DETROIT—It was the first time that Portia Lockett and her friend Dr. John Sealey came to see Shen Yun Performing Arts and they were taken aback by the cultural and artistic richness they experienced at the Detroit Opera House.
It was Feb. 6 and it was a night to remember.
“It was just phenomenal—the colors and the themes, the different storylines and the choreography and the music balancing back and forth is just incredible,” said Ms. Lockett, a chaplain with a mission to uplift and inspire people.
Also a music aficionado, Ms. Lockett appreciated the unique quality of Shen Yun’s orchestra, which blends Western and Chinese instruments in a fresh sound to bring out the best of both classical traditions. “Everything is just beautiful,” she said.
Dr. Sealey, a surgeon at Detroit Medical Center, was impressed by the cultural experience provided by Shen Yun, renowned as the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company.
He said the performance introduced him to a different culture, “Something we don’t see every day and are not used to everyday and it’s very, very interesting.”
It was more than an introduction, however, and Dr. Sealey said felt immersed in the culture. He has been to China once, however, there he felt like a tourist, as if he were outside looking in. But with Shen Yun, “I feel like I’m part of the theatrical presentation,” he said.
Established in New York by a group of leading overseas Chinese artists, Shen Yun has set out on a mission to revive 5,000 years of Chinese civilization, much of which has been lost under the rule of the Chinese Communist Party in China today.
Reporting by Michael Huang and Orysia McCabe
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit Shen Yun Performing Arts.
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