LAUSANNE, Switzerland—Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company received warm applause from the audience at the Theatre de Beaulieu in Lausanne on Saturday, April 16.
Liliane Guinard, who works in the advertising industry and for the press came to Lausanne to see the New York-based company's extravaganza of classical Chinese dance and music.
She was accompanied by her friend Giacomo Carbonara who was equally fascinated by the presentation that has a heart to bring ancient China's true heritage, divinely inspired 5,000 years ago, to the fore.
"It's a wonderful show, so very delicate, sensitive. It's magic," Ms. Guinard said.
Among the many scenes of the show, the ones that moved Ms. Guinard most were the ones that portrayed the persecution of the spiritual discipline of Falun Gong. "It touched me … spoke to me," she said.
She also enjoyed the music very much. Shen Yun's orchestra combined the sounds of ancient Chinese instruments with those of modern Western to produce compositions with new sounds, trademarked by Shen Yun.
"The music really touched me, the instruments and the combination of Western classical with Chinese traditional instruments—it's all truly beautiful," she said.
Mr. Carbonara willingly shared his impressions.
"It's the first time I see something so beautiful," he said. "Beauty in the programs, costumes, lighting, music … All of it, it's really great. As for the message, I think … everyone understood it. This is a message of hope for freedom in China one day. "
As for Ms. Guinard, she summed up Shen Yun as a "discovery" representative of "the beauty of a culture and unfortunately, the oppression that goes with it."
Reporting by Hanna Szmytko
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org