Shen Yun 2015 World Tour (Trailer)

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Bollywood Actress After Seeing Shen Yun: ‘I shall remember this forever’

4 May, 2013 at 07:47 | Posted in Chinese culture, Shen Yun | Leave a comment
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By Epoch Times

NEW YORK—Bollywood actress and film producer Kalpana Pandit said Shen Yun Performing Arts was unreal.

“I would say it’s one of the best, musical, spiritual, precision dance pieces I’ve seen in the world,” she said after the performance at Lincoln Center on April 28. “I shall remember this forever.”

Ms. Pandit, an emergency physician-turned-actress, was the leading actress in Panithuli and starred in Janleva 555, as well as appearing in a range of other films, music videos, and television commercials. She was in New York to judge a Bollywood dance competition and ended up experiencing Shen Yun.

Shen Yun is a New York-based performance company that aims to revive the divinely-inspired, 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture.

Ms. Pandit said the “depth of this beautiful culture” has very deep meaning, especially in today’s world.

“I feel that lack of spirituality is causing a lot of today’s problems with the youth,” she said. “There’s no grounding, because they have no concept of what to hang onto in order to satisfy the soul.”

“I think the deep spirituality which you see in shows like this, it awakens something, and I hope that these kind of shows will help people to explore what it is,” Ms. Pandit added.

Shen Yun presents in some of its dance pieces realms of paradise and the heavens, transporting the audience through the colors of the costumes, the divine nature of the dancing, and the digital backdrops that utilize patented technology.

The performance evoked contemplation from Ms. Pandit.

“There is something that pulls you deep inside, it gives you that sense of belonging to the earth,” she said. “That’s what I felt, especially when they showed all the heavens and the earth, the connection.”

“I aspire that this show touches every corner of the world so that everybody sees it,” she said. “I would love for it to go to India one day and for the people for India to see. This is gorgeous; it is perfect. I aspire that other shows can come up to this level.”

Spiritual Depth of Chinese Culture and Shen Yun

The long Chinese history formed on the three main faiths of Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism.

“Under the influence of these faiths, Chinese culture has spawned a rich and profound system of values,” explains Shen Yun’s website. “The concepts of ‘man and nature must be in balance,’ ‘respect the heavens to know one’s destiny,’ and the five cardinal virtues of benevolence, righteousness, propriety, wisdom, and faithfulness (ren yi li zhi xin) are all products of these three religions’ teachings.”

Classical Chinese dance is at the heart of a Shen Yun performance, accentuated by handmade costumes, digital backdrops, and an orchestra that melds both classical Western and Chinese instruments.

Yet there is much more to Shen Yun than what’s on the surface.

“Digging deeper, one discovers a sea of traditional Chinese culture. Mortals and divine beings merge on stage as one,” says the Shen Yun website. Furthermore, the range of principles and virtues from Chinese culture “come to life” through the performance, “washing over the audience.”

Ms. Pandit said: “I’m going to recommend this to all my friends, because it’s something that is obviously thousands and thousands of years old. That traditional culture comes through because of that ancient art form.”

Reporting by NTD Television, Ivan Pentchoukov, and Zachary Stieber

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. The next performances in the northeastern United States are in Philadelphia May 3-5. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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Chinese Consular Officials Demand Japanese Forsake Shen Yun

26 April, 2013 at 18:55 | Posted in China, Chinese culture, human rights, persecution, Shen Yun, Society | Leave a comment
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Letters sent to businesses and government officials ask for withdrawal of support

By Matthew Robertson
Epoch Times

TOKYO—Chinese consulates in Japan have recently sent letters to businesses, newspapers, and government officials in cities and prefectures across the country, demanding that they withdraw their support for Shen Yun Performing Arts, a Chinese classical dance company that tours the world. Good relations with the People’s Republic of China PRC are said to be at issue.

Shen Yun’s tour in Japan runs from April 19 until May 1. It will perform 11 shows in five cities, and is currently playing in Tokyo.

Last year, and the year before, Chinese consular officials also sent similar letters.

One of the letters, reviewed by The Epoch Times, asks a businessman to cancel his sponsorship of Shen Yun’s local promoters in Fukuoka, where the company is scheduled to perform on May 1. He was additionally asked to withdraw all public relations activities, “involvement,” or other support.

Local government officials have also received such letters, like that sent to the mayor of a city in the Fukuoka Prefecture, by Li Tianran, an official at a PRC consular office in Fukuoka.

