DAEGU, South Korea—On the afternoon of Feb 16, the Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company’s third show at the Suseong Artpia in Daegu, South Korea, generated an explosive response from the audience, with enthusiastic and extended applause.
It was already the fourth time that Mr. Seong-hwang Jeon, president of the Korean Performing Arts Promotion, had seen Shen Yun. He said, “I have seen Shen Yun many times, and it is truly amazing. Every time I see it, I am deeply moved and come away very satisfied!”
Mr. Jeon said that Shen Yun has a new program and production every year, so the messages conveyed are different each time. But they all made him feel content. He believes that nothing is better than to realize the messages and ideas conveyed by Shen Yun in real life.
“Last year and this year’s programs each have their own distinctive characteristics,” he said. “Audience members can use their own thoughts to interpret and understand the essence of the show. The contents of Shen Yun are really meaningful. There could be nothing better than reflecting these positive messages onto our own lives.”
Jeon believes that the most valuable aspect of Shen Yun is that it adheres to and passes down the traditional cultural and spiritual values that have long been forgotten. “Shen Yun contains the traditional cultural and spiritual values that people in the modern day have long forgotten, and it enlightens them about their importance.”
He believes that Shen Yun has a very positive impact on human society. “From the lyrics of the songs performed by the vocalists, one can feel that Shen Yun teaches people to live truthfully, meaningfully, and compassionately. Shen Yun teaches people how to live.”
Shen Yun ‘Transends Borders’
After seeing Shen Yun, Yeungnam University Professor Kim Myung-Ji said, “’Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance’ transcends borders and racial barriers—the basic value that we should pursue.”
Professor Kim Myung-Ji was accompanied by her husband and children to the show, signifying a sense of harmony among the family members. Impressed with the performance, Professor Kim said: “Through the show I came to contact the Chinese culture for the first time. It’s a very good chance to understand traditional Chinese culture. This is a show that should be recommended to those around us.”
Eager to share her feelings, she added, “Not until I saw the show did I understand its excellence. Performers’ skills reach a very high level. Ancient Chinese legends are presented through music, dance, as well as singing. This is a very outstanding and impressive show.”
With her kids taking much delight in the show, Professor Kim believed that watching Shen Yun provides a good chance to understand the Chinese culture better. “Exposure to stage presentations of culture in their childhood will have a good effect on kids. Particularly with our modern focus on Chinese culture, this kind of show allows kids to contact it.”
Professor Kim said that Shen Yun contains certain spiritual values, enabling audience members to understand these values. She came to understand that Shen Yun’s underlying spirit is in the three words of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance.
“That kind of noble value is still necessary for modern people,” she said. “These basic values, I think even after years or hundreds of years, should be inherited and promoted.”
Reporting by Lee Jisung, Irene Luo and Amy Lien
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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