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Shen Yun Surprises the Audience in Stockholm
Shen Yun successfully finished its six performances in Stockholm, Sweden, on Jan. 6. Audience members were awestruck by its production. "I'm really blown away," said Caroline Roth. "I think … I've never seen anything like this before." Roth is a marketing director and brand consultant engaged with working on leading international brands. She saw Shen Yun on Jan. 3 and was very impressed by the choreography. Roth said that this production is something "out of the ordinary." "From the fingertips down to the toe-tips, you can really see how everything is just gracious. It's very fluid, very beautiful." "Flawless. Totally amazing," said Maria Bertlin, a former ballet dancer. She was impressed by the dancer's technique. "They float across the stage; they make no sound when they're jumping and landing." "The girls are so incredibly elegant, and the guys as well. So skilled." The dances are accompanied by a live orchestra that blends the classical music traditions of the East and the West. Maria Eklund, a well-known Swedish conductor, was especially impressed by the Chinese erhu instrument. "Amazing. Both the orchestra, the instruments, the balance was great," said Eklund. "The erhu instrument reminds [me] of violin, but the pentatonics and the tone is a bit different. And it's also very precise." "The artist was amazing. She was so professional, and the nuances were very sober, I would say." Shen Yun presents traditional values through stories from ancient legends to those set in modern-day China. Audience members praised Shen Yun for showing those values to the world. "I learned many new things today, both as a professional and as an audience," added Eklund. "What was interesting for me to see that somebody dares to do something really beautiful these days. Not to break down the tradition and the form but to try to build it up." The audience was also struck by the story about the current persecution of Falun Dafa, a spiritual discipline that focuses on meditation and moral improvement. "It's so important that you have this [piece] because so few people are actually aware that this is happening, that is has been going on," said Bertlin. "When they told me that you're not going to experience any of this as we've seen today, in China, and it strikes me," added Roth. "This is a heritage that you're supposed to be so proud of, and the fact that you cannot see it yourself in China is really sad because it's beautiful." NTD News, Stockholm, Sweden.