Shen Yun Leaves Heartfelt Memories Behind in Germany

April 21, 2011 Updated: May 1, 2011

LUDWIGSBURG, Germany—The second and final show by Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company in the Forum am Schlosspark on April 21 drew a number of people who had lived in China.

Christel and Horst Raugust were among them, yet what they beheld on Thursday evening was way beyond what they had expected.

When they received an announcement of the forthcoming performance by New York-based Shen Yun, they felt drawn to see the presentation of China’s traditional culture, which is said to have been divinely bestowed.

“We definitely have no regrets. It is absolutely beautiful,” Mr. Raugust said.

His wife was of the same opinion, adding, “This is how the world should be, just as we have been shown tonight. This is my greatest wish. I truly will take much of what I have seen tonight with me in my heart.”

“This show affirms much of what my husband and I are trying to do with our lives. It was beautiful,” she said.

Mrs. Raugust, a former bank employee, said the classical Chinese dance and orchestral music, the visuals, singing, and solo musicians were fascinating: “Everyone should take a piece of this show with him or her tonight, and in reality, this should be the life one lives in China. This is the wish I’m holding in my heart.”

Mr. Raugust, a factory manager, had lived in Shanghai for some time. He had come to see the Shen Yun show without any preconceived notions.

“We said to each other, we want to be surprised. Not only are we surprised, but also fascinated. Wonderful! Without a doubt, I can recommend this show to anyone who loves music, even if just a little bit,” he said. “We are most satisfied. We are so happy to have seen this show.”

Although it had been quite some time since he had been in Shanghai, he said he was not going to sit quietly at home but would write a letter to his interpreter, telling him what he had seen tonight.

“I must tell my interpreter in a letter where I have been, what I have seen and experienced. … Again, it was wonderful and we will take much with us tonight in our minds.”

Mr. Raugust ended by saying, “Someone who loves music and who loves people must see this show. It is such an expressive show.”

Reporting by Qin Huang and Heide B. Malhotra

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