Shen Yun Enchanting Audiences Worldwide

Divine Art—A Window Into the Genius of Shen Yun Performing Arts,

All but lost in the East, the essence of an age-old culture rises in the West. This is Part 9 of a nine-part series that explores traditional Chinese culture to reveal a deeper understanding of the genius of New York-based classical Chinese dance company Shen Yun Performing Arts. View the whole series HERE.
A colorful display of thousand of years of Chinese culture amazed audience members attending a sold-out performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company at the David H. Koch Theater in the Lincoln Center, New York. (Dai Bing/The Epoch Times)
It would seem nearly unattainable to “revive 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture” as is stated in New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts’ mission statement. Yet with three equally large touring dance companies simultaneously crisscrossing the world, Shen Yun has been doing just that, earning new fans from all walks of life one show at a time since 2006.

Last year, Shen Yun traveled to 100 cities in 30 countries, and is pushing even further in 2012.

Last weekend alone, Shen Yun wowed tens of thousands of audience members in three of North America’s most important cultural centers: New York, Los Angeles, and Toronto. Sold-out shows led audience members to gush—including CEOs, those from the arts and fashion communities, and government officials—Shen Yun enchanted them all.

This begs the question how a performance can be hailed by such a diverse set of people? Therein lies the magic of Shen Yun. It appeals equally to people of all nationalities, ages, and professions.

Such wide appeal is the sign of truly universal artistic work that combines the best of what is modern and what is traditional. While the highest standards for the dancers and musicians are met in the most traditional ways, Shen Yun also incorporates the best of innovation—utilizing groundbreaking visual effects that accentuate and thrill.

Below is a sampling of audience feedback from the performances held Jan. 11–15 in Los Angeles, New York City, and Toronto.

Los Angeles
Sean O'Bryne and Kym Wilson, were among the enchanted theatergoers at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Friday night, for the sold-out opening performance of Shen Yun. (Courtesy of SOH Radio Network)

Falun Gong Practitioners Hold Peaceful Protests in Thirteen Countries Simultaneously (Photos)

(Clearwisdom.net) On January 27, Falun Gong practitioners from 13 countries in Europe, Asia, and North America held peaceful protests in front of their local Chinese embassies between 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. They protested the ongoing 12-year persecution of Falun Gong and called upon the public to pay more attention to what is taking place in China.

In the Republic of Latvia, ten practitioners held banners in the snow in front of the Chinese Embassy in Riga.

Protest in Riga, Republic of Latvia

In Serbia, practitioners gave truth-clarifying information to the receptionist at the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade, and asked her to give it to the ambassador. She promised to do so.

Protest in Belgrade

In Croatia, a young Chinese man saw practitioners doing the Falun Gong exercises. He asked what they were doing, and practitioners told him that they were protesting against the persecution. The young man asked if they would tell him in the future if they hold activities again. He took pictures, and accepted a copy of the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party.

Protest in Zagreb, Croatia

Protest in Budapest, Hungary

In Greece, practitioners passed out materials at a book fair in downtown Athens and talked to the visitors about Falun Gong and the persecution. On January 29, practitioners went to Kalamata, a famous tourist spot, to clarify the truth to the visitors.

Protest in front of the Chinese Embassy in Athens 

In Slovakia, practitioners held a candlelight vigil in front of the Chinese Embassy in Bratislava. They held banners calling for an end to the persecution. Practitioners clarified the truth to passersby. Congressman Ondrej Dostal joined the protest, expressing his support to Falun Gong.

On January 28, practitioners held activities in downtown Bratislava. They passed out materials and collected signatures of support. Some people told the practitioners that they were very willing to sign the petition because they felt that this is what they should do. Many said that the communist party is really evil, and should not exist.

Congressman Ondrej Dostal (at right) joined the protest in front of the Chinese Embassy in Bratislava 

In the Czech Republic, a concert with the theme of supporting Falun Gong was held at Valdstejnský Palac. Many artists and VIPs attended the concert. Some of them also attended the protest held in front of the Chinese Embassy at noon.

Practitioners from Bosnia, Poland, Romania, Indonesia, Mexico and Brazil also held peaceful protests, calling for an end to the persecution in China.

Posting date: 2/7/2012
Category: Rallies and Protests
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