Officials in prefectural governments in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Osaka, and Aichi, at least, have also received the letters, according to the local promoters in those areas, who were contacted by confused officials after receiving the abusive notes.

So have theaters, television broadcasters, magazines, and three of Japan’s largest newspapers.

The letters frame their demands as being “for the sake of Sino-Japanese relations,” according to the text in the letter seen by The Epoch Times. The Epoch Times devotes a segment of its website to feedback from audiences that have seen Shen Yun.

The Chinese authorities have long attempted to shut down Shen Yun’s performances around the world. The company is frequently sponsored by the Falun Dafa Associations where it performs; Falun Dafa, a spiritual practice, is persecuted ferociously by the Communist Party in China.

A focus of the round of letters in Japan was to slander the host Falun Dafa Association, using the Communist Party’s propaganda against the practice.

In addition, analysts say that the Chinese regime fears the attractiveness to Chinese audiences of the traditional Chinese culture Shen Yun presents. The Chinese Communist Party has sought over the past 60 years to stamp out China’s traditional culture.

The demanding letters were sent in the context of ongoing maritime disputes between Japan and the PRC, where many Japanese feel that the PRC is acting like a bully.

This round of letters targeting Shen Yun is unlikely to reassure the Japanese that China is a generally benign presence, indicated Koyu Nishimura, a Japanese critic and journalist, who read the letter sent to government officials.

“We have the freedom to think, freedom to speak, and freedom to believe. This is what the Communist Party is most frightened of,” he said in an interview with The Epoch Times. “The world is awakening to the real nature of the Communist Party.”

Nishimura continued: “If this has been happening each time the performers come to Japan, we should not keep silent. We must take action.” He added: “We shouldn’t forgive these actions.”

As a result of the letter-writing campaign, some of the sponsors of the hosting organization withdrew their support, and newspapers have been reluctant to run advertising for Shen Yun.

In the history of Shen Yun’s performances this response is unusual. Letters of this kind are regularly sent to sponsors and politicians who support the hosting organizations in countries around the world, and are often ignored or dismissed. Sometimes they are roundly rebuffed.

In early 2011 one such letter reached Dr. Cathy Casey, a member of the city council of Auckland, New Zealand. “I was quite outraged by it,” she said in an interview at the time. “I’m really upset that the consulate should think it can influence elected members in a host country, where they’re our guest. … How dare they!”

After seeing Shen Yun on April 20, Hirosato Nakatsugawa, a member of Japan’s House of Representatives, said: “I deplore the Chinese Communist Party sabotaging the performing arts. It is just pure artistic performance. People want this emotional experience.”

Updates: The article was updated to reflect the widespread nature of the letter-writing campaign, the content of the letters sent, and the impact they had in Japan.

Translation by Yukari Werrell. Written in English by Matthew Robertson.

Read the original article in Japanese. 

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‘It was my greatest pleasure’ to Attend Shen Yun, Says Pianist

14 April, 2013 at 09:45 | Posted in Chinese culture, Shen Yun | Leave a comment
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Epoch Times Staff

FRANKFURT—Mr. Andreas Seipp is a pianist who performs at various venues, a chamber musician, an accompanist at the Cologne Opera, and a music teacher at a Cologne, Germany, high school. He attended the Saturday night New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company show at the Frankfurt Jahrhunderthalle.

Mr. Seipp bought a ticket to the Shen Yun show after having read up about the group on the Shen Yun website: “A Shen Yun performance features the world’s foremost classically trained dancers, a unique orchestra blending East and West, and dazzling animated backdrops—together creating one spectacular performance.”

“I’m impressed with this wonderful show, the unique orchestra, and the fantastic choreography,” said Mr. Seipp. “The musical arrangements can be counted among the top class—especially the mixture of Chinese and European instruments that work in such unison and present such a harmony of sounds.”

“Tenors, sopranos and other award-winning vocalists perform piano-accompanied solos, along with a regular favorite—the stirring melodies of the two-stringed erhu, also known as the Chinese violin,” states Shen Yun.

“It was my greatest pleasure to be at that show,” Mr. Seipp added.

Shen Yun’s animated backdrops present audience members with the lyrics of all the songs, as well as project landscapes, deep forests, celestial paradises, and Mongolian prairies to enhance the performance on stage.

