Radio Program Host: Shen Yun ‘Enlightens my mind’

April 23, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015

Dr. Zhang Shixian, secretary-general of The Friends of Hongkong and Macau Association. (Huang Caiwen/The Epoch Times)
Dr. Zhang Shixian, secretary-general of The Friends of Hongkong and Macau Association. (Huang Caiwen/The Epoch Times)
TAIPEI, Taiwan—Even though April 20 was not a holiday, the second additional show of Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company was attended with a full-house audience.

Dr. Zhang Shixian, secretary-general of The Friends of Hongkong and Macau Association who also hosts a radio program “Cross-Strait Forum” at Fu-Hsing Broadcasting Station, watched the New York-based show.

After the show, Mr. Zhang said Shen Yun performance created peaceful atmosphere and novel music collocated by Chinese and Western musical instruments. He said, “Shen Yun’s original creativity enlightens my mind.”

Using traditional Chinese culture as the source material for art creation, Shen Yun performance is an artistic presentation through Chinese classical dance and folk dances.

Mr. Zhang indicated that Shen Yun’s artistic presentation made him feel extremely peaceful, “The presentation has been tender and harmonious. The overall composition is brisk and crispy, making it amazingly smooth in conveying the connotation.”

Accompanied by Shen Yun International Company Orchestra, whose successful collocation of Chinese and Western musical instruments created music with a strong Chinese flavor, the exquisite Chinese classical dancing gave a uniquely fresh perception to Mr. Zhang.

He praised, “It is a very special combination. The dancing dramas performed in Shen Yun are all well-known Chinese folk stories. Collocated with music of Chinese flavor, the combination is an outstanding creation.”

Shen Yun interprets Chinese culture and also reflects the current human rights situations in mainland China.

Referring to Falun Gong practitioners’ steadfast belief even under the illegal, brutal persecution by the Chinese communist regime, he said, “I think if you have read the book Zhuan Falun and understand the true meaning of Dafa, you will echo Shen Yun’s appeal deeply from your heart.”

Holding a doctoral degree, Mr. Zhang is not a Falun Gong practitioner, but he has read “Zhuan Falun.” His master thesis analyzed China’s social control using Falun Gong as an example.

Mr. Zhang said, “Shen Yun interprets Falun Dafa’s spiritual principles of ‘Truthfulness, Compassion, Tolerance’ through artistic presentation. I think this is a perfect way of interpretation. The performance feels so peaceful.”

Mr. Zhang concluded this art feast with a short remark, saying “Shen Yun’s original creativity enlightens my mind.”

Reporting by Huang Caiwen.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org