DETROIT—Ted and Kelly Rickabus attended Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Detroit Opera House on Jan. 25. Mr. Rickabus, vice president of engineering at International Automotive Components Group, said that Shen Yun is beautiful.
He was especially impressed with the Mongolian Bowl Dance, where women emerge balancing bowls on their heads in a dance of welcome, according to the program book.
“The fact that they had to be so precise and careful not to disturb the bowls—that was very impressive. Amazing posture and absolutely beautiful,” he said.
Based in New York, Shen Yun presents 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture through classical Chinese dance and music.
Mrs. Rickabus is a fitness gym owner of Anytime Fitness, where her goal is “to help women feel good about themselves and live fit, long, and healthy lives,” according to her bio.
She said that the Shen Yun dancers are amazing. “They’re doing a great job,” she said. “Absolutely beautiful,” added her husband. “The artistry, the talent of the dancers is incredible.”
China’s deep cultural traditions are contained in classical Chinese dance, allowing its movements to be richly expressive, according to the Shen Yun website.
Mr. Rickabus also found the state-of-the-art digital backdrops to be very exciting. “I like how the dynamic backdrops are working—it’s really neat,” he said. Shen Yun’s backdrops are “magical windows to completely different realms” with designs that “complement and synchronize all aspects of the performance,” the Shen Yun website states.
Mr. Rickabus said that Shen Yun is a great experience and that he loved the Shen Yun Orchestra. “The music is spectacular,” he said. His wife loved the Shen Yun costumes. “The long sleeves, those are beautiful,” Mr. Rickabus said.
Mr. and Mrs. Rickabus thoroughly enjoyed Shen Yun together.
Reporting by Dongyu Teng 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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