NAPLES, Italy—H.R.H. Princess Béatrice Marie Caroline Louise Françoise of Bourbon-Two Sicilies understands the importance of history and legacy. As Grand Chancellor of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George and part of the Napoleon Imperial House of France by marriage, Princess Béatrice has a special place in her heart for history and tradition.
As such, when she heard Shen Yun Performing Arts would be gracing the stage of the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Italy, she was thrilled to see it again after having already been acquainted with the New York-based classical Chinese dance company in Paris.
“I’m very happy to find it here in this wonderful place that is the San Carlo Theatre, which for me is the most beautiful theater in the world,” she said during a performance on Jan 10, 2020. “Here too there is a lot of history, here too there are many things that are the history of traditions and the history of a country.”
Seeing Shen Yun was an uplifting experience, she explained.
“Wonderful! The colors, the ease of dancing, a wonderful thing,” she said.
“There is a fantastic energy!” she added. “You can see that they want to pass on a message and this message is very important.”
For the princess, it was a message of the values and traditions of a 5,000-year-old heritage that was once nearly lost. Traditional Chinese culture is a divinely inspired one, rife with values and virtues like loyalty, kindness, and integrity in its stories and histories.
“The values and history of a country I think is important for young people too,” the princess added. “Young people need to know history and have all these things, to know them and to be able to practice them.”
“The messages are very important, I would say,” Princess Béatrice said. The program notes that the artists themselves have taken a page from ancient China and live their lives by the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance.
“I think they believe it and want it to pass on to you, and you can see their energy,” Princess Béatrice said.
Joy and Harmony
Also in the audience that night was Angioletta de Goyzueta, president of the association Friends of San Carlo Theatre.
“This show is graceful, beautiful because it makes you really feel like you’re flying and looking into the sky,” de Goyzueta said, describing the way the Shen Yun dancers used their flowing costumes as props, sending brilliant fabrics flying and fluttering into the air.
“It really is of an extraordinary beauty; very, very beautiful,” de Goyzueta said.
Angioletta de Goyzueta found in Shen Yun a sense of elevation that resonated deeply.
“I have to say I [relate] a lot, because what it wants to transmit is this elevation towards Heaven and towards the Cosmos, and therefore I share [this idea] a lot because I am one who love very much this discourse of the beyond, and it seems to me that this show speaks about what is not only the here and there, but the Heavens and therefore it is very much, through all these movements, brings up very close to this cosmic dimension,” de Goyzueta said.
The ancient Chinese believed in harmony between heaven, earth, and humankind. Through some 20 vignettes, Shen Yun performs classical Chinese dance pieces including stories from ancient myths and legends—like that of the Creator coming to establish 5,000 years of civilization—as well as glimpses into specific dynasties and ethnicities.
This sense of harmony moved de Goyzueta’s keen sense of aesthetics and spirit.
“It is an extraordinary harmony, because beauty is basically harmony, and they convey this beautiful harmony, so thank you very much for bringing us this show because it was really a joy to see it and participate,” de Goyzueta said, adding gratitude for the artists.
With reporting by NTD Television.