President of the Lions’ Club Says Shen Yun ‘So beautiful, so pure, and so benevolent’

April 3, 2013 5:07 am Last Updated: May 10, 2013 3:46 am

CHANGHUA, Taiwan—Ms. Shi Shu-Mei watched Shen Yun’s performance on April 2 and believed that it was the most beautiful performance she has ever seen in her life. “I am so thrilled,” she said. “The beauty I saw came from the artists’ hearts and souls!”

Ms. Shi, 82, was the first female president of the Lions’ Club in northeast Asia. Her husband is the CEO of Chung Mei Pharma.

Sfter seeing the performance for the first time, Ms. Shi was very excited. “It’s the first time in my life that I’ve seen a performance so beautiful, so pure, and so benevolent,” she said. “I feel very fortunate now, and very satisfied.”

Ms. Shi was especially drawn into the close coordination between the artists. “The team work is amazing. There are many of them dancing on the stage but it seemed like only one person was dancing. I see their hearts becoming one. They all moved in such a graceful, elegant manner,” she explained.

 The colors also had a great impression on her. “The colors were brilliant and dazzling,” she added. “The matching of the colors was creative and impressive, very vivid, and charming. The costumes were gorgeous, and the dancing artists were like celestial maidens descending from heaven.”

“I love the music; I truly enjoyed it. It was soft and gentle, yet lively,” she said. “It lightened me up. I would like to buy their CDs.”

“The voice of the soloists were perfect. I am speechless,” Ms. Shi concluded. “I feel great right now—I am so happy and excited!”

‘I think it is a terrific performance’

Ms. Yu Yueh-Shuo made it to Shen Yun’s last performance in Taiwan on April 2. Ms. Yu is the director of the Hanshin Chinese Folk Dance Group and has been teaching dance for 30 years. She won the Culture Exchange Contribution Award from the National Dance Association of ROC.

She has been watching Shen Yun for the past couple years because “I think it is a terrific performance, and I have benefited so much from it.”

Ms. Yu also said that Shen Yun has brought her a brand new sensation each year. “It is an eye-opening surprise every year. The 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture has benefited the people in Taiwan,” she said. “As a professional dancer, I’ve learned and gained a lot from every performance. Shen Yun is a dream group for me. It combines classics and technology and is always refreshing.”

“Through watching Shen Yun—the classical dancing, ethnic dancing, and the variety of colorful culture—it allows me to understand the 5,000 years of cultural background,” she added. “It’s both an education and a cultural heritage for me.”

Ms. Yu believes that everyone has a place in their heart that respects divine beings. “If we believe and have a kind heart, the divine beings will help us—just like in Shen Yun’s stories,” she said.

“It’s so wonderful that there is a righteous kind of belief among people.”

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Reporting by Tsai-Wen Huang, Chih-Ta Chen and Hsin-Yi Li

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