TAIPEI, Taiwan–On the evening of April 21, 2011, many elected officials and business owners, people from art and literary circles, and senior media executives attended the Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company’s last show in its Taiwan tour at the Taipei National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall.
One of the audience members was Hua-sen (pen name), a veteran journalist who used to run a magazine. He explained how Shen Yun’s performance would cause audiences to both reflect, and also be boosted in spirit.
“It is very good. I see the show whenever it comes,” said Hua-sen, who has watched Shen Yun three times. “The dancing is great, and I appreciate it very much.”
Hua-sen also praised the choreography for its vivid, authentic and profound representation of various Chinese ethnic dances, which made him feel homesick.
“I have a good mood especially after watching Herding on the Grasslands. It displays the vigorous spirit of our prairie. For people who came to Taiwan from Mainland China in 1949, like me, I was 16 at that time, really become … homesick.”
Hua-sen used to run an entertainment magazine with friends in Taiwan when he was young. He was editor and president of “Stars Pictorial” (Ming Hsing Hua Pao). Having observed the gradual change in Taiwanese society, he was impressed by the unity of heaven and mankind portrayed in the divinely-imparted culture from Shen Yun’s performance. The songs by the solo vocalists were a marvelous example, he said, particularly the lyrics.
“After hearing it, we, the audience, are able to understand some ideas about what should be done in our lives, what is righteous, and how to correct wrong notions.”
“After watching this program, the audience are boosted, and feel refreshed.” The performance urges people to reflect on the meaning of life, he explained, “Simply put, Shen Yun’s spirit is a morale booster to corrupt human notions in contemporary Taiwan society! It is very helpful, very helpful to improve the spirit in our current lives.”
Reporting by Huang Caiwen.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org