Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra Plays to Full House at First Stop in Taiwan

September 22, 2016 | By Minghui correspondent Tang En

(Minghui.org) After debuting in Japan, the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra headed to Taiwan and kicked off a 12-city, 2-week tour in Taoyuan at the Zhongli Arts Hall on September 17, 2016.

The orchestra played to a full house despite the tropical storm brought by typhoon Malakas. The concert concluded with thunderous applause and a lengthy standing ovation, with the performers taking nine bows during a curtain call.

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Vocal performance by tenor Tian Ge (left), with conductor Milen Nachev (right)

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Soprano Geng Haolan performs a solo

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Trio of erhu soloists Qi Xiaochun (right), Sun Lu (middle), and Wang Zhen (left)

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Violinist Fiona Zheng plays a solo

Warm Welcome from 24 Taiwanese Elected Officials

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The Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra received recognition and welcome letters from 24 elected officials in Taiwan

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Calligraphy banners from various city mayors. The mayor of Taipei, Ko Wen-je (upper left), provided a banner that reads “An Artistic Feast”; the mayor of Taoyuan, Cheng Wen-tsan (upper right), “Music from the Heavens”; the mayor of Taichung, Lin Chia-lung (lower left), “A Great Success”; and the mayor of Tainan, Lai Ching-te (lower right), “Expression of Beautiful Sounds.”

Mayor of Taoyuan: “A Great Musical Feast”

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Cheng Wen-tsan, Mayor of Taoyuan City, at the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra concert at Zhongli Arts Hall on September 17

“It’s a great musical feast,” said Cheng Wen-tsan, Mayor of Taoyuan City, after attending the concert at the Zhongli Arts Hall on September 17.

“Every piece is very good, ” Mayor Cheng said. He also noted that the Chinese and Western instruments were “combined very well.”

Conductor: “Combination of Creativity and Tradition”

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Mao Pei-rong, conductor of the Taoyuan Yueh-Yo Chinese Chamber Orchestra

“The music is touching to people because the melodies have a strong affinity, and people are moved because of it,” said Ms. Mao Pei-rong, conductor for the Taoyuan Yueh-Yo Chinese Chamber Orchestra.

From the perspective of a professional musician, Ms. Mao shared, “[The orchestra] has made a stride forward with this combination of creativity and tradition.”

“The music conveys to us how the universe is part of our everyday life,” she said. “And your soul follows it and the melodies stay in your mind, making you feel very comfortable.”

Ms. Mao also expressed her wish to see the symphony orchestra put on more performances in Taiwan, for it would “purify people’s hearts” and “make changes in society.”

This is the Remedy for the 21st Century

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Chuang Hsiu-mei, Director General of the Department of Cultural Affairs in Taoyuan

“The music of Shen Yun has very deep philosophical meanings. This kind of music can be felt directly by the heart. It can touch and target one’s heart without much explanation,” said Chuang Hsiu-mei, the Director General of the Department of Cultural Affairs in Taoyuan.

“This is the remedy for the 21st century,” she said of the traditional values that Shen Yun presents, such as being in harmony with nature.

It Has Opened Up My Entire Body and Soul

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Li Shih-ying, President of Science City Community University in Hsinchu

“I could feel the grand atmosphere and the beauty of blending Chinese and Western instruments,” said Li Shih-ying, President of the Science City Community University in Hsinchu.

“When I closed my eyes to enjoy it, it really felt like heaven,” Ms. Li shared her feelings. “I could say that it has opened up my entire body and soul.”

The Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra will continue their Taiwan tour with performances in Keelung on September 21, Yilan on September 22, Tainan on September 24, and Yunlin on September 26. For more information on tickets and dates, please visit ShenYun.com/symphony.

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Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra Debuts 2016 Asia Tour in Tokyo, Japan

September 18, 2016 | By Minghui correspondent Zheng Yuyan

(Minghui.org) The Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra began its 2016 concert tour by presenting its unique blend of East and West to a full-house audience in Tokyo Japan, on the afternoon of September 15.

As part of the New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts, the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra has toured North America each autumn since 2012. This year it will perform in 13 cities in Japan and Taiwan in addition to the North American stops on the tour.

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The Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra debuts its Asia Tour at the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall with a matinee performance on September 15, 2016.

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Violinist Fiona Zheng performs a solo piece.

Radio Station Host: “Extraordinarily Touched”

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Radio station host Miyosa Takahashi.

Radio station host Ms. Miyosa Takahashi said, “I felt extraordinarily touched… from the top of my head all the way to my toes.”

