MONTREAL—Distinguished law professor and author Ejan Mackaay and his accomplished wife Carole Mackaay were among the many theatregoers to pack the Place des Arts for Shen Yun Performing Arts on Jan.3, 2013.
The renowned Université de Montréal Professor, who has authored several books and specializes in the economic analysis of law, attended the sold-out performance with his wife Mrs. Mackaay, former General Counsel of VIA Rail Canada and member of the board of directors at both non-profit group CIRA, and the National Youth Orchestra.
“It’s extremely elegant,” he said after the show.
“Lovely,” Mrs. Mackaay added, “the colours are great.”
New York-based Shen Yun is the world’s premiere classical Chinese dance and music company. Featuring three companies that simultaneously tour the world, Shen Yun aims to revive 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture through the performing arts.
“It’s an interesting, different experience,” said Professor Mackaay, adding the show was rich and contributed to world culture.
Shen Yun features a collection of story-based dances or mini-dramas that span China’s history and include ethnic or folk dances from various geographic regions and time periods.
Mrs. Mackaay said she learned “a little bit of everything” about traditional Chinese culture through Shen Yun.
“I like the regions of China that you see [in Shen Yun],” said Mrs. Mackaay, adding she appreciated seeing the story context through the show’s digitally animated backdrops.
“I enjoyed the show very much, I liked the color and the elegance of the dance,” she said.
Professor Mackaay said the music from Shen Yun’s orchestra and vocal performances were lovely, and blended well with the dances.
One of the most memorable musical moments was the soprano and tenor performances, he added, saying, “all of the sung pieces I quite enjoyed.”
Reporting by SOH Radio Network and Justina Wheale.
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 five shows in Montreal Jan. 3-6 and one show in Quebec City Jan. 8 before going on to Kitchener, Waterloo, and Toronto in its tour of eastern Canada. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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