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Sunday, January 16, 2011

"Mao's Last Dancer" Star Chi Chao Praises Shen Yun


Epoch Times: Mr. Cao recalled that last year, he was fortunate enough to be invited by an official from the British cultural department to watch a Shen Yun show in London.

'No other show can compare'

Mr. Cao said the content of Shen Yun's performance was rich. "It is very encompassing, large scale, and in a class of its own. It is an artistic feast, not seen in other shows. It's unlike the content of ordinary shows, that are all the same.”

He said Shen Yun reflected the charm and spirit of traditional Chinese culture. "It is deeply meaningful."

"It is a production of such a large scale attracting so many audiences and has won the hearts of so many people. It goes to show how successful the performances are,” Mr. Cao said.

“What is most unusual is that every year the shows have a new program. It shows (the company) has strong creativity and [is] very effective. It is a great achievement, a great thing that Shen Yun was formed and developed overseas and able to promote traditional Chinese culture on the global stage."

Mr. Cao is currently a lead dancer with the UK's Birmingham Royal Ballet. He was awarded the Gold Medal at the Varna International Ballet Competition (touted as the Olympics of ballet) and is known as 'China's ballet prince.' He was also the lead actor in the movie Mao's Last Dancer, playing the role of Chinese ballet dancer, Li Cunxin.

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