“I felt uplifted and embraced by a powerful energy,” Ms. Takahashi said. She said the music was “combined perfectly” and “really wonderful.”

She also commented on the dedication of the performers, “They were so immersed in their performance that they seemed to become part of the musical instruments.”

Stage Producer: “Grand” and “Unique”

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Stage producer Hatsune Miku

Stage producer Hatsune Miku commented, “Very unique… It is hard to find music this good.”

“Very grand and refreshing,” Ms. Miku said. “The entire music seemed to be looking down from above. It is at a high level and flying in the sky.”

She also shared her inspiration, “Classical music and traditional culture must be preserved. It is our responsibility to save something this excellent for future generations.”

“Refreshing” and “Exquisite”

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Takao Toda, director general of Human Development Department at the International Cooperation Agency of Japan (JICA)

Dr. Takao Toda, director general of the Human Development Department of the International Cooperation Agency of Japan (JICA) said of the performance, “The grace of the East was accentuated by the magnificent power of the Western instruments. It is indeed simply exquisite.”

“Never did I imagine that such distinct Eastern and Western melodies could be performed by the same musicians,” Dr. Toda said of Shen Yun’s combination of East and West. “I am truly amazed at their high level of professionalism.”

“It was truly a refreshing experience!” he stressed.

“Magnificent” and “Powerful”

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Isao Yoshikawa, an author and the founder of the Japan Garden Research Association.

Mr. Isao Yoshikawa, the founder of the Japan Garden Research Association, remarked, “The blend of Chinese and Western instruments was very magnificent and powerful.”

He especially enjoyed the piece performed on the erhu instrument, which he thought was “clear,” “powerful,” and “beautiful.”

“It is hard for the Japanese to have the chance to enjoy music like this. Therefore, I would definitely recommend it to my friends,” Mr. Yoshikawa said.

The Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra will next be performing 16 concerts in 12 cities in Taiwan on September 17 through October 3.

Website: ShenYun.com/symphony

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Shen Yun’s Sold-out Shows in Southern California Impress Entertainment Moguls

May 08, 2016 | By Minghui correspondents

(Minghui.org) The New York Company of Shen Yun Performing Arts presented 31 sold-out shows to eight major cities in southern California on March 19 to April 30, 2016. This special occasion attracted many moguls from the entertainment industry, who appreciated both the artistic and cultural elements displayed in the performance.

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The New York Company of Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Terrace Theater in Long Beach, CA on March 20, 2016.

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Shen Yun Performing Arts at the The Fred Kavli Theatre in Thousand Oaks, CA on March 22.

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Curtain call at the Bridges Auditorium-Pomona College in Claremont, CA on April 9.

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Shen Yun performance at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, CA on April 13.

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Curtain call at the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge, CA on April 20.

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The Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA on April 24.

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The Rabobank Theater in Bakersfield, CA on April 28.

Academy Award-Winning Producer: “It Takes You Away”

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Michael Phillips, Academy Award-winning film producer, and his wife Juliana Maio, an entertainment lawyer and novelist, at the performance in Los Angeles on April 24.

“It’s very magical. It takes you away,” said Michael Phillips, Academy Award-winning film producer, after seeing the performance in Los Angeles with his wife Juliana on April 24.

“I’m just impressed with the artistry and the agility of the dancers… It’s all really a great experience,” said Mr. Phillips.

“It’s ancient; it’s modern—It’s really beautiful,” he added.

Academy Award-Winning Actor: “Lovely Spectacle”

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George Chakiris (left), Academy award-winning actor, with actor Richard Tanner at the performance in Northridge on April 20.

“Lovely spectacle…Very beautiful to see,” said Academy award-winning actor George Chakiris, after seeing the performance in Northridge on April 20.

“I can imagine they have a very, very long rehearsal process to be so good in synchronizing with each other, coordinating in their movement. It’s very beautiful,” he said.

Three-Time Emmy-Winning Actress: “It Was As If They Were On Air”

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Jean Smart, three-time Emmy-winning actress, at the performance in Northridge on April 20.

“The discipline it takes is indescribable,” said Jean Smart, three-time Emmy-winning actress. “It was as if they were on air.”

“This part of the culture is important to maintain, so that people can see it,” Ms. Smart added.

Emmy Award-Winning Producer: “An Ancient Wisdom”

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Craig Huxley, Emmy Award-winning and Grammy Award nominee musician, producer, and former child actor, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on April 24.

