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짐 천

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출생지: 타이완, 타이페이
션윈에 참여한 시기: 2010

짐천은 2010년 NTDTV 주최 국제 전통 중국무용 경연대회에서 주니어 남자 부문 금상을 수상했다. 2009년과 2012년 같은 대회에서 각각 은상을 수상했다. 2014년에는 성인 남자 부문 은상을 차지했다. 뉴욕 페이톈예술학교에서 중국 고전무용 상급 과정을 이수했다.

 

Personally Speaking...

Chinese given name: Juncheng Chen (陳俊丞).
Lived in: Taipei, New York.
Languages: Chinese, English.
Best dance technique: Backflip layout.
Hardest dance piece ever performed: Monkey King.
Favorite character to portray on stage: Monkey King.
Most prominent strength: Challenging classical Chinese dance techniques.
Favorite dance story: Wu Song Battles the Tiger (2010).
Shen Yun dance piece that never fails to move you: The 2016 closing piece Hope for the Future.
First heard of Shen Yun: 2008.
Love most about dancing: Losing yourself in the dance.
Favorite aspects of classical Chinese dance: “Bearing,” which is the physical expression of inner feelings, and portraying specific characters and personalities.
Favorite ethnic dance: Mongolian—because it’s a dance style that is so powerful and free. It’s both masculine and unfettered, and so I feel it matches my personality well.
Favorite folk dance: Drum dances from the dusty plateaus of northwest China.
Favorite Shen Yun costume: The furry dance costume from the Tibetan Dance of Praise (2010).
Most memorable audience reaction: Once during Monkey King, when I jumped up and then off the platform, everyone in the audience suddenly applauded. I’m used to audience applauding mid-dance, but this wasn’t a spot where people usually applaud, and I was happy that they were that engaged and following so closely.
Most interesting thing someone told you after seeing the show: Again it had to do with a jump I performed when I literally jumped on to the scene to appear as the mischievous deity-child Ne Zha. A close friend of mine whom I’ve known since elementary school said that when he saw me he almost cried.
Best compliment you’ve received professionally: Every time I hear that I’m improving in my performance.
Nicest Shen Yun-related compliment you’ve ever received: One time I read an audience member’s review saying that he felt the Monkey King was like his friend.
What inspires you? A sense of responsibility.
What do you find most meaningful about dancing with Shen Yun? Being able to share our traditional culture around the world.
How is the you of today different from the you when you first joined Shen Yun? I’m more motivated in improving my craft. I think this is because of the audience—to be able to see them smile, I feel like everything we do is worth it.
As a veteran dancer, what advice do you have for younger dancers? When you reach a plateau, don’t just focus on technical improvement; instead, try to focus on the fundamentals. Usually, the simplest approach is the best solution.
How would you introduce the spirit of being a member of the Shen Yun family to a new dancer? Be humble, learn how to cooperate as a team and, most of all, develop a sense of mission.
During 100-plus shows a season, how do you maintain freshness and high standards? A combination of meditation, which helps me stay focused, and professional training.
What’s open on your playlist right now? Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra.
Make up takes: 45 minutes.
Warm-up method: Flying kicking techniques called fēi jiǎo (飛腳), followed by abs work a

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