TAIPEI, Taiwan—”Our families come for the show each year. Really great,” said Su Kang, a lawyer.
Shen Yun presented its fifth performance in Taipei on the afternoon of April 6. Among the audience members were lawyer Wu Tien-Hui, honorary adviser of Women’s Federation for World Peace, his wife, Su Kang, and his daughter.
The couple are loyal Shen Yun fans, “We read the report on Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je praising Shen Yun as excellent. I also [consider] it Excellent!” Attending the performance with her daughter, Ms. Kang said.
Impressed with Shen Yun’s dance skills, Mr. Wu said, “Taking a closer look, I found their movements synchronized, never an easy task.”
Ms. Kang said, “Besides synchronized movements, Shen Yun displays perseverance and power as if it is teaching us we will succeed if we work as hard as Shen Yun.”
Mr. Wu added, “Each movement of Shen Yun’s appears excellent—it is a result of endless efforts.”
“We often say, ‘Where there is a will, there is a way,’ Shen Yun leads me to believe in the saying.”
He said watching Shen Yun could bring us optimism.
Dancer: Touched by Commitment of Shen Yun Dance Artists
Liu Li-Li, a renowned dancer and head of Liu Lily Dance Group, attended Shen Yun the second time on the evening of April 6 and was impressed with the synchronicity of Shen Yun. “They have their movements synchronized. In my opinion, it is never easy.” “Dance performers display excellent skills, in perfect combination with animated backdrops, to stun audiences, apart from good music.”
Ms. Liu said, “I have also learned Chinese dance. Besides classical Chinese dance, Shen Yun also presents a multitude of special meanings.”
An important component of classical Chinese dance is its attention to a dancer’s inner spirit and his or her ability to convey deep emotional expressions.
Impressed with commitment of the dancers, she said, “Of course, dance skills of Shen Yun performers are at a high standard, with each of them displaying their expertise.”
She said, “Hope that everyone can come to watch Shen Yun.”
‘I am glad that there is Shen Yun’
Dr. Sunney I. Chan didn’t want to miss Shen Yun’s first performance in Taipei this year and the performance didn’t disappoint him. After the performance, he talked about how Shen Yun restored spiritual values in the Chinese culture and said, “I am glad that there is Shen Yun.”
Dr. Sunney I Chan is a world renowned expert in MRI spectrum and cell membrane structure. He became a fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2010 and a fellow of International Academy of Natural Sciences since 2011.
Shen Yun, ‘Artists tell great stories’
This is Dr. Chan’s first time seeing Shen Yun perform. He was most impressed with the soprano Geng Haolan, “Her voice is amazing.” He also liked the story-based dances, “The artists tell great stories. They coordinated perfectly with other elements on the stage.”
Dr. Chan was impressed with the orchestra and said, “The Chinese traditional music is a perfect outcome of thousands of years of refining. Shen Yun presented it with instruments from both East and West make the music more attractive. This kind of music then brings out the best of the dancing on stage.”
Music is Dr. Chan’s favorite pastime. He said he enjoyed the “erhu, it sounds marvelous both solo and with other instruments. It’s very hard to make erhu and piano sound so well together. It requires delicate balance yet Shen Yun’s orchestra made it should so pleasant and harmonious.”
Established in 2006 by a group of overseas artists, Shen Yun has set out on a mission to revive 5,000 years of civilization, in particular the spirituality that was part of China’s divinely inspired culture.
Dr. Chan was touched that Shen Yun included the traditional values, like good-versus-evil, presented in the stories told through Shen Yun’s story-dances.
“The stories tell people the importance of spiritual values and how it can better people’s lives. Currently what the Chinese people are missing now are the spiritual values of their culture,” he said.
Shen Yun ‘Absolutely worth seeing!’
It was Dr. Simon M. Sze’s first time watching Shen Yun’s performance. He had a bright smile on his face after the show, “Brilliant! I adore it!”
Based in New York, Shen Yun was established by artists from around the world to revive 5,000 years of Chinese civilization. “This is absolutely worth seeing,” he said.
Dr. Sze is one of the leading authorities in semiconductor development and a fellow of the most prestigious research institute Academia Sinica in Taiwan. He was impressed with the echoing effect on and behind the stage. “I have never seen such an intriguing design. The minute an image showed up in the background projection, an artist with continuing action appeared on the stage,” he explained.
Shen Yun presents classical Chinese dance, an orchestra comprised of both Chinese and Western instruments, vocal soloists, and colorful backdrops and costumes, all in one evening.
“Shen Yun is truly one of the best in my opinion. I have seen many performances in other countries and Shen Yun definitely comes to the top,” he praised.
“The colors on the costumes so please the eyes and the music is unique yet exceptional. Every scene and every program is enchanting.”
‘We bought the most expensive tickets’
Dr. Lee Hung-Hsi expectations were exceeded on the evening of April 4. “Such a magnificent performance is hard to come by now. Really, Shen Yun is unexpectedly good!” said Dr. Lee after the performance.
Dr. Lee is an honorary law professor at National Taiwan University, the most prestigious university in Taiwan, and a former presidential adviser. He is a leading figure in Taiwan’s Constitution.
“I have always liked traditional Chinese culture since I was little, including the music, poems and the arts in Dunghuang grottoes. I often wonder whether someone could present this type of culture in an art form. Later I learned about Shen Yun and have been wanting to come.”
“We bought the most expensive tickets and the money is well spent!”
Through dance, song, and live orchestral music, the performance brings to life legends and heroes from China’s long and rich history.
“From the programs I saw the dances from thousands of years ago. The artists and the choreography naturally expressed the deeper meanings of the stories,” Dr. Lee said.
“The performance brings out the essence of thousands of years of Chinese culture and the uniqueness in many dynasties. It’s such a rare gem.”
Dr. Lee is an renowned expert in Constitution Law and a political commentator. He is a guest researcher of Legal and Political Studies of Tokyo University. He’s published many book about judicial and constitutional reform and held many television talk shows.
Reporting by Amy Hsu, Li Yun, Long Fang, Song Yann-Ni and Lin Hsin-Yi
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