Shen Yun’s Stunning Opening Show at Radio City

NEW YORK—Bursting with color and vitality, the stage at Radio City Music Hall in New York came alive with the Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company Saturday afternoon. The first show to celebrate the arrival of the Lunar New Year and Year of the Tiger had the audience enthralled. The audience enthusiastically called for an encore from soprano Geng Haolan, who sang “Reaching the Other Shore” initially and then “Awakening” to follow up.

Midge Pych, director of the Family Resource Center in Connecticut, said the show was wonderful.

“It’s definitely worth seeing—very colorful, and in a way you definitely could remember it later on,” she said at intermission. “It was quick moving and colorful, and the background scenes are wonderful.”

The digital backdrops at Shen Yun bring classical Chinese dance into the 21st century, giving each scene added visual depth and grandeur. From majestic celestial palaces to sprawling Mongolian grasslands, each backdrop is designed to match a dance’s costumes, story line, lighting, and choreography.

Using Chinese classical dance and music, stories from ancient China through today are performed in handmade silk costumes.

“When it tells a story, nobody is talking and you know what the story is,” Ms. Pych said. “It’s like what they did with the tiger, and he drank three glasses of wine. There was no vocabulary, there was just the music and the movement.”

The dance Ms. Pych refers to is Wu Song Battles the Tiger. In this scene from one of China’s most beloved novels, Outlaws of the Marsh, a man-eating tiger plagues a small village that borders a forest.

On the outskirts of town lies an inn whose alcohol is so potent that a sign proclaims, “Three Bowls of Wine and You Have to Stay the Night.” Hunters who try to take on the tiger fail. But when a village man is killed, the mighty Wu Song decides to stalk the beast himself. After imbibing a full three bowls at the inn he stumbles off the save the day.


Twelve Arrested in California for Disrupting Israeli Ambassador’s Speech

by Genevieve Long for The Epoch Times

Two high ranking Israeli officials were heckled during speeches at universities on opposite sides of the world on Monday and Tuesday.

At the University of California at Irvine (UCI) campus on Monday night, 12 people were arrested after disrupting a speech by Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren. On Tuesday, Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon’s speech at Oxford University in London was disrupted when protesters yelled at Ayalon during his speech and waved a Palestinian flag.

Those arrested for disturbing the peace included 12 students from UCI, UC Riverside and other institutions

The hecklers, who were part of a large group sitting together, yelled things like “propagating murder is not an expression of free speech,” and “you sir, are accomplice to genocide.” Every person who stood up to yell at the Ambassador was immediately taken out of the auditorium and arrested. One woman yelled, “When I go to the West Bank I get treated like crap!” as she was being escorted out to the building.

Many of the slogans were impossible to hear over the screaming, clapping encouragement from members of the group.

Scores of audience members shouted and gestured at the group of hecklers, cheering when the group left the auditorium.

Ambassador Oren, who was speaking on the historical relationship between America and Israel, was forced to stop less than two minutes into his speech and left the podium several times because of hecklers. At one point after returning to the podium, Oren said, “It’s not London, it’s not Jerusalem, but it’s also not Tehran.”

The entire group, which was linked to the campus Muslim Student Union, was eventually removed from the premises. Many stayed in a group outside of the building, yelling, “Michael Oren you will see, Palestine will be free.”

See the video of Oren’s speech here:

Years After Fleeing Haiti, Reaching Out to Devastated Colleagues

by Genevieve Long for The Epoch Times

NEW YORK—For Haitians in the U.S., the aftermath of the recent earthquake in their native country has been a traumatic ordeal. As they try to reach friends, family, loved ones, and colleagues day after day, even making a simple phone call is almost impossible. And when a call does go through, the news is usually traumatic, horrible, and tragic.

In journalist Jean Roland Chery’s case, his immediate family—including his beloved mother—is safe, but living in dire straits like many Haitians. In early 2003, Chery was a reporter with Radio Haiti-Inter, and had to flee the country. His colleagues were being killed, not in the aftermath of a natural disaster, but by armed gunmen. After someone opened fire on his house one night, he escaped to New York City with the help of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). His wife and child followed soon after.

These days, seven years later, Chery can often be found in the CPJ office trying to get through to his colleagues still on the ground in Haiti. Working in cooperation with CPJ, he is searching for information about the number of dead, injured, and missing. But he’s also gathering a tally of destroyed or damaged equipment and buildings, lost archives, and other logistical needs of journalists.

Read the full story here