DETROIT—Sisters Theresa and Jean Whiting were treated to an enriching experience seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Detroit Opera House on Jan. 2.
Ms. Theresa Whiting, a pilot, instructor and manager at Solo Aviation Inc., expressed her appreciation for the different qualities of the performance.
“It was beautiful, I liked that it had a spiritual element to it as well as the beauty, and I thought it was a great variety,” she said. “I loved some of the folk dance as well as the classic dance … It had substance as well as beauty.”
Based in New York, Shen Yun has classical Chinese dance at its heart, but also incorporates folk and ethnic dance from the many regions in China. It features mini dramas that bring glimpses of millennia of culture and history to the stage.
According to the website, “Shen Yun dances recount ancient myths, bygone heroes, or celestial paradises. Whether set in the past or in contemporary China, every dance embodies traditional Chinese values. Ideals of loyalty, filial piety, and veneration for the divine are cherished and celebrated. Heroes are extolled for their compassion and tolerance as much as their courage or determination when facing adversity.”
The Chinese Communist Party has forced atheism on the people for decades, trying to destroy these traditional Chinese values. Shen Yun’s mission is to revive this divinely inspired culture.
Ms. Theresa Whiting was touched by the performance, and felt the universal messages of truth and goodness aligned with her own beliefs, and that they will always win over evil.
“I think there are certain universal truths that go throughout the world,” she said. “I’m Christian, but truth in its essence is so important, and I think when there is evil in the world and corruption it will always try to go after and persecute truth. I think that even though there are a lot of differences in the world, there are certain goodness and truths, and that keeps coming out no matter where it is.”
Ms. Jean Whiting, who works in software company, also appreciated Shen Yun. She particularly liked the emcees who introduced each piece, and it gave her a greater understanding and appreciation of the performances.
“I really liked it, beautiful costumes. I liked the explanations,” she said. “I really liked the drum dance, and the Monkey King. I’ve heard some stories about him so it was fun to see the character.”
The Shen Yun orchestra combines classical Western and traditional Chinese instruments playing original scores, bringing an extra dimension to the performances, which Ms. Jean Whiting appreciated greatly.
“I really enjoyed the music, it was beautiful music. … ,” she said.
“It was definitely worth watching; it was beautiful.”
Reporting by Ying Wan, Charlie Lu, and Leigh Smith
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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