CHICAGO—The artistry and spirituality of Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company deeply impressed CEO Robert Hettinger and business manager Jennifer Sutton, who attended Saturday evening’s presentation at the Civic Opera House, April 16.
“It’s phenomenal!” said Mr. Hettinger, CEO of a Chicago manufacturing company.
“The costumes and the choreography, everything was really beautiful,” agreed Ms. Sutton, business manager for a philanthropic Chicago foundation.
Ms. Sutton was profoundly moved by, “The beautiful story telling. The one about the mother and the son. I mean I thought that was very, very telling. It was sad but inspiring at the same time, how it ends. I guess I didn’t really realize that everything is going on in China and how there are books that people can’t own, and I mean that was interesting to me.”
She was referring to the performance, No Regrets, a story set in present-day China which features the suffering of Chinese people who ask for freedom of belief, but are continually oppressed.
Mr. Hettinger said he was also touched by the spirituality of the performance and the reference to the divine, and said, “I thought that was pretty special.”
Ms. Sutton concluded by saying that she would recommend Shen Yun to others. “I am definitely going to share this information with my friends and colleagues.”
"And fun! I mean it was fun to watch."
Reporting by Mike Chen, 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 ShenYunPerformingArts.org