Shen Yun: ‘I can sum it up in one word, ‘Spectacular!”

April 23, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015

Diane Duffy at Shen Yun Performing Arts in Chicago. (Valerie Avore/The Epoch Times)
Diane Duffy at Shen Yun Performing Arts in Chicago. (Valerie Avore/The Epoch Times)
CHICAGO—The artistry and beauty of Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company were just two aspects that thoroughly impressed Diane Duffy. She caught the 2 p.m. performance Saturday afternoon, April 23 at the Civic Opera House.

“It was beautiful, it was great!” said the manager and fund-raiser for Alfa-USA.

She said certain aspects of the performances moved her, “I thought it was spectacular! I just love the dance and I loved the voices. I loved the theme behind it; to make sure the people realize that we’re blessed in this nation to have the freedom just to do what we believe. To believe as we believe. It was very impressive."

Audiences world-wide have praised the gorgeous handmade costumes and the interactive hi-tech backdrops. Ms. Duffy said, “The costuming and the amazing technology that was used in the scenery and the backdrops and such. It was beautiful, it was great!"

She said she was moved by the vocalists and mentioned the performance, "The Purpose of Life," saying, “I was very impressed. I loved the tenor gentleman and the soprano at the end. Everyone was very, very gifted."

Ms. Duffy said the performance resonated with her on an emotional level, “They’re expressing what they believe in and their beliefs. I think the other thing is the message that they’re trying to get across; that there needs to be freedom. Those were their deep historical beliefs.”

Ms. Duffy concluded by saying she would recommend the show to others. “I can some it up in one word, ‘Spectacular!’”

Reporting by Valerie Avore and Jeanmarie Lunsford.

Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will perform at Chicago's Civic Opera House through April 24. For more information, visit