“I not so much listened to the soprano singer, but had my eyes and ears open for the pianist that accompanied the singer,” said Mr. Seipp. “This was a marvelous piano debut. The musician listens very carefully when the instrument of his expertise is being played.”

Each year, Shen Yun presents a completely new set of dances, songs, and musical scores.

“Coming back to the orchestra, I must repeat that they emanated great harmony,” he said. “And then one finds out that these were all new compositions—impressive.”

“In a collection of short pieces, audiences travel from the Himalayas to tropical lake-filled regions; from the legends of the culture’s creation over 5,000 years ago through to the story of Falun Dafa in China today; from the highest heavens down to the dusty plateaus of the Middle Kingdom,” states Shen Yun.

“I came alone tonight and will tell everyone in glowing tones what I have experienced tonight,” concluded Mr. Seipp. “I will touch on the different scenes, the colors, and the folk dances, and make them wish that they would have come along to tonight’s show.”

With reporting by NTD Television

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

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Conductor: Shen Yun Orchestra ‘The best I’ve ever heard’

26 March, 2013 at 17:05 | Posted in Chinese culture, Shen Yun | Leave a comment
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Epoch Times Staff

DENVER—Conductor Rick Crompton was thrilled to experience a new style of orchestral music on Sunday by Shen Yun Performing Arts.

Mr. Crompton and his wife Jeannine, who also own a real estate brokerage firm, attended the Feb. 24 performance at the Buell Theater. Mr. Crompton said Shen Yun’s orchestra, which combines traditional Chinese and Western instruments, was the best he’s ever heard.

“The conductor is fabulous, the orchestra was fabulous—so, so wonderful,” he said, adding it was his first time to hear traditional Chinese instruments in an orchestra. “And the composers, the people that did some of the work to bring this music together, mixed with the [dance] perfectly.”

Mr. Crompton has studied music and conducted orchestras and choirs for nearly three decades, a career that saw him take choirs to Rome to perform for the Pope.

He was impressed with all the elements that came together in Shen Yun—the orchestra, the many dancers, digital backdrops, costumes, and props.

“The costuming was fabulous, the music, the conductor is the best I’ve ever heard. The whole thing was magical,” he said.

“I enjoyed the whole thing, basically, because it all [came] together.”

New York-based Shen Yun is a world-renowned classical Chinese dance and music company. Formed in 2006 by artists from around the world, the mission of the company is to revive 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture.

Mr. Crompton enjoyed Shen Yun’s digital backdrops, which are timed precisely to create the illusion that the dancers can jump in and out of the screen.

“The animated backdrop, when they would come in and appear on stage, that was brilliant,” he said. “That was great choreography.”

One of the most memorable moments for Mr. Crompton was a dance entitled Phoenix Fairies, which features graceful female dancers with colorful shimmering skirts, dancing amidst the clouds in a celestial paradise.

“It was magic; the beautiful costumes,” he said. “The brilliant color just grabbed me.”

He also enjoyed the dance Sewing the Flowers of Heaven, which features graceful dancers scattering flowers as blessings for all of humankind. In Chinese mythology, celestial maidens appear as heralds of great tidings, bestowing blessings on humans.

“They looked like flowers; they had a beautiful impression because the costumes were so delicate, when they laid down they looked like petals,” said Mr. Crompton. “I did enjoy that.”

Reporting by Gary Wang and Justina Wheale.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

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Shen Yun Has Beautiful Inner Meaning, Says UK’s Bollywood Ambassador

12 March, 2013 at 12:34 | Posted in Chinese culture, Shen Yun | Leave a comment
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Epoch Times Staff

Shen Yun Performing Arts delighted renowned Bollywood dancer and choreographer Honey Kalaria so much last year that she booked tickets for this year’s first London performance on Tuesday, March 5.

“I couldn’t get enough, so I’m back again!” she said. “It’s been absolutely wonderful as always; lots of energy, gracefulness, beautiful choreography as always.”

Shen Yun each year produces an all-new performance, something not lost on Honey who said she loved seeing new themes, new ideas, new costumes, colours, and new projections on the digital backdrop that accompany each performance.

At the heart of a Shen Yun performance lies classical Chinese dance, a comprehensive system of dance, passed down and enriched through China’s 5,000 years of civilization.

As a dancer, Honey said she was highly impressed with the standard of the dancers, their professionalism, and how well polished their performances were.

“As a dancer personally, I would recommend the show to not just dancers, performers, creative people, but to audiences from all cultural backgrounds.”

