Academy Award Winner Richard Harris on Shen Yun: ‘The whole production was fantastic’


Veteran film editor Richard Harris, who won an Oscar for his work on the “Titanic”, was deeply impressed by Shen Yun Performing Arts which he saw on March 25 in Santa Barbara, California.

“The Dancing, the backgrounds, everything, the costumes, the whole production was fantastic,” Mr. Harris said.

He also praised Shen Yun’s orchestra, which combines traditional Chinese instruments and classical Western instruments, saying that the music is powerful.

“It was emotional, it had a lot of emotion in it, and it rang true. It rang to be China, it said China. Just the music—I’ve listened to Chinese music and I could catch the instruments, everything that they were saying.”

Mr. Harris said the performance leaves the audience with a good feeling.

“It makes me feel good, really good,” he said.

Mr. Harris’s wife, Pamela, a film producer herself, said she loved the music as well.

“I thought the music was perfect. I thought it was really, really perfect instrumentation, and it was seamless,” said Ms. Harris, who plays the harp herself.

She also touched on the deep themes she saw in the performance. Based in New York, Shen Yun aims to revive China’s divinely-inspired culture.

“I like the theme, that compassion, truthfulness, and tolerance, because those are universal themes, that I know I strive for in my life; I think [those] are universal to most religions or philosophies,” she said.

Ke Yuan and Huiping Wang, NTD News, in Santa Barbara, California contributed to this report.