VANCOUVER—Shen Yun Performing Arts’ opening show at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Thursday night was a pleasant surprise for a business owner couple who were seeing the world-renowned production for the first time.
“It’s wonderful. I love the orchestra and how they are so intimate with the dancers, it’s just unbelievable,” said Jill Popoff during the intermission.
“It’s great, it’s colourful. We’re having fun, beautiful show,” said her fiancé Mike Laurence.
“I’m glad I made the choice to come. It’s kind of a surprise.”
The couple run a spray tanning studio in South Surry called Suva Spray Tan Studio.
New York-based Shen Yun tours internationally presenting the essence of China’s rich 5,000-year culture.
The performance includes mainly classical Chinese dance rounded out by Chinese ethnic and folk dance, as well as original songs and musical compositions.
“The dancers are amazing. I love the dancing. I love that it’s classical,” said Ms. Popoff, who used to be a folk dancer.
She particularly enjoyed Phoenix Fairies, An Early Spring, and Ancient Elegance, a piece in which the dancers gracefully wield long, silken sleeves.
“The ladies with the long sleeves, that dance I thought was just so pretty,” said Ms. Popoff.
“The way it flowed and it was just so feminine. I just loved that. I loved how it epitomized women. I loved that.”
“The opera singer, she was beautiful,” Mr. Laurence added. “I had a tear in my eye.”
Ms. Popoff was also impressed by Shen Yun’s unique digital backdrops, which are animated to enhance the piece being played out on stage.
“It was amazing and it was unexpected how they orchestrated it. I loved it. It was really, really well done.”
She added that the show “is something out of the norm. You just come here and enjoy a totally different evening. … I think Chinese culture—it’s so old and it’s so fascinating.”
“I love the culture, period,” said Mr. Laurence. “A lot of talent on that stage.”
Reporting by Ryan Moffatt and Joan Delaney.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s Touring Company will play five shows in Vancouver Jan. 10-13, while the New York Company will complete its tour of eastern Canada with five shows in Toronto Jan. 17–20. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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