DETROIT—“We’ve looked forward to this day, ever since we ordered our [Shen Yun] tickets. said Anne Kloack. “We could not wait for this day to come.”
“And, we’re not disappointed,” chimed in Sally Robson, who attended the Jan. 26 matinee performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company at the Detroit Opera House. “We were looking forward to this because every [advertising] picture that we’ve seen, we’ve been just awestruck,” she said.
Ms. Robson came with Ms. Kloack, an instructor at Eastern Michigan University, School of Education and with her husband, Dr. Larry J. Robson, M.D.
Dr. Robson is the former chairman of the board of directors for the Grand Rapids Symphony, which is the second largest performing arts organization in the state of Michigan.
“We’re very active in the arts,” Mrs. Robson said. “This has just been wonderful. A wonderful performance, very special.”
Shen Yun is based in New York and tours the world with the mission to revitalize 5,000 years of divinely-inspired culture. Its hallmark is pure perfection in classical Chinese dance and its unique orchestral sound of combing West and East instruments, according to the company’s website.
Dr. Robson stated: “I love the live orchestra … There are several instruments that I’m listening to that I can’t quite identify. I assume they are something unique to Chinese music.”
“I think they’re very, very good. I enjoy them immensely,” he said. “The music was so different, it’s a little hard for me to evaluate, but they’re doing a nice job and it’s very well coordinated.”
Moving his praise to another aspect of the show, Dr. Robson said. “I think the thing that impressed me greatly were the costumes,”
“The brilliant colors, as well as, the athleticism of both the men and the women. It’s very graceful and beautiful.”
“The whole thing is just breathtaking. The costumes, the dancing, the music, it’s just beautiful,” Mrs. Robson said.
What impressed Ms. Kloack was “the costuming, the scenery, and of course the wonderful dancers.” She also enjoyed “the little vignettes too, the little stories. The way they’re leading us through, that’s pretty special.”
“Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends and heroic modern-day epics. Shen Yun present themes of compassion and courage with stunning beauty and tremendous energy, leaving audiences uplifted and inspired,” states the Shen Yun website.
“You know what I loved, too, was that … segment on China today,” Ms. Kloack said. “The red Chinese and how scary it is and how frightening it is for the people that live there. That was very impressive.”
Dr. Robson agreed: “I think learning about the culture of China and all of their problems; I see the last piece is at Tiananmen Square depiction, so I think that’s quite wonderful, also.”
They were referring to the program titled Divine Mercy, a dance that tells a story of good versus evil in today’s China—the communist regime’s persecution of Falun Gong, a spiritual practice.
Dr. Robson would recommend the performance to colleagues. “I would go again, and I would recommend the show to them. It’s incredibly unique and unlike anything that I’ve ever seen. I don’t think I’ll probably get a chance again, so I wouldn’t miss it.”
“I’m thrilled that we have these beautiful programs which I plan to take home and show my friends. They all knew that I was coming here today … and this will be a wonderful explanation of what this was all about,” Mrs. Robson said.
Reporting by Valerie Avore and Cat Rooney.
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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