TAIPEI, Taiwan—On April 20, National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, the performance venue for the three add-on shows by Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company, bustled with unusual excitement, emitting an atmosphere that reminded everyone of spring’s arrival. Theater attendants were busy showing audience members to their seats. Many Chinese tourists, speaking in non-local accents, were looking forward with curiosity to seeing Shen Yun’s beautiful artistic display.
Also seen in the auditorium were technology tycoons from the Hsinchu Science and Industrial Park, Taiwan’s Silicon Valley. At intermission, they chatted with each other in a relaxed and comfortable environment, having already been witness to Shen Yun’s splendor.
Accompanied by friends, Mr. Robert H.C. Tsao, Honorary Chairman of UMC (United Microelectronics Corporation), one of the leading wafer fabrication companies in Taiwan, was seen in the group of technology tycoons. In an interview during intermission, he praised Shen Yun’s artistic achievement, saying, “Music, costume and dancing skills are all excellent. The video variation on the dynamic backdrop is particularly interesting.”
Mr. Tsao’s passion for and superb taste in art collections is well-known. After viewing the first half of the performance, he observed that Shen Yun’s collocation of the various aspects of the performance achieved great harmony. He said, “The coloring, movements, choreography, and the collocation between music and dances are all nicely tailored. The dynamic backdrop also seamlessly links the actor on the stage and the virtual scene in the video.”
In addition to the state-of-the-art backdrop, Mr. Tsao also expressed admiration for the live music accompaniment provided by the Shen Yun Orchestra, which combines Western and Chinese musical instruments. He emphasized that Shen Yun’s live music could not be matched by the acoustic effects of any regular commercial performance. “The live music accompaniment is great. As it is not pre-recorded, it is particularly euphonic to the ears. Furthermore, the audience can see the dancing performance and enjoy the live music at the same time.”
When told that the Shen Yun performance was named by a Canada’s city mayor as the navigator for the renaissance of Chinese culture in the 21st century, Mr. Tsao said, “Excellent! That is excellent!” to echo the Canadian mayor in recognizing Shen Yun’s endeavor in promoting authentic Chinese culture through artistic presentations.
In concluding, Mr. Tsao said that he particularly enjoyed the program Plum Blossom. The steadfast spirit, as represented by the profuse blossoming of plum trees in the cold winter, highly impressed him and he was among the first to stand up and applaud the Shen Yun artists for their magnificent presentation.
Reporting by Li Yuan.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org