LUDWIGSBURG, Germany—For the second time this year, Shen Yun Performing Arts artists honored Germany with their performances, this time stopping on April 20th. This was the first time, however, that Shen Yun artists honored the Forum am Schlosspark in the southern German town Ludwigsburg.
Ludwigsburg, about 12 kilometers from Stuttgart, the capital of the state Baden-Wurttemberg, is noted for having Germany's largest Baroque castle, which was built by Duke Eberhard Ludwig von Wurttemberg.
Among those attending the show was Ms. Annette Schavan, Germany's Federal Minister of Education and Research. She enjoyed the show that brought to Ludwigsburg traditional Chinese culture through dance, music, and song.
Also attending was Ms. Angelika Schlondorff, a film editor. She said, "I enjoyed the show tremendously. I can truly tell you that from deep within my heart."
Mr. Volker Schlondorff, Angelika's husband and an Oscar award recipient, had traveled six hours to see Shen Yun perform. He said, "I came to a city I had never seen before, and I have absolutely no regrets. It was such a diverse show. It was deeply emotional and fascinating."
Mr. Bernd-Olaf Fiebrandt, another attendee, stopped for a moment to say, "I'm thrilled to have been in the audience. It was marvelous. Absolutely fantastic! It touched me deeply. I was impressed with the choreography, and the precision of the dances. So much emotion emanated from this show."
Painter Ms. Heidi Harde enjoyed Shen Yun as much as everyone else in the audience.
"The show represents beauty and was unearthly. The evil plays its part, and is so human and so debase. It tortures and then in the end the evil dies. But, the beauty, the goodness remains through eternity," Ms. Harde said.
She said that although she is a born-again Christian, the show told her about Buddha and Jesus. Before leaving, she said, "Goodness is stronger than evil."
Reporting by Alexander M. Hamrle and Heide B. Malhotra
Shen Yun Performing Arts will perform next in Stockholm, Sweden, and then in Vienna, Austria. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org