DETROIT—Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company presents 5,000 years of divinely-inspired culture through story-based dance about traditional Chinese culture. To celebrate his birthday, Ken Beaupre and his wife, Michelle, came to Shen Yun’s 2013 world tour performance at the Detroit Opera House on Jan. 26.
They expressed that the performance was great: “It was great, beautiful,” Mrs. Beaupre said.
“Magnificent, unbelievable. I couldn’t believe the costumes,” Mr. Beaupre said. “They must represent that part of China, like Tibet and Mongolia.
Mrs. Beaupre concurred about the costumes: “Beautiful. Costumes were amazing, and I thought it was really interesting how each area of China was represented by a different dance, how it told a story. It’s beautiful.”
Shen Yun is the premier classical Chinese dance company depicting various dynasties and regions of China, from ancient times to modern day.
“The way they dance—unbelievable. I really enjoyed it. Excellent and outstanding,” Mr. Beaupre said.
Both husband and wife are interior designers with an eye for color. Mrs. Beaupre noted they use every color of the rainbow. “Beautiful, gorgeous combinations, and colors that you don’t normally see together. It all worked out so beautifully. It’s gorgeous.”
“It’s done very well. They coordinated the colors, but they blend very well … they’re outstanding because they’re brilliant and bright, and they complement each other,” Mr. Beaupre explained. “Very unusual combination.”
Based in New York, Shen Yun was formed by a group of classical Chinese artists who came together with a mission to revive the true, divinely inspired culture of China, according to the Shen Yun website.
“I know a few Chinese people, but I never realized the culture of China until now. Now I realize thousands and thousands of years,” Mr. Beaupre said, then joked: “They even had the Frisbee back then, and also the wave a couple thousand years old, we’re just catching up.” He is referring to the dance, An Early Spring, where handkerchiefs are twirled and thrown to represent the blossoms of spring and then return back to the dancer, similar to catching a Frisbee.
Mr. Beaupre said that Shen Yun is “unbelievable, I really enjoyed it. I’d like to come back again.”
Each year Shen Yun tours the world with three companies and with an entirely new program.
Reporting by Dongyu Teng and Cat Rooney.
Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will have four more performance in Detroit Jan. 25–27. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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