Detroit Audience Member “Very, Very, Very Proud”
DETROIT—Mr. Yarimian, a financial consultant, investor and real estate developer, is a man of his word. After seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Detroit Opera House on Thursday, Jan. 20, he said it was one of the best shows he'd ever seen and that he'd like to see it again and again. Well, he came back on Sunday, Jan. 23.
His reason for returning is that, in his words, "I love this show so much. The performance, and the arts, and everything else is extremely, extremely beautiful. And I would not miss it for the world. And I will be a great supporter of the Shen Yun Performing Arts.
"It’s wonderful. It was outstanding. The music, the cultures, the backgrounds, and everything, is outstanding. I’m very happy and I’m very, very, very proud of ... Shen Yun Performing Arts."
Many people watching Shen Yun feel inexplicably moved to tears. For Mr. Yarimian, it was hard for him to suppress his happiness as he spoke. In trying to explain his overwhelming feelings, he said: "It’s a lot of emotions, a lot of feelings, a lot of touching [the heart], a lot of experience, and a lot, a lot of background about China, that we don’t know about."
He was deeply impressed that a performance could demonstrate the essence of China and the Chinese people. Mr. Yarimian said Shen Yun's choreographers and composers did an outstanding work matching the dance and music together exactly.
"It’s as beautiful as can be, especially with the colors, with the backdrop. It is outstanding and I love every bit of it from the beginning to the end," he said.
At the core of traditional Chinese culture is values that guided society. This is also the essence of Shen Yun's performance, a quality that struck a deep note for Mr. Yarimian: "The message is, really, hope. It’s really about being alive. It’s really about there is a beautiful life out there. ... It’s a short life, so it gives a lot of hope to a lot of people, and I hope that everybody gets that kind of hope that they really want because everything starts with hope."
"I love it so much. I just hope that they will continue with their performing arts. This is outstanding. I hope everybody has the opportunity to see [it]. ... I will support them fully and I will be going to Columbus next time when they appear over there for the performance.
January 28, 2011