LUDWIGSBURG, Germany—An enthusiastic audience greeted the opening performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts on April 20 at Ludwigsburg's Forum am Schlosspark.
Ludwigburg, is a small baroque town, about 12 kilometers from Stuttgart, the capital of the German state Baden Wurttemberg, which houses Germany's largest baroque palace.
For the first time, many in that town and those who came from Stuttgart and other surrounding cities, saw a unique Chinese show different from any performance they had seen before.
The audience showed its response with enthusiastic applause.
Ms. Margarete von Beckerath, born into a German aristocratic family, who in every day life is a foreign language teacher, bought a ticket to the show after someone enthusiastically told her about the show.
"This is the first time I have seen such a show. I was deeply impressed, especially as the show presents to the audience values which are apparently no longer practiced in China," Ms. von Bekerath said.
In her opinion, "It was a wonderful show that brought deep emotion to its audience."
Her friend, Mr. Hinderleider, a retired eurhythmy teacher, said that he was speechless when watching the Shen Yun show.
Eurhythmy is an artistic dance form, which was first brought out by Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian writer and philosopher. It teaches rhythm and is mainly taught at Waldorf schools.
He especially was impressed concerning the scenes depicting the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China.
"I'm glad that the persecution scenes depicting Falun Gong practitioners was presented in such an artistic manner," he said. Falun Gong is a peaceful practices of exercises and meditation, which has been persecuted by the communist regime since 1999.
He said he had read a lot about the persecution in the newspaper The Epoch Times.
"Anything you see on Internet about Chinese culture is westernized. For me, it is of great importance to see true Chinese culture. This performance represents true Chinese culture in every scene and every presentation. To me this is very impressive, especially as it also included the different ethnic groups."
For this audience member, "the show was artistic and did not moralize. This is what I deeply appreciated."
When saying goodbye, he said, "This is the third time I have seen the Shen Yun show. The past two years I saw the show in Frankfurt. But, I hope it will come to this city next year."
Reporting by Nina Hamrle and Heide B. Malhotra
Shen Yun Performing Arts will perform next in Stockholm, Sweden and Vienna, Austria. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org