CHANGHUA, Taiwan—Shen Yun Performing Arts’ name means “the beauty of divine beings dancing,” and Chen Wei-you, a theatre troupe manager, experienced just how divine Shen Yun was when he attended the performance at the Yuanlin Performing Arts Hall on March 18.
“I was struck by its power as soon as the curtain went up for the first program,” said Mr. Chen, who had seen Shen Yun ten years ago. “It was as though the performers were dancing with the Divine, and I was a part of it,”
Based in New York, Shen Yun was founded in 2006 and is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company. Now with eight equally-sized companies touring the world simultaneously, Shen Yun’s mission is to revive traditional Chinese culture.
“Shen Yun shows the audience what classical Chinese dance is and teaches them about the traditional Chinese spirit,” said Mr. Chen. “A performance like this is closely tied with virtues such as loyalty, filial piety, moral integrity, and righteousness, and is actually a form of education. I think more people need to see classical Chinese dancing and to learn about these things.”
Mr. Chen said that he enjoyed the story-based dances in Shen Yun’s program and appreciated the easy to understand way the stories were told.
“Although I was not familiar with the dance form, I could tell that the dancers really put their hearts into the performance.”
Mr. Chen found Shen Yun’s patented animated backdrop unique and praised Shen Yun’s innovative idea of combining art with technology. He also said that he was deeply touched by Shen Yun’s mission and their promotion of traditional virtues such as respecting the divine.
“To me, the words Shen Yun represent the Divine,” said Mr. Chen. “Their dancing is absolutely beautiful. It touches my soul, and I felt as though I was with divine beings.”
Mr. Chen was particularly spellbound by the opening piece, which depicts divine beings following the Creator down to the earth and establishing Chinese civilization.
“Right from the first program, I felt as though the Divine had come,” said Mr. Chen. “I felt as though they had the power of the divine and shared this divine influence over everyone who had come to see their performance. Through dance, they have touched our souls.”
“In every scene, every piece, the dancers moved with a divine rhythm. The combination of dance movements and the power of divine beings dancing has resulted in a beautiful performance.”
Mr. Chen added that he will be recommending Shen Yun to more people.
“I will tell my co-workers and friends about it because it’s truly worth seeing.”
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