Painter: ‘When I saw the first scene, I cried’

“When I saw the first scene, I cried, because it reminded me of an exhibition I had in 2016 in Venice. I have done a huge painting of the Green Tara, which is the female Buddha. It is the same color as in the first scene and the same setting, with those things which glow with some flowers and green color. … So when I saw this in the first scene, it just made me cry. It also made my cry because it reminds me of my father who dedicated his life to Chinese medicine and has often been to China.”

“I think the people who see [Shen Yun] may be astounded to see those movements because they are just flowing. … [Shen Yun] may awaken people.”

“The colors are very lively and this is courageous. It is courageous because when you look around you see all those grey buildings that are so depressing to look at it. … The world needs more color, more awareness.”

“I think in the contemporary world, people are so much focused on outside appearances, they forget about the meaningful things that you cannot grasp with hands—they are inside you. And you have to work on yourself; it is totally neglected. People make so much fuss about unnecessary things.”

“The people who are always watching what is going on in the world, they have no clue about who they are, they are missing the most important things.”

“I see all the things [in Shen Yun] that are missing very much in contemporary civilization. Because these movements are free of fear, free of doubt. And this is so important.”

Franca Borgia, painter
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto, Canada
Shen Yun New York Company
January 3, 2018