Salzburg Deputy State Gov.: ‘Remarkable’ to ‘Immerse Yourself in a Culture’

February 16, 2024

Shen Yun packed the Salzburg theater, Großes Festspielhaus, on Feb. 10 and 11. Audience members said they were in awe over seeing traditional Chinese culture brought to life on stage.

“They are extraordinary artists. The performance is really a visual feast,” said Martin Brunner, the regional sales manager of Chopard Deutschland GmbH.

“Yes, wonderful. I think the music and the dances are unique. So you really immerse yourself in a culture that is foreign to us. That’s quite remarkable, so nice in Salzburg,” said Stefan Schnöll, the deputy state governor of Salzburg.

“The performance was dreamlike, beautiful. What was intoxicating and amazing was that the dance was so light, elegant, and precise, and the movements were coordinated,” said Anita Doppler, a former ballet dancer.

Shen Yun’s mission is to revive 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture. Along with stories of ancient legends, the company shines a light on communist China’s modern persecution of faith.

“I have the highest respect for Shen Yun dancers and the choreographers. I hope they can continue to work hard to present this work of art to all mankind,” said Carina Hammerschmidt, a dance teacher and model.

“Artists are very brave. They boldly show the story of persecution to the world. This is absolutely right. People should and must defend oneself from such [persecution]. I also almost shed a tear when watching that part of the show,” said Philip Kesmarki, a violinist and dancer.

Chinese culture and values are believed to be deeply rooted in divinity and spirituality. Shen Yun showcases these beliefs through the medium of classical Chinese dance and music.

“Yes, absolutely. I think that doesn’t happen enough in our society today, where everything is so rational and people are constantly trying to explain everything. And yet this spirituality has been brought so prominently onto the stage,” said Mr. Schnöll.

“The divine was actually transparent in many areas. As such, there were certainly religious moments in it. A lot of history that has worked together. And the final image was actually divine,” said Albert von Schirnding, the vice president of the German Academy of Literature.

Shen Yun has scheduled six shows at the Forum am Schlosspark in Ludwigsburg, Germany from Feb. 14 to 18.

NTD News, Salzburg, Austria.