In addition to the mainstay of dance display, Shen Yun also includes two or three world-class Chinese Bel Canto style singers.

Honey said that she loved the singers, and particularly enjoyed the inclusion of a translation of the lyrics on the screen behind. She said that this was characteristic of the care that went into the performance to ensure that people can really understand what is happening on stage.

She said her family, having seen the performance last year, were all hoping to catch Shen Yun this week. She says that Shen Yun performances really get people hooked on classical Chinese dance and performing arts.

Honey praised the performance for not just entertaining, but also educating the audience.

“The real essence of Chinese culture brought to audiences in a very, very entertaining manner which educates people. I’m going to go back to learn about Chinese culture.”

Honey says that dancing in general is about much more than the physical aspects and physical movements. “It’s about mind, body and soul,” she says. With Shen Yun, that inner meaning of the dance movements comes across very strongly to the audience, she said.

“You see this wonderful spiritual aspect that comes through the dance, there’s a beautiful meaning behind it. There are fantastic themes that are brought to the audiences, which I think is beautiful for people to go back with.”

“I’ll be back again here next year to watch Shen Yun the third time round!”

Reporting by NTD Television and Simon Veazey.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will be performing in Barbican Theatre through March 9. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

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Member of Council of Art Critics: Shen Yun Itself Is ‘Art and Culture’

3 March, 2013 at 07:20 | Posted in Chinese culture, Shen Yun | Leave a comment
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Epoch Times Staff

TAIPEI, Taiwan—Yang Sen-Hong, member of AICA Taiwan International Association of Art Critics as well as a veteran journalist, praised Shen Yun Performing Arts itself as art and culture.

He watched the company’s performance on Feb. 21 at the National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall.

Having watched Shen Yun performances for many years, he said: “It is very different this year. I felt the special confidence and the impact from the performers from the very beginning [of the show]. In the past, they seemed to be dancing as carriers. But this time Shen Yun herself is dance. It has changed from ‘We are dancing’ to ‘Dance is us’.”

True Homage to Chinese Culture

He continued to explain the ‘confidence,’ by saying, “When I look at those early works from the Renaissance, I saw the confidence of the artists. Be it the sculpture or painting, there was the confidence that no one could do it better. That confidence is in Shen Yun. They show us that no one will dance better than they can. She is the number one. That’s the feeling. No critique is ever needed. She is the number one. She represents herself. If there is a cultural renaissance in China, this could be the start.”

Yang Sen-Hong indicated that at the AICA, there are internal critiques and standards for the overall achievements of art and the definition of arts and dances. “I see (Shen Yun) herself is the arts. She is the culture. This is something hard to come by,” he said.

Speaking of the revival of Chinese culture, he said bluntly, “The effort by the Republic of China (Taiwan) has done is incomparable to that achieved by Shen Yun, not to mention the destruction done by the People’s Republic of China (CPC). Shen Yun has kept those genuine values of Chinese culture, and further elevated them to the level of art. They have refined the dance and performance and brought in a new spiritual connotation. They are a true homage to Chinese culture.”

Yang Sen-Hong believed mainland China’s biggest problem is to mistake price as value. He said, “Under the leadership of the Communist Party, the worst part is that people see that it is rich. And I see it knows money but not value. On the contrary, Shen Yun stands at the opposite side, that is, Shen Yun stands on the side of values. Those values can not be approached, however rich the entire country of China is.”

He stressed that China today no longer stands for its traditional culture. “But Shen Yun can,” he said. “The true Chinese culture is found overseas. Perhaps someday, I hope she can return to really lead China. I will say she [Shen Yun] has the confidence that as a culture, once returning to China, she will lead, and she must lead. It is for sure because she went deep into our hearts.”

AICA,Taiwan (International Association of Art Critics) is a National Section of Association Internationale des Critiques d’Art, UNESCO, United Nations (AICA,UNESCO,UN) founded in 2001, whose mission is to establish artistic creation and critics quality and promote exchange and respect of culture and arts.

Read the original Chinese article.

Reporting by Su Shi-Chiau, Wu Tsen-Chi and Jenny Li.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

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Renowned Chinese Dissident: Shen Yun Poses Greatest Challenge to Chinese Regime

26 February, 2013 at 09:43 | Posted in China, Chinese culture, human rights, persecution, Shen Yun, Society | Leave a comment
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By Li Xin
Epoch Times Staff

WASHINGTON—For 35 years the dissident Wei Jingsheng has opposed the dictatorship of the Chinese Communist Party. At the Kennedy Center on Jan. 29 he saw what he considers the greatest challenge to the CCP’s existence: a performance of classical Chinese dance and music by the New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts.

