DETROIT—After seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Detroit Opera House, business owner Robert Orow said, “It’s magical! When you see the hard work and the majesty and the beauty that goes into doing something like this, it makes you very respectful of things around the world, and I love this type of stuff.”
Robert Orow is the owner of Orow’s Home Improvement, and has been in the business for 42 years.
“What a shame that the Chinese people can’t enjoy something that we, as Americans, can enjoy and appreciate. I appreciate all the hard work that went into this production,” he said.
Currently under the repressive rule of the Communist regime, Shen Yun has not been allowed to perform in Mainland China. Despite that, Shen Yun continues to perform in over 100 cities of 20 countries each season.
Mr. Orow stated, “You have to get the word out of the origin of a wonderful tradition and a culture, and you don’t want it to be suffocated. You want people around the world to see a production like this.”
“I learned about the origin of some of the things, the cruelties and the injustice that happened to the people,” he explained. “I learned about the Chinese people having the heart to keep it going and always trying to overcome oppression, their culture, and their beliefs that are important to them,” he said.
Some of the injustices and cruelties he mentioned referred to such things as the Tiananmen Square Massacre of June 1989, and the brutal persecution of Falun Gong, which is ongoing.
Falun Gong also known as Falun Dafa is an ancient practice of mind, body, and spirit that embraces Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance as its core principles. It has been persecuted by the Chinese communist government since July 1999.
“This was the first time I’ve ever seen something like this.” Mr. Orow elaborated, “But, what was wonderful were the narrators, the man and the woman that would explain to you what the scene would be, so maybe it would be easier for me to understand and pick up on the culture and the past.”
Mr. Orow said not only would he “absolutely, absolutely” tell his friends about the show, but he had actually already done so. “Actually, before I came down here and my wife posted on Facebook that we were coming down, this is our first time, so all of our friends knew that we were coming down.”
He also mentioned, “I bet you, when I signed up to see this wonderful production about three or four weeks ago, I bet you I told at least 100 of my customers! So everybody knows that I was coming down here!”
“Some day I’d love to see this production in China!” he exclaimed.
Reporting by NTD Television and Andrew Darin
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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