DETROIT—“It’s a fantastic show,” said musician Matt Macchiaroll, at intermission of Shen Yun Performing Arts’s performance at the Detroit Opera House on Jan. 27. “It has stunning visuals and wonderful dance steps. I really enjoyed it.”
Shen Yun brings to life traditional Chinese culture from ancient to modern times through classical Chinese dance, orchestral music, and vocal soloists.
“Classical Chinese dance has a long history of thousands of years, passed down continuously within the imperial palace and ancient Chinese theater and opera… It has become a complete system of dance embodying traditional aesthetic principles with its unique dance movements, rhythms, and inner meaning,” Shen Yun’s website states.
“There is so much about traditional Chinese dancing that I didn’t know about. I thought it would be more like ballet, but it is not.” Mr. Macchiarol said. “I like this better than ballet. I really do.”
Another outstanding feature of Shen Yun is that the company’s orchestra has harmoniously combined two distinct sounds—West and East. “The ability to seamlessly blend these two systems to create one fresh, harmonious sound is what makes the Shen Yun Performing Arts Orchestra unique,” says the Shen Yun website.
Mr. Macchiarol was impressed with the orchestra: “The orchestra is wonderful. I was very impressed with how everything sounds and the arrangements. I think it is fantastic.”
“The conductor is world class and the orchestra and the performance is world class.”
“It is spot on,” was Mr. Macchiarol’s description of the cooperation between the orchestra and the dancers. “I really appreciate that—how much work they put into it. Really, it shows, it’s perfect.”
He states he will bring home a new appreciation for traditional Chinese dance and theater and a new appreciation for practice!
Reporting by Dongyu Tong and Cat Rooney.
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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