VANCOUVER, Canada—Investment banker Rahim Mulji, who attended Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Sunday, said Vancouverites should see the show in order to truly appreciate traditional Chinese culture.
“Whether you are Chinese or not, Vancouver is such a multicultural city that everyone should experience it once and embrace other cultures as well,” he said during the intermission.
Mr. Mulji, an investment banker and regional vice president at TD Asset Management, said the performance opened him up to a whole new cultural experience.
“It’s really interesting, beautiful arts. It’s a very different culture that I haven’t experienced before, so to see it first hand was really spectacular,” he said
It was also Mr. Mulji’s first time to see classical Chinese dance and he was blown away by its beauty and precision.
“I didn’t know what to expect but the intricacy of it, the elegance of it, the costuming and the synchronization is pretty spectacular,” he said.
New York-based Shen Yun is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company. Formed by overseas Chinese artists in 2006, the company aims to revive 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture through the performing arts.
The performance centres around a collection of story-based dances featuring classical Chinese and ethnic or folk dance. The stories are expressed with the help of digitally animated backdrops, hundreds of handmade costumes and props, and a philharmonic orchestra that includes traditional Chinese instruments.
Mr. Mulji was amazed by the flawless coordination between all of these complex elements, which requires coordination between dozens of artists.
“It’s been spot on,” he said. “There can be so many errors that can happen in a millisecond, and everything’s been spot on, perfect.”
He was particularly impressed with the interaction between the dancers and the digital backdrops, which demands split-second timing to make it appear as if the dancers can jump right into the screen.
“So interactive to see people coming in and out of that on perfect cue and on perfect timing,” he said. “It’s really interesting.”
Reporting by Ryan Moffat and Justina Wheale
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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