NEUCHATEL, Switzerland—After receiving a warm welcome in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, Shen Yun Performing Arts Company arrived in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, to perform four shows, May 13 -16, at the Passage Theatre.
French is the language spoken in this lovely Swiss village located at the edge of Lake Neuchâtel, at the foot of the Jura mountains.
From this town, known for biotech and nanotechnology, the view of the Alps brings a charm today as surely as it did when its other signature industry—Swiss timepieces—represented the cutting edge of modern technology.
If time has not stood still in Neuchâtel, one can only say that is a good thing, for its march and progress have brought the world’s most premiere Chinese theater company right to its doorstep.
On Thursday, May 13, the Passage Theatre was packed for the opening night performance of Shen Yun. The public was truly in awe. Spontaneous ovations burst forth during each of Shen Yun’s individual sets.
Among the spectators was Annette Geuggis, owner of a wedding boutique which carries her name in Cortaillod, near Neuchâtel. By way of introduction, she explained the impact of her boutique. "Everyone knows who I am. I sell happiness—I sell dresses and costumes for dreams,” she said.
With her eye for elaborate and fine clothing, Ms. Geuggis commented on what she saw tonight at Shen Yun: “I am touched by the costumes that I saw here. When one sees the details of these costumes—all the details have been looked after—all are very well finished, the colors and the forms.”
Furthermore, Ms. Geuggis was touched by the authenticity of Shen Yun. "I was in China twenty years ago. That warmed my heart when I heard this [Shen Yun] music. The dances, the costumes—all are splendid! I congratulate the dancers. It is simply magnificent."
For Georges and Mirella Prebandier, from Cormondrèche, which is slightly further down the shore and inland from Neuchâtel, the show was a complete surprise.
“It’s the first time that we have attended a Chinese show,” said Mr. Prebandier, an engineer. “We are enchanted by the performances of the artists, the color of the décor and the professionalism of the artists that one could see this evening. It is magnificent, we now keep a marvelous memory with us – colors fill the eyes!
Mr. Prebandier’s wife Mirella said, “A true joy for the spirit—very light, very fresh, truly marvelous! Still a little magic in this grey world”.
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