The blog is now taking a Easter break and I wish you all a very nice holiday with this lovely photo!
Tags: Chinese culture, classical Chinese dance, Shen Yun
STOCKHOLM, Sweden—Attending the second performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Circus in Stockholm was for Mr. Haeckner, professor emeritus at the University of Stockholm, “extraordinary.”
I’ve never experienced anything like this before,” he said. “I think this is true art. For me, art is something that touches you and something you will always remember and this show is such.”
Many other visitors in the audience shared Mr. Haeckner’s enthusiasm. During the performance, exclaims of ”bravo“ were to be heard after many of the program pieces, with three curtain calls and a standing ovation after the conclusion of the performance.
“For me it’s very impressive,” Mr. Haeckner. “It’s very beautiful to see.”
Shen Yun Performing Arts Orchestra is unique, seamlessly blending the sounds of the East and the West to to create one fresh, harmonious sound, according to the company’s website. A Western philharmonic orchestra plays the foundation, while traditional Chinese instruments, such as the erhu, dizi, pipa, and suona, lead the melodies.
Although he had never heard any music like this before, Mr. Haeckner was very touched by it.
“The music was totally new to me, but I enjoyed it very much, and it blended in so well with the stories told [through the dances],” he said. “And it’s extremely well-composed.”
Mr. Haeckner experienced how the performers were radiating emotion with their performance on the stage, which impressed him.
“In the movements, in the dances, the dancers give their emotions to the audience and they express what they think, what they feel, with their bodies and choreography,” he said. “That is great, I loved it.”
Shen Yun´s performances depict both traditional Chinese culture and stories from the modern China, where human rights of practitioners of the spiritual practice Falun Gong are violated.
The current situation in China with many millions of people being persecuted for their faith and affiliation to traditional Chinese belief, based on the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance, left Mr. Haeckner puzzled. “We cannot understand that,“ he said, referring to himself and his wife.
Mr. Haeckner is a renowned professor emeritus of business administration at the Lulea Stockholm University of Technology. He has conducted research in various fields related to business and management topics and contributed to many books based on his experience as a former CEO, CFO, and board director of several major enterprises in Sweden.
Mr. Haeckner’s membership in the Rotary club enabled him to get to know Shen Yun through a seminar on Chinese culture. Now he will recommend it to his friends.
Shen Yun is “very different from the shows given in the Western world in theaters,” said Mr. Haecknet. “I like that it’s so different and special and emotional to look at it.“
Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world, with a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company will next perform at The London Coliseum, April 12-15.
For more information visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts.
The blog will now take a summer break.
Summer is not a time to sit by the computer, no, then we should be out in the fresh air and moving around! Do funny things together, go swimming, go on picnics, enjoying fine summer evenings, enjoy pavement cafées, maybe go away on a trip somewhere… Moments that enrich us since it’s easier to socialize and enjoy our beautiful nature when it’s nice and warm, flowers flourish, trees are green, colours surrounds us and life energy flowing in all living things. Of course this is from a point of view where there are different seasons like summer and winter coming and going. Not all countries do have it that way…
See you in August. Maybe I’ll post something here on the blog, if convenient. Also check Twitter, in the sidebar. But now it’s Summer!
I wish you all a very nice and uplifting Summer!
Tags: Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
I wish You All a very nice Summer and that you get the rest we all so desperately need, so we can catch up with ourselves. From the inner stillness of being, in the present moment, inspiring new insights can have a chance to form and grow, which might lead to some nice internal and external changes. Sweden is a country that is very generous with handing out vacations to their citizens, eg in countries such as Japan and U.S. they only have one or two weeks off. This length of paid holiday that we have here in Sweden is really something to be grateful for, I think!
See you in August. Maybe I come by some day here on the blog, if it’s convenient. We’ll see. Now it’s Summer!
Tags: Royal wedding in Sweden between Victoria and Daniel
Tags: Khalil Gibran, poetry
Today it is festive and glam and the lucky Two are becoming One.
Of course I wish them the best of luck on their way together. Coexistence is an art and to look just fallen in love after eight years, that’s also an art
Khalil Gibran has written beautifully about Love between man and woman in his book “The Prophet”:
Then said Almitra, Speak to us of Love. And he raised his head and looked upon the people, and there fell a stillness upon them. And with a great voice he said:
When love beckons to you, follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.
And when he speaks to you believe in him,
Though his voice may shatter your dreams
as the north wind lays waste the garden.
For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.
Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun,
So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth.
Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.
He threshes you to make you naked.
He sifts you to free you from your husks.
He grinds you to whiteness.
He kneads you until you are pliant;
And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God’s sacred feast.
All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life’s heart.
But if in your fear you would seek only love’s peace and love’s pleasure,
Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love’s threshing-floor,
Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.
Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;
For love is sufficient unto love.
When you love you should not say, “God is in my heart,” but rather, “I am in the heart of God.”
And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.
Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.
But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love’s ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.
Then Almitra spoke again and said, “And what of Marriage, master?”
And he answered saying:
You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when white wings of death scatter your days.
Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Love one another but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together, yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.”