MELBOURNE, Australia—”I was touched, my heart and soul were touched, and the beauty and the culture just came to me, ” said Mrs. Csilla Schild when she saw Shen Yun Performing Arts at Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre on Feb. 21.
“I cried, I can tell you!” she said.
A childcare worker, Mrs. Schild, who came with her daughter also called Csilla Schild, is originally from Hungary. She said she had a distant ancestral connection with China and felt a spiritual connection with Shen Yun.
“It was so amazing! It’s really, really, really good, I will come again,” she said.
“The culture, the beauty, the religion, the monks, the monkeys—all of them so lovely, so lovely. The girls, the beauty, the grace … ” she enthused grappling for words to describe her experience.
Based in New York, Shen Yun has a mission to revive the divinely inspired traditional Chinese culture almost brought to extinction under communist rule. Shen Yun is roughly translated as divine beings dancing on stage and many audience members describe feeling a spiritual connection with the performance. Mrs. Schild was no exception.
“I feel that as a religious person, I believe in God and I see [in the performance] that strong and deep belief in the God,” she said.
“There is too many words that come from my heart. It came from the heart, art, super extraordinary movement, ancient, history, religion and full of feelings—love.”
She felt Shen Yun gave hope and inspiration to humanity. She said, “You need to look at each other in the heart … that is the celebration.”
Daughter Ms. Csilla Schild, a library technician, also loved the performance.
“I thought it was absolutely amazing. I loved the costumes just how they moved across the stage like they were floating,” she said.
The Shen Yun website states, “Every costume in a Shen Yun performance is presented with brilliant colors, displaying a splendid spectacle—from the Tang Dynasty’s “Raiment of Rainbows and Feathers” to imperial dragon robes, phoenix coronets, and cloud capes.”
“I loved the music,” Ms. Schild said.
Mrs. Schild said she did too. “So lovely the soprano and the other lady, oh my goodness, tiny little ladies with that big voices, absolutely unbelievable, unbelievable.”
According to the website, “the singer must, while continuing to meet the challenges inherent in bel canto technique, retain proper Chinese pronunciation and diction. Today, these singers’ ability to do this is unparalleled.”
Mrs. Schild continued, “And the little lady with that … [erhu] that’s lovely, two little strings and so many notes and feeling came from that tiny little instrument.”
Ms. Schild agreed with her mother saying, “It was very surprising … I do love music I just want to close my eyes and imagine myself somewhere in China, it was just beautiful.”
“You really got to know the Chinese people through the music and dance. You get to learn a lot and then you understand them better.”
Ms. Schild praised Shen Yun and said the performance was, “Absolutely wonderful, really magical, colourful and exhilarating.”
Reporting by NTD Television and Leigh Smith
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit Shen Yun Performing Arts.
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