OTTAWA, Canada—Shen Yun Performing Arts left retired soprano Nicole Elizabeth Sarrazin feeling light on her feet and ready for heavenly dreams after taking in its sold-out opening-night performance at the National Arts Centre Thursday night.
“I had goosebumps. You could feel the passion of the dancers! Oh it was outstanding. Just outstanding. I’m going to go around and say ‘you have to see this!’,” said Mrs. Sarrazin.
In her varied careers, Mrs. Sarrazin has been teacher, singer, and dance instructor. At one time, she was an accomplished soprano, performing across Europe and Canada.
She said she was impressed by the amount of work that went into the performance.
“The hours of practice to get the unison and the symmetry, it must be phenomenal. It’s incredible. And all the costumes and colours,” she said.
“It was just superb. Marvellous,” said Mrs. Sarrazin.
“We’re going to come back next year,” said her husband, teacher Jacques Laude Latreille.
“Yes, oh yes, for sure,” Mrs. Sarrazin said.
She said Shen Yun brought her back in history, something she used to teach.
“But now tonight I got to see it. It was brought to me alive,” she said of that history.
She said the interaction between the dancers and the animated digital backdrop was phenomenal.
“The backdrops are magical windows to completely different realms. From vast open grasslands in one dance to the stately elegance of Tang Dynasty pavilions in another,” reads Shen Yun’s website.
“Beautiful, just beautiful. You didn’t require a hundred things to make a décor, it was simple,” she said of the backdrop.
Mrs. Sarrazin said she also enjoyed Shen Yun’s unique philharmonic orchestra, which features Chinese instruments leading the melodies.
The music was beautiful.
“The music was beautiful,” she said, and then singled out erhu virtuoso and soloists Qi Xiaochun for special praise.
“I couldn’t believe it! With two strings she played all those notes, and her fingers were going and the speed and then the slow. I had goosebumps everywhere.”
“Accompanied with the piano, it was very well synchronized,” said Mr. Latreille, who said he also enjoyed the combination of instruments in the orchestra.
“Everything was synchronized. Everything was marvellous, just marvellous,” added Mrs. Sarrazin.
She said she enjoyed the grace of the dancers, whose long, flowing costumes often go down to the stage floor.
“You couldn’t see their feet,” she noted
“They were floating. They seemed to be floating,” Mr. Latreille added.
“It was magnificent. I’m going to sleep very well tonight,” said Mrs. Sarrazin.
Her husband said his wife would dream of the performance.
Reporting by NTD Television and Matthew Little.
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 Ottawa until Dec. 30 before going on to Montreal, Toronto, and other cities in eastern Canada. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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