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‘Very Unique Culture’ Depicted by Shen Yun, Says Renowned Physician


Epoch Times Staff
Created: January 27, 2013 Last Updated: January 27, 2013
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University of Michigan professor Larry Junck, M.D. attended Shen Yun Performing Arts on Saturday night at the Detroit Opera House with nurse Roberta Duda. (Photo courtesy of Charlie Lu)

University of Michigan professor Larry Junck, M.D. attended Shen Yun Performing Arts on Saturday night at the Detroit Opera House with nurse Roberta Duda. (Photo courtesy of Charlie Lu)

DETROIT—At intermission of Shen Yun Performing Arts performance on Jan. 26, Larry Junck, M.D., a professor at the Department of Neurology, University of Michigan, and Roberta Duda, a nurse, expressed their enjoyment of the performance.

Shen Yun’s mission is to revitalize traditional Chinese culture—a culture destroyed in China due to Communist party rule there. 

New York based Shen Yun brings to life China’s myths, history, and legends through classical Chinese dance, traditional folk and ethnic dances, orchestral music which combines Western and Eastern instruments, vocal soloists, and unique high-technology backdrops which seem to interact with the performers.

“Very unique culture,” Dr. Junck said at the Detroit Opera House. “Different from what I’ve experienced before.”

With the first soloist’s song ‘Do Not Lose Your Way,’ Dr. Junck was surprised to learn that traditional Chinese culture believed in a Creator, which reminded him of Western religions.

In addition to the cultural aspect, he enjoyed the music, dance, and backdrops: “I enjoyed it quite a lot. I liked the music and the dance,” he said. “The video backdrop was very interesting. I enjoyed how well that correlated with the movements of the dancers.”

“I think it is beautiful,” Ms. Duda said. “I think it was well-choreographed to the music. I was really watching all of them.”

Dr. Junck agreed.

“The choreography is beautiful and the details of the performance were all excellent. The dancers are always in perfect synchrony, well-rehearsed, very together,” he said.

Recipient of the Outstanding Clinician Award from U-M Medical School in 2006, Dr. Junck serves on the CNS Panel of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network of the National Cancer Institute, which establishes standard treatments for brain tumors and complications of cancer. 

Reporting by Charlie Lu and Cat Rooney.

Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company’s last performance at the Detroit Opera House will be on Sunday, Jan. 27. Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

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