ST. LOUIS—”I think it is great. I think it is amazingly talented people. The skill that they show up there is really quite remarkable,” Mike Derr said after seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Peabody Opera House on Feb. 15.
Mike Derr is the Chief Financial Officer of RSL Fiber Systems and Janet Derr, his wife, is a paralegal.
“I think they are very talented dancers,” he said.
Shen Yun’s mission is to revitalize traditional Chinese culture through the art of classical Chinese dance. Each season Shen Yun brings an entirely new program to at least 100 cities worldwide.
Mr. Derr commented, “I thought it was very interesting. I don’t know a lot about the Chinese culture so it was kind of nice to see something that is pretty authentic.”
Much of China’s traditions and culture were lost or destroyed since the communist regime came to power some 60 years ago.
“First of all I think it is a very old culture,” Mr. Derr said. “I think it has a lot of tradition to it. It is just something that has been there a long time, and I think it has changed slowly and has been there before a lot of our cultures were.”
Mr. Derr found that traditional meaningful. “I think it is a nice break from today’s world,” Mr. Derr explained. “I think today our world is not is such a terrific shape and I think this portrays a lot of very nice things.”
“The part that I like was the tolerance and compassion, I thought was good. “I think it shows a lot of peace and harmony and for the most part, people getting along,” he said.
Ms. Derr summed it up by saying, “We are having a wonderful time, it’s a lovely performance, and I would recommend to everyone to come see it, it’s lovely.”
With reporting by Stacey Tang 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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