DETROIT—Shen Yun Performing Art’s capability to enthrall audiences fully exemplified itself this Thursday as Claudia Annoni, an Argentinean Tango dancer, radiated with enthusiasm after watching the show at the Detroit Opera House.
“I truly enjoyed watching the performance. It’s just beautiful, and the dances are extremely gracious,” she said. Ms. Annoni is also an editor for the Latino newspaper, La Prensa, based in Toledo, Ohio.
Annoni’s daughter, 14-year old Natalia, is enrolled in the Toledo School for the Arts. She similarly gushed about the show: “I’m speechless! It was amazing. I was overwhelmed by how enthusiastic they were. They never gave up; every extension was perfect. It was beautiful.”
As Annoni and Natalia took in Shen Yun’s dancing, they also valued the performance’s deeper message.
Annoni, became serious for a moment, saying that “It was not just the beauty of the dancers and the costumes, it was learning about [China’s] culture.”
She said that seeing that some of the things happening in China today is very unfortunate.
Annoni explained further saying, “I did [expect these human rights conditions in China], but not to this extent … this performance made me aware of the issues that [the Chinese] going through.”
She ended by mentioning some of human rights abuses in her home country of Argentina.”Coming from Argentina, we have dictatorships for so, so many years, and where we couldn’t … do performance, we couldn’t wear certain things. To see how [this show was] able to express that through art, through dance, it was really emotional for me. And, then thinking that my daughter Natalia could be one of those dancers expressing what we went through in the Latino culture, I think it’s amazing.”
She said there were no words to describe this opportunity.
Annoni poignantly pointed out that Shen Yun has the ability to transform dance and music into a beautiful voice that encompasses the enormous pains that people go through to ensure freedom.
Reporting by Charlie Lu and Carlen Zhang
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