TORONTO—Farsad Kiani, president and CEO of the Ensil Group of Companies, was impressed by Shen Yun Performing Arts’ introduction to Chinese culture.
The world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company delighted audience members with colourful and uplifting performances anchored in authentic Chinese traditions.
Mr. Kiani, who has also taken leadership roles in a number of other organizations, including the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care and the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, watched the Shen Yun performance on Friday evening at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.
“I think so many people are here. So many people here are enjoying themselves,” Mr. Kiani said, referring to the packed theatre.
He was impressed by Shen Yun’s artistry, such as the colours and beautiful music, and felt that the show offered a good insight into China.
Based in New York, Shen Yun was established in 2006 by a group of classical Chinese artists with the mission to revive 5,000 years of China’s divinely inspired culture.
According to the Shen Yun website, the Chinese traditional culture has been all but completely demolished after more than 60 years of communist rule in China, especially following the Cultural Revolution.
“Shen Yun’s productions draw their inspiration form China’s 5,000 years of civilization. Values such as compassion and loyalty, kindness and bravery lie at the heart of traditional Chinese culture,” says the Shen Yun program book.
Mr. Kiani said he really enjoyed how the show portrayed the spirituality in the Chinese culture, as, he said, many people outside of China think “it’s all communism” in China and “people don’t have any spirituality.”
“I think that’s very important to introduce,” he said.
Katherine Neugent, a senior development officer at a fundraising organization who came to see the show with Mr. Kiani, also enjoyed the performance. She was particularly impressed by one aspect.
“I love the colour, I love all of it. “The colour is fantastic,” she said.
Reporting by Quincy Yu
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Following 21 successful shows Dec. 20-Jan. 13 in Mississauga, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Hamilton, Shen Yun’s New York Company is in Toronto for five shows Jan. 17-20, completing its tour of eastern Canada. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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