MISSISSAUGA, Canada—On Saturday night, the music of Shen Yun Performing Arts struck the right notes to impress two music teachers who came to see the fourth of five sold out shows at the Living Arts Centre.
New York-based Shen Yun, the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company, kicked off its North American tour in the city, leaving Stan and Anna Ziomek notably impressed.
The couple own a private school where they teach a variety of musical instruments.
“The music was beautiful. The Chinese instruments were gorgeous,” said Mr. Ziomek.
Shen Yun’s original music is played by a unique orchestra that combines a philharmonic orchestra with Chinese instruments leading the melodies.
Mrs. Ziomek noted the seamless synchronization between the music and the dance in which each note matched the movements of the dancers, and remarked that even sudden movements were well-synchronized. “It was very well done,” she said.
It made you feel a little different than you usually do. A little more peaceful, you really get to enjoy it.
The couple came accompanied by their software developer son Mac, alongside their daughter Kathy and her boyfriend Khoi.
Mrs. Ziomek and her daughter were particularly struck by the colourful costumes. They especially noted the “Phoenix Fairies” with the blue and orange accents of the dresses.
Shen Yun’s hundreds of hand-made and tailor-made costumes have wowed audience members from around the world, including world class designers who have found inspiration in the elegant fashions.
In this particular dance, a group of phoenix maidens in a far-away paradise don shimmering skirts that evoke the star-speckled sky, startling with their beauty and elegance.
“It was great,” said Mrs. Ziomek admiringly.
Valuable History Lesson
Through its performances, Shen Yun takes the audience on a journey throughout China’s history, from what are believed to be its divinely inspired origins to today’s contemporary China, stopping along the way to visit picturesque settings and heavenly realms.
Shen Yun strives to keep true not only to the stories and traditions, but also their inner meaning and values, such as kindness, courage and tolerance. This spirituality has led many audience members to remark on the positivity of the show.
The couple’s son Mac noted the serene quality. “It made you feel a little different than you usually do. A little more peaceful, you really get to enjoy it,” he said.
He was also glad to have the opportunity to learn about the rich Chinese traditions, many of whom have been lost in today’s communist China.
“It was definitely a different culture that we don’t see in Canada. It’s something that not many people in the world can see so I think it’s important to show that to the world and I really enjoyed it,” he said.
His father was grateful to Shen Yun for bringing these traditions on stage, and said he believed this to be a valuable opportunity for people in today’s people to learn the value of history.
“What we have a chance to see is tradition and thousands of years [of] tradition. That’s very important because today’s generations want to live today, they don’t want to go back [to] history and tradition,” said Mr. Ziomek.
Building the future on the basis of the past is very important, he said.
His wife expressed her admiration for the whole show. “I loved it,” she said.
She said she is looking forward to sharing her experience with her friends. “I just brought the program and the calendar and I’m hoping to show at least a part of what we saw. It’s hard to describe what we saw,” she said.
Reporting by Allen Zhou 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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