According to Wei,”Shen Yun’s non-political program exposes the fundamental problem with the CCP: the CCP grafted Marxism from the West onto China and tried to fundamentally destroy traditional Chinese culture.”

That beginning took a decisive shape during the Cultural Revolution. Wei said, “Today’s Party remains rooted in beliefs propagated then: it is a crime to have humanity, and it is an even greater crime to be spiritual.”

Wei thought the book the “Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party” helped clarify the Party’s stance toward religion by calling the CCP a cult. Cults sustain themselves by controlling people and turning people into fools and slaves through brainwashing, Wei said.

“A cult is also a religion, and is against all other religious beliefs. If people were to believe in true religions, they would no longer believe in the CCP. The Propaganda Department of the CCP has intentionally destroyed other faiths and traditional Chinese culture and replaced them with Party elements in order to maintain its rule,” Wei said.

“The Chinese people have been left with nothing to believe in. They no longer believe in the CCP,” Wei said. “And now they only believe in money. Yet, a society cannot continue like this.”

As more and more Chinese people realize this, they have awakened, and things have reached a tipping point. At the same time, the CCP fears that the culture it imported from the Soviet Union would be replaced.

Shen Yun’s website describes its mission as reviving the “true, divinely inspired culture of China.”

Wei said the pursuit of spirituality is universal and innate among all human beings, and Shen Yun’s performances have awakened people’s conscience.

By presenting China’s traditional culture, Shen Yun has posed the greatest challenge to the CCP, Wei said. Chinese have awakened to the beauty of their own traditional culture.

The Chinese people see that what Shen Yun presents is their true culture, and that what the CCP presents is wrong. In this sense, Shen Yun is very important to the Chinese people, Wei said.

Shen Yun has also allowed Westerners to understand what the real China is, Wei said.

“Westerners have become less knowledgeable about Chinese culture, as most Chinese scholars in the West are engaged in scientific, political, or economic research, and few are engaged in introducing genuine Chinese culture to the West. The troupes organized by the CCP always carry elements of communism and are not accepted by the Western audience,” Wei said.

Wei said that Shen Yun does not preach political doctrine, but just promotes culture. Its artistic presentation allows the Western audience to learn about Chinese culture through perception and intuition, Wei said.

Wei said that through Shen Yun, the Western audience can see the beauty of Chinese culture and understand the way Chinese people think and behave.

“What Shen Yun presents is much more important than academic research,” Wei said. “People in the West may study the Chinese economy, Chinese politics, and Chinese leaders. However, the leaders could be replaced at any moment. Academic research from this perspective is temporary and not convincing to people.”

He said, “The CCP would soon be completely disintegrated.”

Wei Jingsheng is a prominent Chinese dissident. Human rights prizes he has won include the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Human Rights Award in 1996, the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, and the Olof Palme Memorial Prize in 1994.

Read the original Chinese article.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

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Chinese Billionaire Moved to Tears by Shen Yun

5 February, 2013 at 07:08 | Posted in Chinese culture, Shen Yun, Society, Spirituality, Tang Dynasty | Leave a comment
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By Qiu Chen
Epoch Times Staff

VANCOUVER—The 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture depicted by Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 13, was a moving experience for Chinese billionaire Mr. Zhu, who attended the performance with his family.

“I am shocked. Our 5,000 years of civilization is so splendid. Especially wonderful were the pieces about the Tang Dynasty and Han Dynasty. The entire performance brought Chinese culture to life,” said Mr. Zhu, adding that he was often brought to tears during the show.

New York-based Shen Yun has taken it as its mission to revive the essence of the Middle Kingdom’s ancient culture, which consisted of principles originating from Confucianism, Buddhism, and Daoism such as benevolence, honour, justice, propriety, and respect for the heavens.

According to the Shen Yun website, China’s rich traditional culture and art forms have been systematically destroyed due to various campaigns waged by the Chinese communist regime—something Mr. Zhu is well aware of.

“The root of traditional Chinese culture is in China. But in today’s China, the culture has been destroyed to an unrecognizable state. During the Great Cultural Revolution, the Confucius teaching was completely eradicated. As a result, the moral standard of our nation has collapsed,” he said.

