SALZBURG, Austria—The pandemic has had a huge impact on the world and people are ready to end it. However, some believe the virus hasn’t been all bad and may even change the world for the better.
After attending Shen Yun Performing Arts’ matinee performance on January 25, Dr. Martin Gollner, a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine, shared his opinion that the pandemic is no ordinary virus. Maybe there is more than meets the eye.
At least the virus doesn’t affect children and there hasn’t been a disease so far that doesn’t affect children.
“Maybe it’s a divine virus,” Gollner said. “At least the virus doesn’t affect children and there hasn’t been a disease so far that doesn’t affect children.”
Gollner attended Shen Yun with his wife, Julia Edtmayr, an independent attorney.
He shared that although he practices Chinese medicine, the show introduced him to the concept of the divine in China, something he thought no longer existed in China.
“I like that there is also a divine belief in China. I did not know this before and I am a Chinese doctor in training and I realized here today that the divine also plays a role in China and not just when it comes to the body,” Gollner said.
In Chinese medicine, the five elements are known to be connected to the five main organs of the body. However, there is a spiritual side to Chinese medicine that was lost after communism came to China.
“That aspect isn’t mentioned in my training, it’s always just wood and water…this theory of the elements, but the divine isn’t. And it’s new. And that communism actually destroyed this world is also new. And today we saw that the tradition should come back, so China has a chance,” he said.
Shen Yun is dedicated to bringing to life the beauty and spirituality of China through dance and music. The couple found there were great similarities in the spirituality presented in the show and in their own Christian belief.
“Yes, it’s very similar!” So the Creator came to earth – I am a Christian and so is my wife,” Gollner said.
He added that Shen Yun showed him that although China has been dominated by communism and everyone values their electronic devices, people there are still beings with their own thoughts and values. He shared his appreciation to Shen Yun for sharing this with the world.
“It’s great that Shen Yun is being broadcast around the world because I think we might have a bad image of China,” he said.
“We have the image that they are electronic people and diet driven, but they have a heart and a soul, exactly what is shown here. Every nation has its own traditions, its own dances and if you take that out, it won’t go well in the long run.
Ticket as a birthday present
Charlene Kopansky was also in the audience for the afternoon performance. She received the ticket as a birthday present and traveled from Munich to attend.
“It was full of color and the precision and choreography was incredible, as was each dancer’s skill and ability to coordinate,” Kopansky said.
“There is a lot of liveliness in the performance and the level of fitness was amazing,” she said. “The music was also very, very good.”
As someone who has practiced modern jazz dance before, she was impressed by the talent of the performers.
“So much energy – the jumps and turns and leaps and player interaction,” she said. “Those who were dancing were also playing, so I thought it was very, very good and very lively.”
“The stories will touch you”
Helmut Hahn, a hotel owner from Bavaria, was also in the audience. He said he was impressed with the diversity of Shen Yun’s programs.
“The real beauty is the artistry of the dancers – how well they dance, how much they move. And the stories are also very engaging,” Hahn said.
“You can’t imagine in advance that the stories will affect you so much, there are always different ones. You think, when you’ve seen one, there can’t be much else but something else comes up,” he said.
“It’s very diverse and it’s fun. I am very excited.”
Hahn also remarked on the show’s efforts to showcase the goodness in humanity, adding that he would like his children to experience Shen Yun as well.
“I think it’s going really well… You can tell these people have feelings. And that’s actually the most important thing, that’s what gets lost quite often,” he said.
“Above all, I will make efforts for my children to come and see it for themselves.
Reporting by Yu Ping, Qing Rui and Maria Han.
The old times is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. We have covered audience reactions since the establishment of Shen Yun in 2006.