DETROIT, Mich.—Automotive company executive David Baxter attended Shen Yun’s evening show at the Detroit Opera House on May 5. He thought it was a 10/10 perfect performance.
Having spent a fair amount of time in China, Mr. Baxter is familiar with Chinese culture.
“It was very authentic. I think it’s a wonderful performance. They did a great job carrying the essence of China forward,” he expressed.
In 2006, Shen Yun Performing Arts was established in New York by artists who dreamt of bringing back China’s 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture.
Through a series of classical, ethnic, folk, and story-based dances, as well as solo musical performances, Shen Yun is rediscovering and sharing with the world the lost beauty of pre-communist China.
Mr. Baxter thought it was interesting how Shen Yun brought forward the human rights issues that are happening in China.
“It would be wonderful to see China revive its foundation of traditional values and get out from underneath the communist repression,” he said.
However, for its commitment to presenting the truth of events under communist rule in present-day Chinese society, Shen Yun is currently forbidden by the ruling regime from performing in China.
Accompanying Mr. Baxter for the evening was company director Gretchen Kormarzec. She, too, loved the show and was touched by the quality of the performers’ artistic expressions.
“It was a wonderful and beautiful performance,” she exclaimed. “I have a Chinese exchange student at home so it was very nice to see the culture come out—really beautiful.”
Prior to the regime’s spread of atheism, the teachings of Buddhism, Confucianism, and Daoism were indelible parts of Chinese life.
Mr. Baxter really appreciated Shen Yun’s portrayal of the divine.
“In the times we live in, this is very important. People have different [beliefs] but I think this tradition of spirituality—Shen Yun really tried to embrace and show its importance to everyone.”
Reporting by Teng Dongyu and Jennifer Tseng.