MISSISSAUGA, Canada—Shen Yun Performing Arts wrapped up another sold-out show on Friday night at Mississauga’s Living Arts Centre.
Based in New York, Shen Yun has set out to revive 5,000 years of Chinese culture on stage.
Through colourful and uplifting performances, state-of-the art backdrops, and a unique orchestra that combines Eastern and Western instruments, Shen Yun has come to be known as the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company.
Among the audience members was Region of Peel engineer Darrin Dotts, who came for the opportunity to expand his cultural awareness.
“It’s been fantastic. It’s been a culturally enlightening experience for myself,” said Mr. Dotts, who was interviewed at intermission.
“Everything is good. I am thoroughly enjoying it,” he added, noting that he could easily relate to the show.
A beautiful night out
Sheridan illustration student Christina Moors was anticipating to see Shen Yun all week, and she wasn’t disappointed.
“Absolutely fantastic. The colours, the dancing, the singers, it’s wonderful. Very inspiring,” she said.
Ms. Moors attended the show with her grandmother, Sheila Burke, who works in public relations for a global chemical company.
“It was very beautiful,” said Ms. Burke, expressing appreciation for the presentation of Chinese culture depicted by Shen Yun.
She was particularly impressed by the elegance of the Mongolian Bowl Dance, an ethnic dance in which women skillfully and gracefully balance bowls on their heads in a dance of welcome. According to the program book, the performance illustrates the strong yet gentle nature of Mongolian dance.
Shen Yun’s dances are accompanied by an orchestra that blends Eastern and Western instruments in a harmonious fusion, with the Western instruments acting as the foundation and the Chinese instruments leading the melodies.
Talented bel canto performers also take the audience on a journey of hope and renewal.
The Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company, one of Shen Yun’s three equally large companies, which is visiting Mississauga this year features internationally renowned sopranos Haolan Geng and Pi-Ju Huang, as well as tenor Yuan Qu, who once studied with some of the greatest tenors including Luciano Pavarotti and Carlo Bergonzi.
“It’s beautiful, beautiful classical music, and the singers, the voices are just beautiful,” said Ms. Burke.
She warmly recommended the show to her friends, “Very worthwhile, you have to see it.”
Reporting by SOH Radio Network, NTD Television and Madalina Hubert
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s New York Company will be in Mississauga until Dec. 23 before going to Ottawa and Montreal and other dates in Ontario, Quebec, and across Canada. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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