DETROIT—Marc and Susana Shulman had seen Shen Yun Performing Arts before the pandemic, and the beauty of the experience inspired them to see it again when the company returned to its tours after the pandemic break.
“It’s incredible. They’re beautiful,” said Mrs. Shulman, a jewelry designer. “It’s very, very beautiful. Happy to come back.”
“Happy you shared it with us,” added Mr. Shulman, an attorney and legislator. The two saw one of the season’s last performances, at the Detroit Opera House on May 7.
“My big takeaway again was how positive the future will be if people show compassion and justice and live in peace,” Mr. Shulman said.
The ancient Chinese believed their culture was divinely inspired, and the spiritual nature of the culture appealed greatly to the Shulmans.
“I loved the fact that it was very spiritual and that it appealed to everyone at every faith,” said Mrs. Shulman. “And it was so positive—made me very happy. I was depressed when I came in, and now I’m not!”
“There’s hope for the future,” Mr. Shulman added in agreement.
The couple felt Shen Yun’s music and dance were indeed divinely inspired, and that in itself was uplifting.
“We think the more positivity there is through music and art and dancing, the more our soul is able to reach heaven,” Mr. Shulman said.
In the finale of the performance, miracles took place in the modern human world, and left him with “a feeling of enlightenment and hope.”
Mrs. Shulman described her own experience of the finale:
“I was terrified to see the big wave come in thinking, oh, there’s only one way to stop this. And it was through the spiritual actions that we can take on Earth as human beings. We don’t have to put up with the chaos in the universe. We can use our own goodness and spirituality to lift up the earth. I love that.”
Mr. Shulman said he wanted the artists to know that “we are very appreciative of you sharing your love and faith and positivity for the future for mankind.”
Mrs. Shulman said the artists did a lot more than perform.
“They were praying. That’s the feeling I got from it. But they weren’t just performing. They were offering it. It was very very beautiful,” she said.
“It’s very, very beautiful. It was like: I came in so sad, and am coming out with so much positivity and hope and good things. So, it’s definitely something that has to keep going. I think everyone should see it. It’s really wonderful.”
Reporting by Dongyu Teng.