Shen Yun: ‘Just Wish Our Kids Were Here’ Says Associate Professor

February 9, 2014

DETROIT—Passionate, amazing, fantastic, are words that theatergoers continue to use to describe Shen Yun Performing Arts. It held its fourth of five productions at the Detroit Opera House on Feb. 8.

The New York-based Shen Yun has four touring companies that tour the world simultaneously in 20 countries and 100 cities.

Shen Yun aspires to revitalize traditional Chinese culture through classical Chinese dance, music, and artistry.

Opthamologist, Stephen Zeldes and his wife, Geri Zeldes, associate professor at Michigan State, attended the evening performance on Feb. 8.

“It’s great! I like the part where they had the video and then they jump out of the videos. Any one of those, I enjoy those. It’s a neat effect,” Mr. Zeldes said.

After seeing the show, Ms. Zeldes said, “I’m eager to see more, because it is beautiful pageantry, its beautiful theater and anything that can allow us to learn more about culture that we’re not aware of I appreciate.

“I just wish our kids were here. We have four little kids and I wish that we had brought them with us,” she added.

Mr. Zeldes commented on the skill level of the dancers. He said they were “amazing, very talented. I enjoyed it.”

“It’s fantastic and I wonder how they do that. It’s amazing to see performances of dance when there is no possibility that I could ever do that myself, so it’s always amazing,” Ms. Zeldes said.

“I really liked the last performance (the one about Falun Gong) …, because it provided us with some … context for them in China and it is something that has been particularly newsworthy because we have been hearing about it a lot lately, so it was nice to hear a passionate performance about it and it just opened a window into China,” Ms. Zeldes said.

Falun Gong, also known as, Falun Dafa is a spiritual meditation practice that is based on following the universal principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance.

Falun Dafa has been brutally persecuted by the communist regime in China since 1999.

Ms. Zeldes said that the show has opened her eyes to new and old fascinations. “I would like to read more about the Falun Gong.”

“It’s 5,000 of culture that is brought before us, and I’ve always had a fascination with China so I would like to learn more.”

Reporting by Dengyu Teng and Andrew Darin

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s World Company will perform in Detroit until Feb. 9. For more information, visit:

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