Shen Yun is ‘Exhilarating,’ Says Watercolor Artist

February 8, 2014

DETROIT—”It’s been a wonderful evening, and I hope I get to see it again,” said Julie Dawson, professional watercolor artist and author, after seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Detroit Opera House on Feb. 7.

According to the company’s website, Shen Yun consists of about 20 pieces, moving from one story, region, and dynasty to the next. It showcases stunning animated backdrops, exquisite handmade costumes, mesmerizing live orchestra music, and colorful ethnic and folk dances that transport the audience to another world.

“I think it’s very dramatic. It’s a very excellent use of space and energy, and motion and color, and combining the legends with the actions on the stage is very well done,” she said.

Ms. Dawson said she’s been to China twice.

“I had seen dance, I’ve seen music in China,” she explained. “And this of course is much more exhilarating, much more dramatic, and much more exciting. But I think it’s still maintaining the beauty and the grace of the Chinese traditions and their abilities.”

In fact, the visual backdrops reminded her of the landscape of China.

Ms. Dawson’s professional perspective of the overall production was that it is outstanding.

“It’s just very imaginative but it’s using the culture in the most sensitive, graceful ways, by telling stories all the way through. And using the color and the costumes—magnificent,” she said.

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

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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