VANCOUVER—Fashion publicist Sarah Murray brought a keen eye for colour and detail to the Saturday night Shen Yun Performing Arts show at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre, the city’s top performing arts venue.
“It’s been great. We haven’t seen it before, so I didn’t really know what to expect, but it’s very colourful and there’s lots of action going on,” she said.
As a fashion publicist, Ms. Murray couldn’t help but be impressed with the costumes worn by the performers.
“The costumes are great. I love, the long sleeves and the bowls and everything,” she said, referring to the large-scale dance pieces Ancient Elegance and Mongolian Bowl Dance.
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, according to the website
“It is inspiring, especially in the middle of winter. It’s lovely to see all those colours moving around on stage,” said Ms. Murray.
Shen Yun’s story-based dances draw upon stories and legends from China’s history, from famed novels such as “Journey to the West” and “Outlaws of the Marsh” to ancient myths and legends.
And it’s nice to have the stories,” Ms. Murray said. “They are very easy to follow.”
She also expressed appreciation for the two MCs who offer humour and brief explanations of the stories, dances, and Chinese traditions presented throughout the performance.“And the MCs are great too,” she said. “It’s nice to follow along with what they’re telling you.”
Reporting by Fany Qiu and Ryan Moffatt
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s Touring Company will play five shows in Vancouver Jan. 10-13, while the New York Company will complete its tour of eastern Canada with five shows in Toronto Jan. 17–20.
For more information, visitShenYunPerformingArts.org
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