazing! How could it be possible to have such a seamless coordination?” exclaimed Mr. Lin Huang-kuen, famous director and principal executive board member of Taiwan Cultural & Creative Association (TCCA) and CEO of the Zheng Hao Video Records Limited, after he saw the Shen Yun show at the Keelung Cultural Center along with his wife on April 1.
Lin Huang-kuen is a gifted artist. In addition to winning Golden Horse Award for Best Screenplay and Golden Bell Award for Best screenwriter, he is also writes lyrics. The lyrics of many popular songs sung by iconic Taiwanese singer Teresa Teng were written by Lin Huang-kuen. He has written the lyrics for over 1,000 songs and has written over 100 plays.
Very Educational and Beautiful
“What is most commendable is the music. Western orchestral symphony is even blended with traditional Chinese music so perfectly. It’s indeed a perfect fusion of East and West,” said Mr. Lin. He continued, “In terms of the traditional Chinese music in the show, including erhu, flute and other Chinese musical instruments are played exceptionally well.”
Fascinated by the erhu performance, he praised, “Wonderful! Regardless of whether it’s a high-pitch sound or a low-pitch sound, there are variations in every tone. Wow! It’s indeed marvelous.”
“The performance of erhu is full of emotion, and the performer is very dedicated. The entire show is amazingly beautiful. In particular, the synchronization of the animated backdrops and the dances is flawless. It’s unbelievable. I’ve never seen this kind of performance,” said Mrs. Lin.
“It’s very educational and very beautiful. I’ll definitely come back to see the show next year.” “It’s really worthwhile to be here today,” the couple concluded.
Really Very Touching!
Mr. Chen Wancheng, director of Keelung Xiong Yun Performing Troupe and honorary director of Keelung Woodpecker Singers Choir, spoke highly of Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company’s performance on April 1. “It’s really very touching.”
Having been principal of junior and high schools as well as president of Community University in Keelung, Chen Wancheng was moved by Shen Yun’s objective of reviving 5,000 years of Chinese culture. He said, “Shen Yun’s performance includes historic legends and myths, with the connotations of traditional Chinese culture and morality. It will by all means have positive impact on the society.”
In praise of the belief in the principles of truthfulness, compassion and tolerance, he said, “To help people stay away from evil and return to virtue, we need the power of truthfulness, compassion and tolerance.”
Admiring Shen Yun’s artistic values, Mr. Chen said, “Shen Yun’s artistic level is very high. Such a high standard performance is hard to come by. It’s indeed not easy.”
Having participated in various choirs for over 40 years, Mr. Chen highly commended Shen Yun Performing Arts Orchestra combining Western and Easter musical instruments. He said, “It has made a breakthrough.”
“It’s really very touching. The overall arrangement, choreography and the color of costumes are wonderful. Especially, with its mission of promoting traditional Chinese culture, I think Shen Yun’s performance and value are indeed what the society really need,” he concluded.
“Every performer is the best of the best,” praised Mr. Chen Yung-Mo, who is a well-known painting artist whose works are highly acclaimed by Hong Kong Sotheby’s and Christie’s Hong Kong.
Shen Yun also features several accomplished vocalists who use the bel canto technique.
Impressed with vocalists’ breathtaking performance, Chen Yung-Mo noted, “The soprano’s voice is very loud and clear.”
Chen Yung-Mo admired Shen Yun dancers’ tremendous achievements very much. He mentioned, “In view of the fact that difficult dancing movements are performed perfectly at ease, they (dancers) would have gone through rigorous training. Seeing the show would be of much benefit to those who are learning dancing.”
“The entire show is so pure that it can purify our souls. Performers’ faces are full of compassion. It’s indeed a show with sincerity, compassion and beauty. Shen Yun performing Arts’ contribution is not merely the artistic performance that we can see on the surface. Instead, it has more profound meanings,” Mr. Chen stressed.
Reporting by Dai Deman, Long Fang, Chu Xiaojen and Billy Shyu
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