VANCOUVER, Canada—Shen Yun Performing Arts graced the stage one last time at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Sunday afternoon.
Dee Lynch, a spokeswoman for the National Breast Cancer Foundation in the U.S. and co-founder and past-president of the Antrim County High Tea for Breast Cancer Prevention, attended the show with her husband.
“I thought the artistry was magnificent,” said Mrs. Lynch about the Shen Yun performance.
“It’s just a lovely, happy, happy show,” she said, adding that it’s too bad Shen Yun cannot currently perform in China.
Based in New York, Shen Yun Performing Arts has a mission to revive 5,000 years of China’s divinely-inspired culture that has been all but completely demolished after more than 60 years of Communist rule in China, according to Shen Yun’s website.
The classical Chinese dance and music company was formed by a group of overseas Chinese artists in 2006.
“They [in China] don’t have the freedom we have here and I praise this group and the other groups that are going all around the country or the world to give us a look at their culture,” Mrs. Lynch said.
Mr. and Mrs. Lynch have travelled from their hometown in Michigan to visit their son in Vancouver. The couple were attracted to the show by the TV and newspaper ads and bought their tickets.
“Here we are and enjoying it … very glad we came” Mrs. Lynch said.
She also pointed out the colourful costumes in the show and praised their beauty.
“They were so colourful and gorgeous and they fit so well on those cute bodies,” Mrs. Lynch said.
Seeing the artists perform with such energy, it was obvious that the dancers “just love” what they were doing, she said.
“That is so important nowadays that we love what we’re doing.”
Mr. Lynch said that he also enjoyed the show.
“It was pretty much colourful as I expected, and the dancing was wonderful,” Mr. Lynch said.
Reporting by Ryan Moffatt.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three companies that perform simultaneously around the world. 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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