Shen Yun is back in Turin, Italy. Local officials welcomed the performers with a reception at the historic Palazzo Lascaris, a Baroque-style Palace where the Piedmont regional council meets, on Monday.
Stefano Allasia is president of the Piedmont regional council. He shared his appreciation of Shen Yun’s efforts to revive traditional Chinese culture.
“It’s really admirable what Shen Yun Artists set out to do when embarking on this project. A real mission to bring back to life traditional Chinese culture that existed before communism—through the beauty of art—and to share it with all other countries around the world,” said Mr. Allasia.
“The melody and the movement of coordinated bodies become incredible amplifiers to send clear messages of beauty, of history, of dignity, of the defence of human and civil rights—of love and freedom,” he added.
Turin is the third-largest city in Italy and the capital of The Piedmont region. Shen Yun artists shared their excitement in returning to the city.
“Today we are in Torino, Italy, one of the well-springs of the West’s artistic and cultural heritage,” said Jared Madsen, the master of ceremonies at Shen Yun’s New York company. “Shen Yun comes to share the essence of Chinese culture with the great people of Torino. It has been over 10 years since Shen Yun has been to Torino, and we couldn’t be more excited to return and share our performance.”
“Today, I’m here with Shen Yun, sharing my own culture with the Italian people,” said Angelia Wang, a principal dancer in Shen Yun’s New York company.
“Seeing Torino’s great beauty and its culture, [I] instantly felt drawn to it. I see a connection between each divinely inspired culture, and Italian culture is just that,” she added.
“In my 13 years with Shen Yun, this is my fourth time performing in Italy, and I have to admit that Italy is one of the most beautiful countries in the world,” said Piotr Huang, a principal dancer in Shen Yun’s New York company.
“Its rich culture and love for the arts is something that we both have in common,” he added.
Shen Yun’s return was met with an overwhelming response and sold-out performances.
Giampiero Leo is president of the Association for Tibet and Human Rights. He is also an adviser to the Steering Committee of the Royal Opera House of Turin.
He appreciated Shen Yun’s presentation of the oldest culture in the world that was destroyed by communism, and that it brings out the importance of spirituality.
“I was saying, beyond the skill, and the great artistic ability—is the sense that the content, the heart of what you express—we consider indispensable for the civilization in these years, these decades, and this century,” said Mr. Leo.
The regional Councillor for Culture, Tourism and Commerce Vittoria Poggio welcomed Shen Yun and delivered a speech on behalf of the regional president:
“We are proud to have you in Turin and many important steps have been taken. What is the value of a population? It’s the traditions, customs and culture. And above all the possibility of being able to communicate and spread it,” said Mr. Poggio.
“And above all, I wish you a good show week, because this time it is you who, enrich us in Turin and Piedmont. Thank you all and have a successful week,” she added.
Shen Yun will perform in Turin from April 18 to 23.
NTD News, Turin, Italy.