QUEBEC CITY—Electronic music composer Richard Jolicoeur gushed with superlatives after seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts Tuesday with his wife, Sylvie.
The Shen Yun show at Grand Théâtre de Québec—the acclaimed New York-based company’s first time visiting Quebec City—sold out three weeks in advance, and audience members greeted it with enthusiasm.
“It’s truly magnificent. I’ve seen many shows in Mainland China and this one is far superior to what I saw. I saw the Peking Opera and this is superior. The orchestra in the pit is exceptional, and then the dancers are truly extraordinary,” said Mr. Jolicoeur.
Shen Yun stages productions of classical Chinese dance around the world, with ethnic and folk dances and musical soloists rounding out the show. The performances are known for their vibrant colours, seen in the vividly animated backdrops and costumes that Shen Yun’s designers recreate in the hundreds each season.
“Shen Yun’s costume artists collect countless designs of traditional attire, ranging from those of emperors, ministers, and generals to the everyday clothing of the common people,” notes the company’s website.
“The costumes are impeccable. It’s truly a spectacle. It’s grandiose, truly magnificent,” said Mr. Jolicoeur.
As a somewhat prolific musician, he also complimented Shen Yun’s unique philharmonic orchestra, which includes Chinese instruments leading the melodies.
“It’s exceptional. It’s truly very effective, exceptional. It’s beautiful, it’s truly beautiful. One can’t say anything other than bravo. It’s magnificent,” said Mr. Jolicoeur.
He noted his special appreciation for a few of the dances, including When Shaolin Monks Protected the Emperor and Mongolian Bowl Dance. Young monks protect the future emperor of China in the first piece while the second is a traditional Mongolian dance of welcome.
“Everything is beautiful.”
Mrs. Jolicoeur was also enthused.
“I find it wonderful. Very, very beautiful,” she said.
“Everything is beautiful. Everything is beautiful.”
By Sun Ping and Madalina Hubert.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. After playing five shows in Montreal Jan. 3-6, Shen Yun’s New York Company will play one show in Quebec City on 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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