OTTAWA, Canada—Retired music teacher Lori Snow and her friend Lois McLenaghan attended Shen Yun Performing Arts at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Saturday afternoon and were delighted with the artistry displayed in the acclaimed classical Chinese dance and music production.
“I love it,” said Ms. Snow, who taught at a large art and music program in a high school before her retirement.
“I love the dancing. The music is great. As soon as I came in I said to Lois, ‘That music is just perfect for that kind of show.’”
New York-based Shen Yun came into being in 2006 with a mission to revive China’s 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture.
Shen Yun now has three dance companies, each with its own live orchestra, that tour the world each season with an all-new show featuring top performers who include winners from international classical Chinese dance competitions.
Shen Yun features an orchestra that is unique and renowned for its blend of Eastern and Western instruments. A Western philharmonic orchestra plays the foundation, while traditional Chinese instruments, such as the pipa and erhu, lead the melodies.
Among the collection of classical Chinese dance and ethnic and folk dances showcased by Shen Yun, Ms. Snow particularly enjoyed an energetic dance that tells the story of When Shaolin Monks Protected the Emperor, and Ancient Elegance, a piece in which graceful female dancers deftly wield long, silken sleeves.
“The dancing with the veils and the long sleeves—that was so good, because I used to have scarves for my kids, my choir, and it’s so hard to do. [The dancers] are so together,” Ms. Snow said.
“The costumes are wonderful,” she added.
“It’s wonderful,” agreed her friend, who is retired from her work at Carleton University and owns a hobby farm consisting of donkeys, mules, and lamas.
“I didn’t realize about all this culture going back so far. You don’t think about that when you don’t know about it, but when you start to read about it [in the program book], you see it’s just amazing.”
Ms. McLenaghan praised both the tenor and the soprano. “She had a beautiful, beautiful voice,” she said of the soprano.
Reporting by Donna He and Joan Delaney
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 Ottawa until Dec. 30 before going on to Montreal, Toronto, and other cities in eastern Canada.
For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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