“I’m glad to see that the traditional values are being supported here, an ancient wisdom,” said Craig Huxley, Emmy Award-winning and Grammy Award nominee musician and producer.

He was especially touched by the performance of the two-stringed erhu, which he described as “so evocative of an ancient time.”

Film Actor: “Startling and Breathtaking”

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Film actor and producer William Baldwin, also third of the Baldwin brothers, with daughter Brooke (left) and two of her friends at the Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara on April 30.

“Startling and breathtaking… It just was a lot of grace in the performance tonight,” said film actor and producer William Baldwin, who brought his daughter Brooke and friends to see the performance in Santa Barbara on April 30.

“I love the historic and cultural things that [Shen Yun is] is sharing with us here,” Mr. Baldwin said.

“We haven’t had quite an experience like that in all the years that I’ve lived here. I’ve lived here almost ten years now, so it was special for us,” he added.

Entertainment Executive: “Very Educational as Well as Cultural”

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Michael Solomon, a president of international television at Warner Bros, with his wife Luciana Paluzzi, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on April 24.

“It was really very exciting… This was very educational as well as cultural,” said entertainment executive Michael Solomon, currently a president of international television at Warner Bros, after seeing the show in Los Angeles on April 24.

“The dancers were magnificent. They were just beautiful,” he said.

Producer Family: “What the World Needs Today”

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Makeup artist and film producer Kimber Eastwood (left), also the daughter of legendary actor Clint Eastwood, with mother Roxanne Tunis, an actress and dancer, and husband Shawn Midkiff, an actor and producer, at the performance in Santa Barbara on April 30.

“Uplifting and spiritual… What the world needs today,” said makeup artist and film producer Kimber Eastwood, the daughter of legendary actor Clint Eastwood. She attended the performance in Santa Barbara with her mother Roxanne Tunis, an actress and dancer, and husband Shawn Midkiff, an actor and producer.

Mr. Midkiff was impressed by the music, “The music was wonderful. The singers were amazing… The two-string instrument [the erhu] was incredible.”

“The costumes are just unbelievable, absolutely fabulous. The dancers are great. I am overwhelmed. The show is spectacular,” said Ms. Tunis, whose 86th birthday was celebrated through this occasion.

Shen Yun will continue its World Tour with performances in Pittsburgh, PA, May 10-11; Ottawa, Canada, May 8; Hamilton, Canada, May 10-11; and Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 5-8. For more information on tickets and dates, please visit http://shenyun.com.

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Shen Yun Caps Off Taiwan Tour with Sold-out Shows and Glowing Reviews

April 22, 2016 | By Minghui correspondents in Taiwan

(Minghui.org) Shen Yun Performing Arts presented the last performance in Taoyuan, Taiwan on April 16, 2016, thus completing its month-long, seven-city tour in Taiwan.

The performances in Taichung, Taoyuan, and Changhua during the second half of the tour were sold out. The show also attracted theatergoers from other countries, who appreciated the opportunity to experience an authentic culture through the stunning beauty of Shen Yun.

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Shen Yun’s last performance in Taiwan at the Taoyuan Arts Center on April 16

Sixth Bishop of Hong Kong: Presenting “The Original Value of Life”

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Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, Cardinal of the Catholic Church

“Shen Yun exhibits the truth and the original value of life. It is to live according to the truth, speak true words, and respect the conscience of each other,” said Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, the sixth Bishop of Hong Kong, who flew in from Hong Kong to see the performance in Taoyuan on April 14.

“China has a precious culture. Unfortunately, they (communist party) abandoned it.” He believed that the decline in moral standards in China nowadays is closely relevant to the destruction of traditions. “Hopefully we can still win back our precious traditional culture some day.”

“I hope that Shen Yun flourishes so more people can enjoy it. Hopefully one day, we in Hong Kong can also see Shen Yun,” he said.

An Expression of Hope for the Future

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Chen Jinglin, director and co-founder of Tennii with his wife at the performance in Taichung on April 6

“This demonstrates a highly artistic synchronization. From the entire stage, costumes, props, to the sound effects, they were all displayed very completely,” said Chen Jinglin, director and co-founder of Tennii, a natural dyeing studio.

Speaking of Shen Yun’s portrayal of different ethnic groups, Mr. Chen said that it demonstrated “high inclusion” and “thoroughly presented the essence.”

Mr. Chen thought Shen Yun’s colors show “advanced use of colors, because they are well-balanced and classic.”

“This effect is splendid and joyful,” he said. “An expression of hope for the future.”

