TAINAN, Taiwan—Famous painting artist Xu Zhaosen watched Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company’s premiere show at Tainan Cultural Center on the afternoon of April 13. After viewing the performance, he praised the show, saying, "The program was so wonderful and touching that I felt like shedding tears … I held back my tears."
"The first program was indeed wonderful, which depicted the scenes of numerous gods reincarnating into sentient beings, including the kings of various dynasties,” said the nearly 80-year-old.
As a painter, Xu Zhaosen has traveled across China to paint natural scenery. Amazed by Shen Yun’s dynamic backdrops, he said, "The scenery on Shen Yun’s backdrops was really exquisite. It displayed the gorgeous scenery in many famous scenic spots in China."
Mr. Xu marveled at the dances performed by Shen Yun. He said, "The dancers’ skills, particularly in the dance Little Mischievous Monks, were really amazing; the Mongolian dance [Herding on the Grasslands] was also very wonderful, and we could see the scenes of herdsmen galloping and eagles flying in the sky."
Xu Zhaosen said that the last program of the show, The Opening of Heaven’s Gates, was very meaningful. "I feel it reflected the Buddhist philosophy that humans can never overcome Mother Nature, so we still need the blessing of the Buddhas and Gods."
Xu Zhaosen had worked with Tainan District Court and the Tenth Credit Cooperative of Tainan as a court reporter and a manager, respectively. Although he is 77 years old, he still maintains a youthful and innocent character. He is famous for his original Chinese ink paintings.
Reporting by Zhou Xun.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org