TORONTO—Michael Rosset attended Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Sony Centre on Friday night.
Mr. Rossett, president and publisher of HOMES Publishing Group, found enjoyment in the acclaimed classical Chinese dance production’s celebration of the grandness of the past as well as its adoption of technological ingenuity from the modern day.
“I love the music and I love the costumes and the tradition. I like traditional culture,” said Mr. Rosset.
Mr. Rosset’s publishing house produces leading magazines for the home market, including HOMES Magazine, condolife, active adult, and others, along with several industry publications.
Among the offerings of those publications are the latest tips and trends such as for decorating and renovating the home.
Similarly, Mr. Rosset remarked that the state-of-the-art digital projections stood out for him.
“I’m also enjoying the clever interaction with the background—very clever how you have the animation with the people come out of there and jump onto the stage, very clever,” he said.
I love the music and I love the costumes and the tradition.
— Michael Rosset
Stunning animated backdrops are a special feature of New York-based Shen Yun that many audience members say they have never seen before and find impressive and mesmerizing.
Designed to complement and synchronize every aspect of the performance, from the characters, colours, and costumes, to the storyline, music, and even the lighting, the high-tech projections transport the viewers to other worlds.
Animated scenes include depictions of characters descending from the screen and appearing on stage as their real-life dancer counterparts. In some of the story-based dances, performers leave the stage to ascend to heavenly paradises portrayed on the backdrop.
‘A very warm feeling’
“It’s beautiful,” said Karen Nemet, who accompanied Mr. Rosset to the show. “Absolutely beautiful, bright colours, very entertaining,” she said of the show overall.
Ms. Nemet, a professional matchmaker and president of Matchmaking Canada, noted that “I put people together for love.”
And it was “a very warm feeling” that she found at Shen Yun overall, while highlighting an ethnic dance titled Inspired Dance of the Yi for special mention.
“Traditional again, it’s more of a home feeling and it’s bright and beautiful. All of them are fabulous. The dancers are all wonderful,” she said.
“Very energetic, bright, … the culture is gorgeous,” she added. “The music, the costumes, the colours—it’s very, very uplifting in that way. It’s very beautiful, the scenery, the dancing.”
Shen Yun was founded in 2006 by a group of overseas Chinese artists with a wish to revive traditional Chinese culture, a 5,000 year old culture, that according to the Shen Yun website, has been nearly all but destroyed following decades of communist rule in China.
For Ms. Nemet, like Mr. Rosset, China’s culture appealed to her very much.
“I didn’t realize how deep [the] culture was with the Chinese people, family and unity and the culture, the villages, the traditions of going back in time, I didn’t realize how strong it was and that’s what I’m seeing for the first time,” Ms. Nemet said.
Reporting by Teng Dongyu and Cindy Chan
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Following 21 successful shows Dec. 20-Jan. 13 in Mississauga, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Hamilton, Shen Yun’s New York Company will play five shows in Toronto Jan. 17-20, completing its tour of eastern Canada. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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