Designer: “Familiar, Secure, and Serene”

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Tsai Bingru, executive director at a design company

“Two or three seconds after the curtain was raised, I began shedding tears because I had this very familiar, secure, and serene feeling,” said Ms. Tsai, the executive director at a design company, after the performance in Tainan on April 1.

“I cannot find words to describe it. All I know is that I had this feeling of ‘I am finally home,’” she said. “You can have such a sensation only when you are at Shen Yun.”

Ms. Tsai thought the costumes were “visually very rich” and they “not only give people a sense of tranquility, but also convey a message of compassion and peace.”

“You have different inspirations, which may soften your heart, allowing you to appreciate and treasure things more,” she said of the different vignettes.

Legislator: “Grasps the Essence of Chinese Tradition”

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Legislator Apollo Chen, the head of Cultural Arts in Taoyuan

“My salute to Shen Yun’s general director,” said legislator Apollo Chen, who was the head of Cultural Arts in Taoyuan. He attended the performance with his wife Ms. Liang in Taoyuan on April 15.

“The attempt to combine different art forms allows its audience to have a fresh and unique experience,” Mr. Chen said.

He commented that the performance “grasps the essence of Chinese tradition through the art of dance.”

Ms. Liang believed that Shen Yun’s artists are special in that they can “hold onto their belief in Chinese culture.”

“Shen Yun did it. They hold on to the traditions and demonstrate great courage. I think what Shen Yun stands for is beautiful, and real,” she explained.

Took Us to Another World

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Uma Viswanathan (second to left), brings a party of eight from India to Taoyuan, Taiwan to see Shen Yun

“We were enthralled…It was a divine experience that we had,” said Uma Viswanathan, the head of projects at the NalandaWay Foundation. She attended the performance in Taoyuan with a party of eight that flew in from India.

“It was wonderful,” she said. “It actually took us to another world.”

She wanted to thank the artistic director of Shen Yun, “He’s doing an amazing job, making so many people happy and feel peaceful at the same time.”

“I don’t think the distance matters…So looking forward to next year,” she said that she wouldn’t mind making that 2,600 mile trip again. “If I can bring some children with me, I’ll be blessed.”

Shen Yun will continue its Asian tour with performances in Osaka, Japan, April 22; Tokyo, Japan, April 24-26; Jeonju, South Korea, April 30-May 1; and Ulsan, South Korea, May 3-4. For more information on tickets and dates, please visit http://shenyun.com.

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USA: Shen Yun “Exudes Grace and Nobility” in Eight States

April 15, 2016 | By Minghui correspondent Xia Yanchu

(Minghui.org) Two of Shen Yun Performing Arts’ four companies performed 40 shows in 11 U.S. cities throughout 8 states from March 19 to April 10, 2016.

Local presenters in Long Beach, CA and Seattle, WA added shows one month prior to meet the demand. Performances in San Diego, CA, Claremont, CA, Thousand Oaks, CA, Austin, TX, Kansas City, MO, and Phoenix, AZ were also sold out.

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Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company’s curtain call at the Terrace Theater in Long Beach, CA, on March 20, 2016

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Shen Yun’s Touring Company at the Marion Oliver McCaw Hall in Seattle, WA on April 9

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Shen Yun is performing 31 shows from March 19 to April 30 in seven cities in Southern California. Up to March 17, 93 elected officials in California have extended greeting letters to welcome the performing arts company

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Greeting letter from Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor of West Virginia

Grammy-nominated Composer: “Grace and Nobility”

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Freddie Ravel, Grammy-nominated composer, at the Terrace Theater in Long Beach, CA on March 20

“There’s something very genuine and authentic about the experience,” said Freddie Ravel, a Grammy-nominated composer. “Everyone exudes grace and nobility, the things that our world needs more of.”

“There was a lot to touch the heart. There is a tremendous graciousness that is present throughout the entire performance,” he said.

“The blend of East and West is magical,” he was surprised to find similarities between Shen Yun’s music and Western music. “I was struck by the connection between the Asian music, the Chinese music, and some of the Western music we’ve written in the United States.”

Television Host: “The Most Heavenly Experience”

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Television and radio host “Dr. Sky” Steve Kates, at the performance in Phoenix, AZ

“It’s a spiritual, peaceful, and absorbing experience,” said television and radio host “Dr. Sky” Steve Kates. He described the show as “the most heavenly experience that I’ve seen in a long time.”

“The choreography is beautiful. The costumes are absolutely fantastic…I think it’s absolutely spectacular,” said Mr. Kates.

