The New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company concluded a spectacular five-show run at the Detroit Opera House in Detroit, Michigan on January 23, 2011.
State Representative: Shen Yun ‘transports you’
Congresswoman Eileen Kowall of Michigan, thought that there was “a lot that stood out” about Shen Yun, particularly how the dancers moved.
“It was just a different kind of dance; very fluid, graceful, beautiful, and it transports you out of the movement,” she said.
Kowall also thought that the high-tech animated backdrops projected behind the dancers were out of this world.
“I thought it was a very enjoyable evening, and I am glad I came,” she beamed.
Michigan senator says Shen Yun reminds Chinese of their history
Michigan State Senator Mike Kowall
Senator Kowall was full of praise for the show. “I would highly recommend it to everybody!”
“It’s very much interactive, he said, “and you get into it and you start watching the different movements of the dancers. It’s very enjoyable.
“The colors were fabulous, the actors and the dancers were wonderful, and I enjoyed the music very much.”
Mr. Kowall was also wowed by the digital backdrops in Shen Yun.
“The screen was interesting, with the actors going from the screen to the stage. It was different—something that I don’t think American audiences are used to. It’s initially surprising and then you begin to expect it, and you start looking, trying to find the little characters and see which one is going to come down, so it’s kind of fun,” he said.
Mr. Kowall felt that Shen Yun had the ability to bring back the spirit and history of Chinese culture.
“After visiting China and working there for a while and seeing how … there’s a lot of control over the people and people not being able to practice religions, and a variety of different things, so it’s nice to see these types of movements [such as of Shen Yun’s dancers] because if you lose your history, you forget where you were, you don’t know where you’re going,” he said.
Mr. Kowall concluded by wishing the performers continued success in the future. “I wish them a lot of success; I hope they do very well.”
Founder of Bellini Opera Foundation calls Shen Yun ‘amazing’
Rosolino LoDuca, founder of the Bellini Opera Foundation, thought that the show was “amazing!” adding, “The music was beautiful.”
Mr. LoDuca offered his highest praise for tenor, Mr. Tian Ge, noting that with his powerful voice, Mr. Ge doesn’t even need a microphone.
“We really enjoyed the show tonight—very superb, beautiful, fantastic, bellissimo!” he said, using an Italian superlative.
Mr. LoDuca said that he was already familiar with Chinese history, but after seeing Shen Yun, he gained a new respect for traditional Chinese culture.
“I do love history, and I studied it in school,” Mr. LoDuca said, adding that he also studied history on his own. “So I know about China, the 5,000 years of history, civilization.”
The dance set, No Regrets, which portrayed a young man being persecuted for practicing Falun Dafa, struck a chord in LoDuca.
“It touched my heart,” he said, expressing sadness that many people in China do not share the same freedom as in Western societies.
“Man is born to be free in this world, and new leaders need to listen to this: A man is free to do and act within reason. … I’m a free man because God created us to be free,” he said.
“I admire the Chinese tonight more than before because I know about the East and China with thousands of years of civilization, but tonight was the peak, because they’ve proven to me who they are. They’re fantastic people.”
Mr. LoDuca said he would definitely recommend Shen Yun to his friends.
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