Mr. Zhu noted that Shen Yun conveys the basic values of what it takes to be a good human being.

“What Shen Yun promotes is the return of human’s true self, true beauty, and true compassion,” he said.

“Why is it that human beings get to exist and develop? The fundamental reason is that there were saints and sages guiding us so that we stay close to our values of truth, compassion, and beauty.

“Only by doing so can civilization be preserved and human society develop, regardless of whether it’s China or other countries.”

Shen Yun has three equally large companies that tour annually, each with a unique orchestra that combines the grandeur of a Western philharmonic orchestra with classical Eastern instruments leading the melodies.

Through classical Chinese dance and Chinese ethnic and folk dances, Shen Yun presents beloved legends and inspiring stories from the long history of China.

“I think Shen Yun is telling the world about traditional Chinese culture, about the past glories of the Chinese nation,” Mr. Zhu said.

“In the meantime, Shen Yun is cleansing people’s hearts and reestablishing our values.”

Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. 

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Shen Yun a ‘Great, Great Performance,’ Says Ballet Dancer

29 January, 2013 at 06:14 | Posted in Chinese culture, Shen Yun | Leave a comment
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Epoch Times Staff

TORONTO—Shen Yun Performing Arts put on its last show of the season in Toronto with a Sunday afternoon performance at the Sony Centre.

The Shen Yun performance reminded long time ballet dancer Yulia Arsenyev how great it is to dance.

“I think it’s great; it’s a lot of emotion. I think it’s beautiful,” she said about the performance.

Ms. Arsenyev, who is originally from Russia and has been dancing for 20 years, is currently taking a rest from dancing after giving birth to her child. She now teaches ballet to children.

Watching the Shen Yun talented dancers perform their technically demanding dance moves so seamlessly on stage made Ms. Arsenyev feel as if she was dancing herself.

“I couldn’t hear even the steps or jumps of the dancers; I think it’s very, very important to dance very light … so I really enjoy it.

“It’s unique,” she said about the performance.

According to the Shen Yun website, classical Chinese dance is a “vast and independent system of dance.”

“Classical Chinese dance has its own set of training methods in basic skills and has strict training in both physical expression and specific postures. It also involves learning combinations of leaps, turns, flips, spins, and other aerial and tumbling techniques,” says the Shen Yun website.

Ms. Arsenyev said she enjoyed seeing the energy in the dancers.

“You can see the power, you can see all the air in between the moves so I really like that,” she said.

The colourful costumes and the animated digital backdrops also added to the beauty of the show, Ms. Arsenyev said. She said she appreciates having the chance to learn about the culture of China right here in Canada through the Shen Yun performance.

“I would love to come next time because I heard every year it’s a new show, and of course I will come and see one more time the great, great performance.”

Reporting by NTD Television.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Following 21 successful shows Dec. 20-Jan. 13 in Mississauga, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Hamilton, Shen Yun’s New York Company finished its run of five shows in Toronto with sold-out shows Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

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Summer Break!

24 June, 2012 at 18:19 | Posted in Body & Mind, Children, China, Chinese culture, Falun Dafa/Falun Gong, Food, human rights, Nature, persecution, Science, Shen Yun, Society, Technology | Leave a comment
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The blog is now taking its annual summer break.

I wish you all a really nice summer with sun, sea, forest, togetherness and everything you need to fill yourself up with, before the short days of wintertime that unavoidable will be here. Here in Sweden we really enjoy our light season and the nordic light!

See you all in August. Rainy days I might fill in with links to articles. But no musts, otherwise it isn’t a holiday :-) Please check out Twitter, in the sidebar to the right, as well.

Have a really nice Summer :-)


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Chamber Orchestra Marketing Director Calls Shen Yun ‘An incredible experience!’

18 April, 2012 at 07:29 | Posted in Chinese culture, Shen Yun | Leave a comment
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‘It just touched my soul to the very core’

Epoch Times Staff

MADISON, Wis.—“Absolutely amazing!” exclaimed Ms. Sue Ellen Maguire. The marketing director for the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra attended the opening presentation of Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company as it graced the stage of the Overture Center for the Arts April 4.

“It was everything that I thought it would be, but more. I had seen the video beforehand and I thought, WOW! Colorful, exciting, precise. And when I got here it was … it was just … an incredible experience! It’s really hard to explain how wonderful it was. The music was spectacular. The dancing—impeccable! And I love how they interacted with the screen. The characters would come from the screen and all of a sudden come to life. Really fun, really exciting.”

