PARIS—Christophe Lauvergeon is a straightforward man. This banking executive, a former student of École Polytechnique and a mining civil engineer in Paris, has worked for several French banks. He now manages securitization at a local banking institution.
On Thursday evening, he and his wife and daughters discovered the rich traditional Chinese culture displayed in Shen Yun Performing Arts.
“Let me be absolutely clear: I don’t like dance at all. I have a wife and daughters who absolutely, often want to drag me there. Obviously, that’s what they did tonight … Now, I only saw the first part, but I must say that I liked it!” Lauvergeon told NTD Television at the Palais des Congrès in Paris on May 9.
“I found it very charming, very beautiful, very professional,” he said.
“At no time is it boring … And then, there was a moment which was my favorite because I really like Chinese porcelain: it’s when the young girls were dancing with vases on their head, they didn’t break a single one! And I was very scared for them, I’m quite impressed!” he said, referring to a classical dance vignette entitled “Porcelain in the Balance.” The practice of transporting heavy objects atop the head is an ancient one, and native to China for thousands of years. Despite the fragile vases balanced above the dancers’ heads, they danced with every bit of grace and technical prowess as any other vignette.
In addition to the cultural aspect, Christophe Lauvergeon was also moved by a dance depicting scenes from contemporary China, including those revealing the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners by the Chinese communist regime.
“I think it’s a very light show, which at the same time exposes the truth! Because there are also things about China today that are said and which are true, unfortunately … I think that’s courageous, and it’s a pleasure, we need it in the contemporary world,” he said.
According to Lauvergeon, Shen Yun allow us to reconnect to traditional values.
“We all need traditions, because I think we are all heirs of a world, that was perhaps more or less harsh, but also had great artists, exceptional things. We need that world in order to be able to face the world to come,” he said.
With reporting by NTD Television.
The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time and has covered audience reactions since the company’s inception in 2006.