Shen Yun: A Message of Hope and Compassion

February 9, 2014

DETROIT—”It was just mesmerizing. All the colors, the dances, all the grace of all the performers was very nice,” said Didier Bahuaud, a 3-D artist for the automotive industry.

Mr. Bahuaud and his wife, Sharon, attended Shen Yun Performing Arts’ matinee performance at the Detroit Opera House on Feb. 8.

Ms. Bahuaud also enjoyed the show very much.

“It was gorgeous. It’s the most beautiful thing I think I’ve ever seen,” she said.

Being a 3-D artist, Mr.Bahaud had some thoughts on Shen Yun’s enormous HD digital interactive backdrops.

“I think they fit the type of performance. They had the color flowing … They brought the performance to life, gave it a world to work off of. I think that was very nice,” he said.

For some of the pieces, the backdrop becomes animated and interacts with the dancers in order to help tell the story being played out on stage. It depends on split-second timing by the dancers.

“That was fun—that was really unexpected actually,” Mr. Bahuaud said, referring to how the dancers and the backdrop interact. “It was gorgeous.”

“We didn’t know they were going to do that. That was really good the way they dropped and went into the screen. That was really well done. It was a nice touch.

“I loved that part,” Ms. Bahaud added.

Each Shen Yun performance features 20 or so presentations, some of which are mini-dramas that depict ancient stories from Chinese history and/or literature told through classical Chinese dance and live orchestral music.

“It was gorgeous, just fluid,” Ms. Bahaud said about the skill of the dancers.

Mr. Bahuaud said seeing the show “was definitely worth it.”

“This was very entertaining and definitely, you get a feeling that they are trying to convey a message of hope and compassion,” he said.

“It was just beautiful,” said Ms. Bahaud, adding that the performance left her with a feeling of “joy and happiness and deeper appreciation for the art.”

“We’re gonna brag to our friends, that’s for sure,” said her husband.

Reporting by Dengu Teng and Andrew Darin

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s World Company will perform in Detroit until Feb. 9. For more information, visit:

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