By a Clearwisdom reporter
(Clearwisdom.net) Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company put on the last show in McCaw Hall at Seattle Center, in downtown Seattle at 7:30 p.m. on February 8, 2012. Despite the CCP’s interference leading up to the show, the performance went on as planned, to the audience’s delight. The artists answered three curtain calls at the end of the show, and were met with a standing ovation.
According to an overseas media report, on January 8, a few weeks ahead of the Shen Yun performance in Seattle, Gao Zhansheng, the Chinese Consul General in San Francisco, sent a letter to a Seattle City Council member, claiming that a Shen Yun performance would “undermine the Sino-U.S. relationship.” The letter asked the council member not to send a congratulatory letter, not to provide a proclamation for Shen Yun, not to attend the performance and not to give interviews to related media outlets about Shen Yun.
On January 25, the council member exposed the letter to the presenter of the Shen Yun performance. The presenter then provided a photocopy of the letter that intended to interfere with the performance, as well as proclamations that Shen Yun has received from different countries and governments and other materials, to local media outlets.
On January 27, more than a hundred people from San Francisco gathered in front of the Chinese Consulate and protested the CCP’s interference with cultural events on American soil and their attempt to extend the persecution outside of China.
On the afternoon of January 30, Seattle TV King 5 made a report on this incident and spent quite some time introducing Shen Yun.
City Council members stated that they would not be influenced by the CCP’s pressure. Several said that they were surprised when they read the letter, and found its remarks and tone to be very inappropriate. One council member said that his friends and family would go to attend the Shen Yun performance, and that he was considering going himself.
Spokesperson Ms. Wang for the presenter of the Shen Yun performance in San Francisco said that Gao Zhansheng’s act has damaged the sovereignty of the United States. Paul Currier, San Francisco city mayoral candidate, said that the CCP officials’ interference with the U.S. foreign affairs is in vain. Shen Yun Performing Arts’ 2012 tour in the U.S. has been a great success.
Visual Arts Writer: “Radiant peace”
Regina Hackett, a visual arts writer, attended the show and was blown away. When asked about how the performance made her feel, Ms. Hackett raved, “I loved it. It was innovative, beautiful, harmonious, and very skilled… It had a wonderful range of stories, both traditional and contemporary.”
Ms. Hackett then went on to point out a particular piece that depicted Falun Gong practitioners being attacked by police, “Even in the face of such injustice, you can find some radiant peace inside you, and be strong.”
Composer: “It blew me away”
Charles-Henri Avelange, wife, and friends
Charles-Henri Avelange, a composer, best known for his symphonic musical scores, attended the performance with his wife and friends. Mr. Avelange said about the performance, “I want to say it is absolutely wonderful. I was definitely amazed by the quality of the performance of the musicians and the synchronization of the choreography with the dancers, it blew me away.” This was his wife’s third time attending the show, and she enjoyed it immensely, as well.
Chinese version available at http://www.minghui.org/mh/articles/2012/2/12/中共特务干扰未遂-西雅图神韵演出好评如潮-252977.html