DETROIT—Trying to escape the North’s winter chill, Canadian friends Sharon Uttaro and Melanie Coulter traveled to Detroit, where they attended Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Detroit Opera House on Jan. 25.
The two friends were dining together when Mrs. Uttaro saw a Shen Yun flyer on the restaurant counter top, and immediately asked Mrs. Coulter if she would like to see Shen Yun.
“We said that if we are going, then we are going to have great seats because this is an awesome show,” Mrs. Uttaro said.
Based in New York, Shen Yun was established in 2006 by a group of Chinese artists with the desire to revive the 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture through classical Chinese dance and music.
Mrs. Uttaro had become an immediate fan of Shen Yun, and had been looking forward to seeing the performance and telling many people about it. ”I am hoping that they will come—absolutely,” she said.
Shen Yun’s mission especially struck Mrs. Uttaro. She read about how Shen Yun cannot perform in China because of communist rule in the country.
“I thought it must be fascinating to see it, to experience it, and to be a part of that,” she said.
Sharon Uttaro is executive assistant at Essex Region Conservation Authority in Ontario, Canada and Melanie Coulter is executive director of Windsor/Essex County Humane Society in Canada.
Mrs. Uttaro said the piece Mongolian Bowl Dance especially touched her. According to the program book, Mongolian women emerge balancing bowls on their heads in a dance of welcome.
“I like the way that they move. They’re just so smooth and there is just so much color,” she said, imaging the skill that it takes to make that happen.
“It’s very elegant,” she said in awe of the beauty.
Mrs. Coulter also said that Shen Yun is beautiful. She was intrigued by the ancient Chinese culture presented in the performance and found “the different stories, the different costumes, the different forms of dance,” very interesting.
“This is the first time to experience the culture like this at this level,” Mrs. Uttaro said, adding that they enjoyed their seats that were close to the stage and orchestra.
Reporting by Lin Po and Kelly Ni.
Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will perform at the Detroit Opera House through to Jan. 27. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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