Shen Yun Performing Arts returns to Milan for its sixth consecutive year with an all-new 2018 production. The classical Chinese dance and music company aims to give audiences a taste of China’s semi-divine culture.
“A stupendous performance,” said Marquis Pietro Paolo Cavalletti. “The artists have a fantastic internal power.”
“It’s a performance that has something behind it. It’s not just a superficial performance that you just went for the dances and left,” said Marquess Inge Cavalletti.“I think it’s a show that makes us talk about it. I think that what Shen Yun is doing is important and special.”
“Here I see that you give a lot of importance to the spiritual aspect of the human being, which is a rare thing now,” said Daniela Javarone, president of the “Amici della lirica” (Friends of opera) Association. She was also awarded the title of “Knight” of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, and is a philanthropist and PR manager. “Because, unfortunately, we are heading more and more toward the materiality of people, forgetting that we are not only made of flesh and bone. But there is something more important within us, which sustains us and helps us to live.”
According to its website, Shen Yun means “the beauty of divine beings dancing.” In ancient China, music and dance were originally used to give thanks to and praise the divine.
Audiences were touched by the spiritual aspect of the performance, in particular, the artists’ embodiment of virtues such as compassion and kindness through the mini-drama pieces.
“I think there is absolutely something very spiritual and deep. I think that art and beauty are always spiritual,” said Silvia Chiodin, an author and director. “And this show expresses this concept the best way possible.”
“It is important that this culture stays alive and it is important because it gives us a new starting point to review our own cultures, our Western traditions,” said Antonio Fortarezza, a documentary director. “It teaches to pay attention and to give importance to our tradition, our origin, our tradition.”
“It gives you a sense of sweetness and harmony. You go home with a heart full of love toward others. It truly gives you serenity. The message is positive, certainly positive. Keep on going! Don’t stop. Continue [with Shen Yun shows] because yours is not only a show, but a mission that you are carrying out. It is truly precious and admirable. Many compliments, really,” Javarone added.