“I feel like my troubles have just walked away from me and just taken off,” he added. “I’m grateful to be here.”

“Incredible” and “Awe Inspiring”

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Dr. Gayla Kalp Jackson, Miss Senior California 2014, at the Fred Kavli Theatre in Thousand Oaks, CA on March 23

“It is an experience that you would not get anywhere else,” said Dr. Gayla Kalp Jackson, Miss Senior California 2014. “It’s just awe inspiring.”

“The people just float. I mean, the choreography is incredible, and the story line—beautiful, beautiful,” she expressed her amazement.

“I was like a baby being born. I was in awe of the costuming and the dancing, and it taught me so much about the Chinese culture,” Dr. Jackson added.

Orchestra Co-founder: “Moving” and “Dream-like”

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Laura Vahl-Gillespie, Certified Public Accountant and also a co-founder of the California Philharmonic, at the performance in Thousand Oaks, CA on March 22

“The music and the dance just coordinated so well together that it’s just amazing,” said Laura Vahl-Gillespie, a co-founder of the California Philharmonic. “I’m thoroughly enjoying it.”

“I think their discipline is incredible,” Ms. Vahl-Gillespie said. “Their skill level is excellent… They’re all so talented and skilled and disciplined.”

“But everything…it’s just kind of the whole mood of it, is spiritual,” she said. “It’s kind of somewhat dream-like. It really is very moving.”

Shen Yun will continue its tour of the United States with performances inCosta Mesa, CA, April 12–17; Portland, OR, April 12–14; Davenport, IA, April 17; Northridge, CA, April 19–20; and Los Angeles, CA, April 23–24. For more information on tickets and dates, please visit http://shenyun.com.

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Shen Yun Carries “Hope for the World” Across Five U.S. States

March 19, 2016 | By Minghui correspondent Zhang Yun

(Minghui.org) In the first two weeks of March, two of the four touring companies of Shen Yun presented 23 performances in five U.S. states including New York, Colorado, Indiana, Illinois, and Texas.

Shen Yun Performing Arts returned to the Lincoln Center for a second round of twelve shows March 2-13. Attendees expressed amazement for the skillful presentation of the performance.

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Curtain call at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on March 13, 2016

Fashion Model: “Outstanding” and “Perfect”

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Fashion model Carmen Dell’Orefice and Annette Green, founder of Fragrance Foundation, at the Lincoln Center on March 5

“It is outstanding,” said fashion model Carmen Dell’Orefice. “Each and every dancer could have been the solo dancer.”

“They work together as one. And each one is as perfect as the person you put up front,” she added.

“The visualization is quite beautiful….Really quite a spectacular experience,” said Annette Green, founder of Fragrance Foundation.

Broadway Choreographer: “An Incredible Presentation of Pageantry”

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Josh Prince, Broadway choreographer and artistic director for the Broadway Dance Lab at the Lincoln Center on March 5

“A sensational, beautiful explanation of Chinese culture,” said Josh Prince, Broadway choreographer and artistic director for the Broadway Dance Lab. “This was an incredible presentation of pageantry and the Chinese culture throughout the ages.”

“What they show so well is the ability for large groups of dancers to come together, almost breathe together, work together, make formations together,” said Mr. Prince, who described the experience as really moving and inspiring.

“It’s also nice to see a company who’s trying to upkeep the history of Chinese dance and the culture of China,” he added.

Hope for the World

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Drummer Johnny Diaz, at Indianapolis’s Clowes Memorial Hall on the campus of Butler University on March 9

“I feel rejuvenated, wonderful, hope for the world,” said drummer Johnny Diaz after seeing the performance in Indianapolis on March 9.

“The quality of dance, the quality of the musicians, the quality of precision, the dancers interacting with each other and the music interacting with the performers… It’s beautiful,” Mr. Diaz said.

“It’s just too much to say. They were just outstanding and uplifting and I would like to see it again many times,” he added.

“Genuine Manifestation” of Traditional Chinese Culture

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John Su and Amy Liu, students from China who attended the performance at the Lincoln Center on March 5

“Today, I’ve seen it. I’m very touched,” said John Su, a student at Stony Brook University who attended the Shen Yun performance at the Lincoln Center with his friend Amy Liu. “There is a reason why China was called the Divine Land.”

“[Shen Yun] truly brings out the notion of divine culture transmitted from the heavens,” Amy Liu said. “I think that if one really calms down and watches the show, you can really experience the genuine manifestation of your tradition and your ancestors’ 5,000-year-old culture.”

