CHICAGO—“I absolutely loved it! I loved the opera and I was definitely not expecting what we had today,” said Dominika Petrovska. The doctor of alternative medicine expressed her appreciation for Shen Yun Performing Arts after attending Saturday afternoon’s show, April 23.
Referring to the vocal performance, "The Purpose of Life," Ms. Petrovska said, “Not only was the opera singing beautiful, but the colors were beautiful. They were beautiful people and did a great job. It was lovely!”
In a series of short, story-based performances, audiences travel through the 5,000 years of China’s history. From ancient stories of the Middle Kingdom to contemporary events unfolding there today.
Audiences are also treated to world-class vocalists singing in the bel canto style, the same style of singing that many opera singers rely on.
Ms. Petrovska said she was touched by the performances and saddened to hear that Shen Yun cannot be performed in China. “They showed China’s past and what’s happening right now and what’s happening over there. They really included a good story there; that there are people out there who are not free. They can not do what they want to do and it is sad that they can not perform today over there in China.”
Ms. Petrovska summed up her experience, by saying Shen Yun, “Was something to look forward to!”
Reporting by Maureen Zebian and Jeanmarie Lunsford.
Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will perform at Chicago's Civic Opera House through April 24. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org