An Evening with Shen Yun

February 9, 2014

DETROIT—Shen Yun once again brings traditional Chinese culture and art back to Detroit and to a full house at the Detroit Opera House.

Among the audience were Michelle Shafer, a registered nurse, and her companion for the evening Joe Moeller. Mr. Moeller carries a wide birth of professional titles including Chief Financial Officer for Guidepoint, partner at Moeller, Hawkins & Casinelli, PC, and Treasurer for Good Charity Inc.

“It was lovely,” commented Ms. Shafer. “It was a spiritual message of world peace from an incredible culture that we can all learn from.”

“I loved it; I thought it was wonderful,” added Mr. Moeller.

Everyone has their own pieces of the show which they particularly enjoy. For Mr. Moeller, it was the dance featuring the jellyfish and the dance of the classic lotus flower. [Lotuses in Bloom]

“I really loved it when Buddha showed up and brought world peace [Buddha’s Compassion Shines Forth],” added Ms. Shafer. “That was my favorite moment.”

There is a saying in the United States, ‘freedom isn’t free.’ Witnessing the brutal scene of persecution displayed in some scenes in Shen Yun can often evoke those feeling of gratitude for what we have here as freedoms can be scarce in other places of the world.

“You know, we take it for granted here in the United States how much freedom we have,” commented Ms. Shafer. “And, that’s something that everyone should have.”

Mr. Moeller was impressed with the interplay between the dancers and digitally animated backdrops. Designed to provide vivid context to each story-dance, the high-tech backdrops interact seamlessly with the dancers on stage.

“It’s very unique,” he said.

“I thought it was a lot of fun; the visual effects,” added Ms. Shafer. “I liked how people could fly—just jump in and out and fly.”

Many who see Shen Yun come back the next year because each year they may see a completely different show with new songs and dance pieces.

“This is the fourth year I’ve come,” said Mr. Moeller. “It’s very beautiful and it’s unlike anything else I see all year.”

Reporting by Dengyu Teng and Paul Darin

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

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