MONTREAL, Canada—Internationally renowned psychologist, Dr. Emerson Douyon, attended the first sold out show of Shen Yun Performing Arts’ at Place Des Arts on Thursday, sharing his enthusiasm for the presentation at the halfway intermission.
“It was extraordinary. It was an occasion for me to know more and more about the history of China and I find also that the scenes are very spectacular. I think it was a good combination of history and art and I enjoyed it very much,” said Dr. Douyon.
Mr. Douyon said he was surprised and impressed by the combination of Chinese instruments within Shen Yun’s philharmonic orchestra and that the two vocal soloists to perform so far were both extraordinary.
“My daughter is an opera singer. I have followed that a long time, so I am in a better position to appreciate the performance. They are very high level,” he said.
His wife, Marianne Harvey, a retired lawyer, said she agreed with everything her husband said. She particularly enjoyed the diversity of colour and movement presented by Shen Yun.
“One scene after another,” she said.
“This is a gift for a new year, we wanted to start on a good foot for the new year,” said Dr. Douyon.
Dr. Douyon is a member of the Commission on Human Rights and Youth Rights. A psychologist, professor, and author of several works, Mr. Douyon holds a Doctorate in Psychology from the Université de Montréal, has served as an honorary Professor at Université de Montréal’s School of Criminology, a guest Professor at Université de Montpellier and inspector-investigator and certified expert with the Quebec Order of Psychologists. He has also been a member of the Law Commission of Canada Advisory Council and chaired the Correctional Service of Canada’s National Ethnocultural Advisory Committee.
Among the awards he has received is the Citoyen d’honneur awarded by the Ville de Montréal in 1998.
Reporting by Crystal Yin 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 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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