TAIPEI, Taiwan—The New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has achieved overwhelming success, with sold out performances since the first day of its tour in Taiwan. An endless succession of social celebrities has been drawn to the Shen Yun performances. On the afternoon of April 3, two local musicians were in the audience, Tu Xianqing, a violinist and a violist, and pianist Lin Qiuling.
At the National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall the orchestra is able to be seen and is not "invisible" in the orchestra pit. The sight and sound of the live orchestral music was not missed by these two musicians. Tu Xianqing remarked on the high standard achieved by the Shen Yun International Company Orchestra. “It’s never something easy to achieve.” Lin Qiuling also enjoyed the live orchestral music that brings together instruments spanning East and West. He said, “Very good music. One can see the coordination between the dance and the music. Apart from Western instruments, I see that Chinese instruments are the dominant solo instruments. The music is very special, being specifically designed.”
Tu Xianqing, who was seeing classical Chinese dance the first time, said, “Very good, very refreshing, very special, a pleasant change. Gorgeously costumed, the dancers dance excellently!” He found the program, The Monkey King Outwits Pigsy, very entertaining and said the opening program, When Kings Followed The Creator To The Earth, was very impressive.
Likewise, Lin Qiuling felt dazzled by the female dancers’ costumes and the splendor created by each step of the gorgeously costumed dancers. “Really, really very beautiful, particularly when they circle!” Both musicians described Shen Yun as “excellent.”
Lin Qiuling also commented on the hi-tech dynamic backdrops. “Very excellent backdrop scenes. They [the dancers] are able to enter and vanish, then flying onto the scene; the transition is terrific!”
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org