By harmoniously combining a classical Western orchestra with classical Chinese instruments, the Shen Yun orchestras have unveiled a new musical realm appreciated by countless audience members worldwide.

With her background in music, Ms. Maguire was amazed by this unique blend. She said, “That’s the main thing that intrigued me, of course, working for an orchestra, is the matching of the Eastern and the Western instruments that came together seamlessly in such a beautiful way that it just touched my soul to the very core. It’s beautiful.”

Classical Chinese dance is said to have a history of several thousand years and was passed down through each Chinese dynasty. Over the years, it has become a comprehensive system of dance that boasts a variety of unique rhythms, movements, and meanings, according the Shen Yun’s website.

Ms. Maguire was visibly moved by the New York-based show and said, “It’s almost a spiritual experience. There’s something within your soul that kind of leaps; it almost dances. My heart dances. My soul dances. And it’s just a joyful experience and just spectacular. I couldn’t stop grinning the whole time. I was just thrilled.”

The Marketing Director felt everyone should experience Shen Yun for themselves. She said, “GO! Whatever you do; buy a ticket. Go see it. It’s well worth it. You’ll enjoy it. If you enjoy music, you’ll enjoy this show because it’s—the music is so beautiful and combine that with dancing, and the screen, and the interaction. Of all of those things, that can only elevate the music to another level—and it does. It’s just, it’s really hard to put into words, but it’s just spectacular!

The people of China have long held that their magnificent culture was a gift from the heavens. Artists cultivated virtue because they felt that to create something worthy of the divine, there must first be inner beauty and peace.

Ms. Maguire said the performances touched her on a spiritual level. “It’s another level. It’s another level of thinking. It’s another, almost another level of spirituality of humanness when music and art touches your soul—and this did. It really took me to a higher level—just beautiful.”

She felt that the messages she saw in the performances could positively impact the rest of the world. “You know, I think people get so distracted with the physical manifestations of everything that they forget what’s behind it, its power, its beauty. It’s the majesty of it. It’s [like] a palm tree that can bend with the wind with a storm, but they can withstand it. There’s more to it than just the physicality. If you can look beyond that and see the spiritual nature of it, you can’t help but be happy.”

Ms. Maguire highly recommends Shen Yun to others. “Majestic, touching, beautiful, spiritual, that’s not a phrase. It’s hard to put into just one phrase. If anybody has the opportunity to see this production, it can’t help but touch you.”

Reporting by NTD Television, Valerie Avore and Jeanmarie Lunsford.

Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world, with a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture.

For more information, please visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts.

via Chamber Orchestra Marketing Director Calls Shen Yun ‘An incredible experience!’ | Special Section | Shen Yun On Tour | Epoch Times

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Attempts to Stop Classical Chinese Dance Show Go Back Four Years, Promoters Reveal

11 April, 2012 at 09:19 | Posted in China, Chinese culture, human rights, persecution, Shen Yun | Leave a comment
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By Simon Veazey
Epoch Times Staff

The London Coliseum, the largest theatre in London, where Shen Yun will perform from April 12-April 15.

The promoters of upcoming classical Chinese dance show Shen Yun have revealed for the first time a pattern of interference with UK and Irish performances stretching back over the last four years.

In 2008 Shen Yun performed for the first time in the UK at the newly revamped Royal Festival Hall.

Zek Halu was the main contact with Royal Festival Hall for the promoters at the time. He says that his contact at the RFH told him the Embassy staff had contacted the theatre and told them that there would be disturbances and problems with the audience.

Mr Halu says that he was also contacted by Special Branch police officers who knew that the Chinese Embassy had been interfering.

After the performances, he said the RFH had several e-mails from theatre-goers complaining about Shen Yun. “After I looked at a few of them, I realised they contained identical phrases. It was clearly an orchestrated effort – the same as in other cities,” he said.

In 2009, venue group Live Nation cancelled a performance of Shen Yun at Edinburgh’s Playhouse theatre, citing Live Nation’s business interests in China.

Eddie Aitken of promoters Tang Arts, said: “The manager of the Playhouse told me that he’d made an enquiry to Live Nation, the parent company of the Playhouse, about whether there would be any conflict of interest with their business in China. Live Nation said yes. In that case, unfortunately, he said, we’ll have to cancel the booking.”

Following a campaign by fans of the show, Live Nation reversed their decision, ultimately allowing Shen Yun to perform to a capacity audience.

