DETROIT—“I love it. I came here last year and fell in love, that’s why I’m here two years in a row” said Mohammadusman Sheikh, after seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Detroit Opera House on Jan. 27.
“I think the dancing, the choreography, the costumes, the music—everything—is just phenomenal,” said Mr. Sheikh, a student of health management. “You can’t help but keep your eyes glued onto the stage.”
Shen Yun consists of three companies and full orchestras that travel simultaneously around the world to many of the most prestigious theaters in the world.
Shen Yun’s mission is to revitalize true Chinese culture, one that was nearly destroyed by the communist regime in China, according to the company’s website.
“Sophisticated dance techniques, an orchestra joining instruments East and West, beautiful costumes, and a stunning back drop—this is Shen Yun at first glance,” states the website.
“But digging deeper, one discovers a sea of traditional Chinese culture. Mortals and divine beings merge on stage as one. Principles such as benevolence and justice, propriety and wisdom, respect for the heavens, and divine retribution, all come to life, washing over the audience. Originating from Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism, these ideals are the essence of traditional Chinese culture.”
Each year, Shen Yun provides audiences with an entirely new program.
Mr. Sheikh was very pleased with the entire program and said all the mini-drama pieces were amazing: “I like all of them,” he said. “They are very phenomenal.”
His one word to summarize Shen Yun is “excellent.”
Many audience members around the world make Shen Yun a tradition to see every year. Mr. Sheikh would agree.
“See it again. See it again,” he said. “Do not miss this show, and take your kids, take your family and take your loved ones.”
Reporting by Valerie Avore 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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