Professor: Shen Yun Makes One ‘Feel nearer to Eastern culture’

April 20, 2014 10:51 pm Last Updated: April 21, 2014 2:57 am

DUBLIN, Ireland—The second and final performance of Shen Yun in Ireland took place at The Convention Centre Dublin on Sunday, April 20.

Mr. Roberto Bertoni, Fellow of Trinity College Dublin and Senior Lecturer at the Department of Italian there, enjoyed the show with his fellow lecturer, Ms. Mina Ricci.

Commenting on the evening’s performance, Mr. Bertoni said, “It’s very good, I enjoyed the skills of the dancers, and also the interaction between east and west, which I found most interesting.”

The history of China and how it was conveyed during the performance proved fascinating for Mr. Bertoni.

Indeed, the Shen Yun website explains that “China was once known as Shen Zhou—The Divine Land. This profound name describes a land where deities and mortals coexisted, and a belief that the divine transmitted a rich culture to the people of the earth. For thousands of years, Buddhist, Taoist, and other disciplines were at the heart of society. Calligraphy, music, medicine, attire, and much more were said to have been passed down from the heavens.”

Mr. Bertoni was also very taken by the digital backgrounds to the stage. “They kept lighting up, it was very clear for the people, us spectators, to know what was going on,” he said.

“It does make one feel nearer to Eastern culture,” said Mr. Bertoni.

Ms. Ricci was also taken by the spectacle and the history. “I very much liked the mythology—it’s always nice to learn about a country and the legends linked to it.”

The digital backdrop, according to Ms. Ricci, was quite nice, as it completed the stage. “I think it was well thought[-out], a good idea.”

Ms. Ricci also commented on the fact that, because the Chinese communist regime does not permit free artistic expression in China, Shen Yun cannot tour there. “I think that that is a pity, I think it would be great if it could tour in China someday,” she said.

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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