Learning About Chinese Culture From Shen Yun

February 8, 2014

DETROIT—Corrine Ferreira and her family have spent several weeks in China over the years, and experienced many different cultural performances while there. However, she said, she has seen nothing like Shen Yun Performing Arts.

“This is completely different,” Ms. Ferreira said.

Ms. Ferreira and her husband, Tom, brought their girls to the second performance of Shen Yun at the Detroit Opera House, on Feb. 7. The family sat only five rows back.

The classical Chinese dance and music company was formed in 2006 in New York by a group of leading classical Chinese artists with a mission to revive China’s 5,000 years of history, according to Shen Yun’s website.

“It’s fantastic. It is just so vivid and beautiful and lively. It’s awesome, isn’t it?” she asked her daughters to validate her opinion. “Really, really enjoying it,” she said.

Ms. Ferreira owns CGF Bookeeping of Kingsville, Ontario. Mr. Ferreira is an account executive for group sales for Great West Life.

The couple had wanted to attend Shen Yun for years, but waited until their youngest “was old enough to appreciate it,” Ms. Ferreira said.

The performances the couple had seen in China were “mostly acrobatic shows and no opera.” Between those shows and Shen Yun, there was a sharp contrast. She said, “It’s beautiful. It is much more professional.”

Mr. Ferreira agreed: “It was a beautiful performance…and as my wife says, it is very professional, very well choreographed. And some of the stories were new to us, and I found it very interesting … the mythology that we’re learning in the show.”

He felt that most of the stories shared a common theme of overcoming adversity.

The girls were “learning some ancient stories that they didn’t know before. I’m learning somewhat the history of China,” Ms. Ferreira said.

“The costumes are beautiful. Everything is just so good. Aren’t the costumes pretty? The girls are beautiful,” Ms. Ferreira said, trying to draw her daughters into the conversation.

Layla, who is 10, enjoyed the digitally animated backdrops that interact with the stage performers. “I think it was really cool,” she said.

She would tell her friends that it was very well done and “on the beat.”

What did Layla learn about Chinese culture? “That there is lots of history to it,” she said.

Reporting by Valerie Avore and Sharon Kilarski

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit Shen Yun Performing Arts.

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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