VANCOUVER, Canada—Shen Yun Performing Arts staged the fourth of its five-show run in Vancouver to an enthusiastic audience on Saturday evening at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
Retired geophysicist Todd Anderson described Shen Yun as a “great cultural event.”
“Very colourful. Very talented people. I think the sopranos are very gifted,” he said.
Based in New York, Shen Yun presents classical Chinese dance and music in a performance that aims to revive China’s 5,000-year-old culture.
Although most of the performance is comprised of short dance pieces accompanied by original scores played by the Shen Yun Orchestra, the show also boasts vocal solos by award-winning Chinese vocalists.
Another unique aspect of the Shen Yun performances is the use of animated digital backdrops that transform the audiences to different places and time periods, from blossoming landscapes and imperial courts to celestial palaces.
“It is fantastic technology. I have never seen anything like that before—the way they disappear into the screen and the way they come out of it again. Very interesting. I’d like to learn how to do that,” said Mr. Anderson.
He said he also enjoyed the colours and the hundreds of hand-made customs in the show.
“Spectacular colour. The costumes are very well done also,” he said.
Reporting by Li Mei.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s Touring Company will play five shows in Vancouver Jan. 10-13, while the New York Company will complete its tour of eastern Canada with five shows in Toronto Jan. 17–20. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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