“I believe that this show will definitely play in China one day. For sure,” Ms. Liu added.

Shen Yun will continue its tour of the United States with performances inSan Antonio, TX, March 18–20; Long Beach, CA, March 19–20; Austin, TX, March 21–22; and Thousand Oaks, CA, March 22–23. For more information on tickets and dates, please visit http://shenyun.com.

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Shen Yun Presents Stories of Hope and Inspiration across the United States

January 16, 2016 | By Minghui correspondent Xu Jing

(Minghui.org) Shen Yun Performing Arts opened its 2016 season with four touring companies criss-crossing the United States, performing in four cities and three states simultaneously. Audiences from San Jose to San Francisco and Detroit to Dallas have resonated with the show’s profound messages and beautiful traditional culture presented through each masterful production.

From January 1-10, Shen Yun performed 26 shows in San Jose, California, Detroit, Michigan, Dallas, Texas, and San Francisco, California, often to sold-out houses.

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Shen Yun performance at the Detroit Opera House on January 2, 2016

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Shen Yun banner outside the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, CA

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Curtain call at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts in California

An Exquisite Spiritual Initiation

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Sisters Lynn Pentz, event producer (right), and Rene Besold (left), former director of human resources and training

“Deeply inspiring…Exquisite. Just a magnificent piece of art,” said event producer Lynn Pentz, who attended the performance with her sister Rene Besold.

“It speaks to the highest in us. Here is the heart and the soul being uplifted in the art,” Ms. Pentz said.

Her sister Rene, a former director of human resources and training, also thoroughly enjoyed the show. “It was deep and profound. It is really a remarkable experience,” she said. “That’s probably the finest overall performance in its totality that I’ve ever seen.”

“It was really what I would call an exquisite spiritual initiation. This is totally aligned with my heart and soul,” she added.

A Healing for Anyone

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Computer technician Harold Pernell and wife Lana at War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco on January 9

“It’s like a healing for anyone,” said Harold Pernell, a computer technician. For Mr. Pernell, Shen Yun came “just in time to make you happy, to enlighten you.”

His wife Lana Pernell would like to say to the performers and producers, “We appreciate it and we really needed it in our times. Thank you.”

“We are living in difficult times and hard times, and we need to grow spiritually to survive in this world,” she added.

Mr. Pernell believes that Shen Yun does not represent only one culture. For him, the show’s message is “good for all cultures, because we are all a part of mankind.”

Presenting Messages Pertinent to This Time

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Automotive efficiency expert Roberta Hammond and husband Richard at the Detroit Opera House on January 3

“I was breathless. What a way to start the New Year! I want to remember everything in the show and apply it to my own life,” said Roberta Hammond, an automotive efficiency expert.

Shen Yun’s messages had a special appeal to her. “It’s okay to believe in something bigger than ourselves. What a great message for right now—the times we live in. Just try to understand and go within and be strong, and sometimes the right things will come along to help you,” she said.

“I’m going to come back every year,” Mrs. Hammond added.

“Powerful” and “Hopeful”

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John Gwynne Prosser II, President of NeuroTrauma Association, and Sofia Bong, a physical therapist

“Awesome…I love it. It touches my heart. I recommend that everybody come see this show,” said John Gwynne Prosser II, President of NeuroTrauma Association.

Mr. Prosser was especially touched by the inner meaning of the performance. “The message is powerful. It’s a beautiful message. I love that it’s hopeful,” he said.

Highest Aspects of the Beauty of the Chinese Culture

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Architect Michael Barrette

For architect Michael Barrette, Shen Yun is “an ancient art form brought into today’s world,” and it “represents the higher aspects of the beauty of the Chinese culture.”

“It’s an experience that connects me to something higher. There’s almost a connection between the heavenly realm and the audience throughout the show. And the dancers were really bringing their beautiful divine dance and nature,” Mr. Barrette explained.

He also shared his inspiration from the show, “It’s actually possible to bring our divine nature into our human experience. And that’s what’s happening right now. And that’s the future that we’re all co-creating together. Not alone, but with the help of the beings in the heavenly realms as well.”

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Shen Yun received welcome letters from 46 elected officials in California, including five congressmen, ten state representatives and senators, and 31 city-level officials.

Shen Yun will continue its United States tour with performances in New York City on January 14-17, Atlanta, Georgia on January 15-17, Fresno, California on January 16-17, and Jacksonville, Florida on January 16-17. For more information on tickets and dates, please visit http://shenyun.com.

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Category: Shen Yun Performing Arts