MONTREAL—Award-winning author and editor of the McGill university paper, Neale McDevitt, commended Shen Yun Performing Arts for its ability to tell the history of classical Chinese dance.
“I wasn’t expecting … to learn the history of the dance along with watching the dance. But to learn the history of Chinese dance, it’s very interesting,” Mr. McDevitt said during intermission of the Saturday evening show in the Place des Arts.
“The first half has been wonderful. So colorful and vibrant, and it’s really impressive,” he said.
The New York based company travels the world with the mission of reviving 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture, which according to the company, is inspired by the divine. Many stories are said to take the audience on a journey from ancient China up until the present.
Mr. McDevitt said he didn’t know just how diverse and rich the Chinese culture was and how it could be translated into dance.
I loved the storytelling aspect of the dance.
— Neale McDevitt
“I loved the storytelling aspect of the dance,” he said.
The father of two girls said he particularly liked the dance named An Unexpected Encounter, that told the story of a father and daughter on tour in present day China. As the two decide to take a photo with a group of meditators practicing Falun Gong, a persecuted practice in China, they mistakenly get thrown into jail.
“Any father daughter story touches me at some point,” Mr. McDevitt said, adding that his daughter also enjoyed the piece.
With the use of high-tech dynamic digitally projected backdrops, Shen Yun transports the audience to ancient China, while the dancers interact with the screen also. The dance,Sand Monk is Blessed which is a story from the classical novel Journey to the West set in the Flowing Sands River, also impressed Mr. McDevitt.
“It was wonderful,” said Mr. McDevitt.
Reporting by NTD Television and Kristina Skorbach.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s New York Company will play five shows in Montreal Jan. 3-6 and one show in Quebec City Jan. 8 before going on to Kitchener-Waterloo, Hamilton, and Toronto in its tour of eastern Canada. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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