HAMILTON, Canada—Dan Lawrie, owner of Dan Lawrie Insurance Brokers, said Shen Yun Performing Arts was inspiring after he took in the show at Hamilton Place Saturday night.
“Absolutely love it. In this age of technology, to be able to express in dance those wonderful stories was really inspired,” he said.
“I love the interaction between the live performers and the screen, that was great,” he said.
That screen is Shen Yun digital projection, an animated backdrop that extends the stage and sometimes interacts with the dancers.
Mr. Lawrie said he loved the dance Sand Monk is Blessed, which is based on a scene from the beloved Chinese classic, “Journey to the West”.
In the dance, pilgrims on a journey for Buddhist scriptures encounter a shape-shifting ogre.
“That scene was amazing,” he said, praising the interaction between the animation on the screen and the live performers.
He was also impressed with Shen Yun vocal soloists, award-winning performers who sing in Chinese bel canto style with the translated lyrics projected on the backdrop behind them.
“I loved particularly the song about how striving everyday gets in the way of who we really are, because that’s part of our society today. This is a great reminder of what is really important. Important to human beings to live the life that is really important, the freedom to be who we really want to be, who we really are,” he said, referring to Do Not Lose Your Way, the first song of the night sung by soprano Huang Pi-ju.
Mr. Lawrie also commended the dancing.
“The dancing is beautiful, what can I say, it’s inspiring. We are loving the show and looking forward to the other half.”
“I’m very happy, feel very good, inspired by the show,” he said.
Mr. Lawrie concluded by saying the music being performed was lovely and they were enjoying it. Shen Yun tours with a unique orchestra that has traditional Western instruments lay the foundation of the sound while Chinese instruments lead the melodies.
“The music is lovely, very talented performers, so we’re enjoying it,” he said.
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 play two more shows in Hamilton on Jan. 13 before going on to Toronto for five shows, completing its tour of eastern Canada. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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