Voices of Support
The Shen Yun Performing Arts concluded three shows at the Teatr Wielki / Great Theatre in Lodz, Poland on June 14-16, 2010, bringing several standing ovations and curtain calls. Among the many distinguished guests in the audience was opera singer Andrzej Jurkiewicz (pictured with Shen Yun tenor Yuan Qu).
Shen Yun Performing Arts met with heart warming applause as it presented its premiere performance to Turin, Italy. The New York-based artists were welcomed by a very responsive audience at the Teatro Regio on Tuesday June 8, with several standing ovations and three curtain calls. Sir Sette was visibly amazed and moved by the show and said it was "fantastic".
A wonderful Mediterranean evening and a warm response from the audience welcomed the first performance of the Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company in Athens on Thursday, June 3. Lola Dafae, the public relations manager of Star Channel, a large Greek TV broadcaster, attended Shen Yun at the Badminton Theatre. Ms. Dafae enjoyed Shen Yun "very much".
A last minute change of venue could not deter Shen Yun Performing Arts as the New York-based company continues its 2010 World Tour. It is making history while delighted audiences around the globe bear witness as the artists resurrect China's ancient culture. Mr. Ghiolman found Shen Yun "really fantastic", exclaiming, "all my friends who were with me were really shocked and touched."
Commenting on the spiritual message of Shen Yun, Mr. Papadopoulos said, "I think it's the positive message of the dances. If one thinks of the tradition and the spirit that was needed for all of this to be preserved for 5,000 years, when you see it today, you realize there is definitely a strong spirit in order for it to survive this long."
Enthusiastic applause and joyful laughter resonated through the Badminton Theatre in Athens on the evening of Thursday, June 3, 2010, responding to the first of two shows from Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company. Deputy Mayor of Education Irene Papageorgiou attended the performance. "I was really impressed. It's a fantastic show! It's so colourful, with wonderful music! The male and female dancers are fantastic."
Gülsen Tuncer, a film and theatre artist and academic, was in the audience for the Istanbul show. "We know that the Chinese culture is a very [deeply] rooted, ancient, colourful and sophisticated culture," the artist said. "What we have seen and what amazes me with this show is how they combined the Chinese tradition with technology."
Shen Yun Performing Arts staged three shows at Lutfi Kirdar Congre Centre's Anadolu Auditorium, in the ancient city of Istanbul, Turkey. In attendance was Dr. Münci Kalayolu, an internationally renowned organ transplant surgeon and chairman of the Department of Surgery at Memorial Hospital in Istanbul. "I loved it a lot."
On Friday 21st May, Shen Yun Performing Arts performed at the auspicious Anadolu Auditorium. Enjoying the performance was engineer Ismael Cinar. "This show was a magical music and dance combination.
When I see a show, I'm looking for centralization... But this was good. It's incredible."
Florence Clavier is a stopover director for an airline company at the Geneva airport. She travelled over an hour from Geneva to see the Shen Yun Performing Arts show on May 15. This was her third time seeing Shen Yun. "The first time was magic, the second was also magic, and the third was even more magic!" After the show, she said, "I leave from there rejuvenated, rested."
Former ballerina Monique Deval was moved to tears after watching the Shen Yun Performing Arts show at the Aula Magna on Saturday May 8, 2010. "It is absolutely fabulous! Fabulous! Moving! It is extraordinary, they are all so full of beauty and lightness--I had tears in my eyes," she said. "It was all so extraordinary, this show."
Ms. Kristina László wanted to see Shen Yun after attending a reception in Parliament promoting the show. She and her mum, Ilona, attended in honour of her mother's 60th birthday. The ladies loved the show and thought Shen Yun was a great way to mark the occasion. Ms. László said joyfully, "We celebrated like this."
From April 30 to May 9, 2010, Shen Yun Performing Arts has been bringing the beauty and pageantry of ancient Chinese culture to the stage of the Aula Magna Theatre in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, near the EU capital of Brussels. Mr. Alvaro Guillen Lazo, who helps support the EU Parliament, came to the show with his wife and two children.
"This show has opened my mind to Chinese culture, the richness of this country, the diversity of everything that can be seen as cultural richness, the dances, the colours, mostly the differences between regions, because, depending on the scenes, some things would come from North, or Mongolia, or South, or the lakes area."
Patrice Neuenschwander, cultural delegate of the city of Neuchatel, joined the enthusiastic audience and expressed his delight in the show. "This is a truly magical show, the colours are really extraordinary, the costumers are fantastic, the technique of both the male and female dancers are also quite remarkable. It's really a beautiful spectacular."
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