Shen Yun: ‘This show is somehow transcendental’

April 21, 2011 Updated: April 23, 2011

LUDWIGSBURG, Germany—The New-York based Shen Yun Performing Arts artists presented their closing show on April 21 at the Forum am Schlosspark in the Baroque city Ludwigsburg.

The artists brought to Ludwigsburg China's 5,000 year history, from past to present and in the form of dance, song and music, with the music played by a live orchestra.

Mr. Volker Held, who as a university lector, an associate professor and art historian, has been associated with literature and art throughout his entire career.

"The dances were marvelous and I enjoyed the music. Overall, the show is beautiful and very diversified," he said during the intermission.

Already the first scene made a great impression on Mr. Held.

"This show is somehow transcendental. The question about creation and the beginning of the world, as well the entire creation myth, which is discussed in different forms by different cultures, caught my eyes and ears. Actually this is what I remember best from the first part of the show."

The principles of the spiritual group Falun Gong that is being persecuted in China "Truthfulness, Compassion, Tolerance, impressed me the most, especially when discussed during these times."

'The dance of the Terracotta-army was most impressive'

Before his retirement, Mr. Hugo Greiner, an economist from Esslingen, was employed at the Sueddeutschen Rundfunk (the South German Radio Broadcasting Station). He and his wife attended the Shen Yun show.

"The performance was very impressive," were the first words he said when he stepped into the lobby.

"The dance, the music, just about everything is first class … The dance of the Terracotta-army was most impressive."

He and his wife bought seats up front, so they could hear and see everything clearly.

"We sat close to the orchestra and could see the musicians and the instruments, which was absolutely great."

Mr. Greiner looked at the Shen Yun based in New York and bringing back the arts lost under the long communist rule in China, and so he was emotionally touched by the performance.

"One has to ask oneself when seeing this show, what did communism do to that country. The Chinese culture was already a highly developed culture 2,000 years ago, when we Europeans were still in the barbarian stage. The communists destroyed everything."

Reporting by The Epoch Times Staff Germany and Heide B. Malhotra.

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