Piotr Huang of Shen Yun, on the return of traditional values through dance
NEW YORK, NY/ACCESSWIRE/March 17, 2022/ Breathtaking, self-disciplined and refined are just a few adjectives to describe Piotr Huang’s performances, which amaze thousands of spectators every time he takes the stage. As a professional dancer for eight years and now leading one of the dance teams of Shen Yun Performing ArtsPiotr has perfect control over every inch of his body, from the moment he leaps into the air to the moment he lands silently on the ground.
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With a rigorous training history and his determination to never give up, Piotr has established himself as one of the best Chinese classical dancers in the world. He is currently on a world tour as the main dancer of Shen Yun.
Born in Poland, Piotr flew to the United States thirteen years ago to study classical Chinese dance at the prestigious Fei Tian Academy of the Arts in upstate New York. This institution trains many Shen Yun dancers, who offer a rare insight into the fascinating world of traditional Chinese culture every night.
During his time at Fei Tan, Piotr transformed from an amateur artist to a master. During his years of blacksmithing during which he trained his trade, he often had the unique opportunity to observe the senior members of his company dancing during rehearsals, which deeply moved and inspired him. This feeling made her realize that the most difficult part of dancing was not the technique, it was capturing and evoking the deep meaning of a dance and being able to share it with the audience.
While his dignified moves and explosive leaps set him apart from the crowd, Piotr has developed a broader sense of his dance. Five thousand years of knowledge, wisdom and traditions are what drives him. In his eyes, it’s more than just a love for dance – rather, he feels a sense of duty to share the exquisite customs, virtues and spirituality of ancient China with a global audience.
Piotr offers insight into the deeper meaning of classical Chinese dance and the importance of bringing back traditional values such as benevolence, righteousness, propriety, wisdom and honesty through his art.
According to Piotr, dancing is an important way to make your culture known. Not only does this provide others with knowledge about your traditions and norms, but it also allows them to appreciate and understand you and your culture better. All cultures should share through their traditional dance.
“As members of the new generation who grew up in the West, we don’t have such a deep understanding of Chinese culture. Our dance is therefore relatively simple. The inner meaning is not so deep. When you understand the habits or values of people in ancient China, the feelings evoked by your dance are not the same,” Piotr said.
As a performer, Piotr understands that dance that expresses culture is different from festive dance. Indeed, for cultural dance, you must first understand the tradition behind it in order to then master the heart and soul that must be put into the performance. The beautiful part of classical Chinese dance that Shen Yun offer is that it emphasizes inner bearing. It’s a person’s inner spirit, almost a cultural DNA that’s been passed down through thousands of years. Each person’s inner connection is unique, and this is what allows the dancers to tell the story of Chinese culture in a beautiful and inspiring way.
“For example, if I do a simple move, that’s just what it is…a move,” Piotr said. “However, if I put my mind and thoughts behind the move, it’s completely different.”
By fully immersing himself in the tradition and practices of ancient China, Piotr was able to understand the concept of interiority and discover more about himself. His Polish-Chinese identity took on a whole new meaning.
Although Piotr is of Chinese descent, he did not fully speak the language before and knew little about Chinese culture. So, at Fei Tian, he perfected his Chinese and immersed himself in the philosophies of sages like Confucius, who believed in virtuous conduct and self-cultivation. The more he studied, the more his love grew for both his cultural heritage and for dance. Soon he was selected to go on an internship tour with Shen Yun, starting a bright new chapter in his life.
For every historical character he plays as Shen Yun, Piotr delves into the character’s life story and the works written about him to understand each stage of the character’s life. As he continues his tour with Shen Yun, he revels in every new opportunity to bring the splendor of Shen Yun to audiences around the world and uplift them with a message of hope, kindness, and spiritual upliftment.
Learn more about Piotr by reading this article or watching this video.
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Denise C. Riley
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