In 2010 it was revealed that all foreign diplomatic missions in Dublin were written to by the Chinese Embassy, to “kindly remind” them not to attend the first performance of Shen Yun in the city.

“The Embassy kindly reminds you not to attend the show,” the letter, sent by ambassador Liu Biwei’s secretary, stated.

Attempts by the Chinese Embassy to derail upcoming performances at the London Coliseum have now been condemned by a growing list of MPs and councillors.

Brian Coleman, an outspoken member and former chair of the London Assembly, described the actions of the Embassy as disgraceful.

“It’s not up to the Chinese government to dictate to the English National Opera who they let the Coliseum to,” he said.

“There is a long and distinguished history here in Great Britain of allowing artistic freedom,” Mr Coleman told Sound of Hope Radio. “We are a free society here in London – the greatest artistic society in the world I would suggest – and we are not going to tolerate this sort of political interference from the Chinese government.”

Music professor Peter Graham saw Shen Yun for the first time back in 2008 at the RFH. He is full of praise for Shen Yun. What he highlights is not the music or the dancing – which he says are beautiful – but the values behind the performance, and the fact that Shen Yun includes modern stories of courage and compassion alongside the historical tales and legends.

Read more: Attempts to Stop Classical Chinese Dance Show Go Back Four Years, Promoters Reveal | National | United Kingdom | Epoch Times

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

Stockholm Professor Emeritus: Shen Yun is ‘Extraordinary, True Art’

11 April, 2012 at 09:07 | Posted in Chinese culture, Shen Yun, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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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.

via Stockholm Professor Emeritus: Shen Yun is ‘Extraordinary, True Art’ | Special Section | Shen Yun On Tour | Epoch Times

Shen Yun, the show China doesn’t want you to see, returns to New York’s Lincoln Center – NY Daily News

3 April, 2012 at 07:03 | Posted in Chinese culture, Shen Yun | Leave a comment
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Classical Chinese dance/acrobatics troupe, banned by China’s government, performs in April

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By Gina Salamone / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Brightly colored costumes, amazing acrobatics and classical Chinese dance helped a performing arts group sell out five Lincoln Center shows in January.

For those that missed out, Shen Yun Performing Arts returns to the David H. Koch Theater April 18 through 22.

And ticket holders will see a show that the Communist Party of China does not want you to.

“This show is really one of the unique shows that can’t be seen in China because unfortunately a lot of authentic Chinese culture has been lost or destroyed under the Communist regime,” says Shen Yun master of ceremonies Kelly Wen.

“People of my generation grew up without a real deep understanding of what this culture is,” the 23-year-old adds. “My parents’ and even my grandparents’ generations have been through the Cultural Revolution. So they saw the before and after of what happened to China.”

Shen Yun is associated with the spiritual group Falun Gong, which the Chinese government banned in 1999.

The U.S. Department of State has cited reports by Non-Governmental Organizations that Chinese Communist Party officials have pressured venues and governments in Asia and Europe to cancel or delay Shen Yun performances.

At the same time, some reviews of Shen Yun shows have criticized the show as being “propaganda.”

“Calling Shen Yun ‘propaganda’ is like calling the movie ‘Schindler’s List’ anti-Nazi propaganda,” contends Shen Yun Promotions International spokeswoman Pia-Marie Norris. “ ‘Schindler’s List’ was a story about courage and compassion amidst horrible conditions. It is a moving and inspiring story.

“The same holds true for some of the pieces included in Shen Yun’s performance that depict great courage and faith among horrible conditions in modern-day China,” Norris says. “They are an inspiring testament to the values from traditional Chinese culture and their relevance in the modern day.”

Wen calls Chinese culture deeply spiritual. “It’s based on the foundations of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism, and a lot of those values like loyalty and wisdom have been passed down for generations, almost intact, right up until the Communist regime took over,” she says.

“And I think that’s really a shame because that 5,000 years of history set a strong spiritual and moral foundation for the Chinese people,” Wen adds. “Embedded in [the show] are those valuable lessons from history that I think resonate with people from all cultural backgrounds.”

Wen has been involved with Shen Yun since it was founded in New York in 2006 by Chinese artists from around the world. Before becoming master of ceremonies, she started out as a dancer during the group’s first tour in 2007.

via Shen Yun, the show China doesn’t want you to see, returns to New York’s Lincoln Center – NY Daily News

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