DETROIT—The New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts performed at the Detroit Opera House Sunday evening, Jan. 3 to an appreciative audience.
Gigi Atanasiu, a violin teacher, originally from Romania who now lives in Troy, Michigan, was there to see Shen Yun for the second time and is now anticipating what next year has to offer.
As a professional violin teacher, Ms. Atanasiu appreciated the live orchestra, a blend of traditional Chinese and Western instruments.
“I am very, very impressed with the technique of each individual in the orchestra and dancers,” she said. “And those young players are very, very well trained. So, I congratulate their teachers and instructors and I appreciate their dedication, discipline and talents.”
There were many aspects to Ms. Atanasiu’s enchantment with Shen Yun. The ability, technique and commitment of each individual artist were some of them.
“The purity, the beauty, the serenity, force and the flexibility, at the same time. The beauty of the costumes, the colors … and the beauty of all the girls,” she added, soaking up the whole presentation.
Many of the Shen Yun performers, born in the West, are of Chinese heritage.
“I feel that those young people are staying in touch with their roots and I think it is wonderful for them, especially that many of them are born in the Western countries.”
Ms. Atanasiu loved everything about Shen Yun, in particular, two dances about Falun Dafa, a meditation system outlawed a decade ago by the Chinese communist regime and brought to light in dances.
Ms. Atanasiu was particularly moved by these performances.
“It is something I really want to try to find out about, and about this great philosophy.”
She saw Shen Yun last year and loved it so much she came again, excited to see a new program.
“Wonderful. I can see that everything is different from last year … I am very happy and will be here again.”
Reported by Valerie Avore.
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