MONTREAL—Shen Yun Performing Arts graced the stage at Place des Arts on Jan. 4, the first of five sold out performances.
At the core of a Shen Yun performance is classical Chinese dance, an art form that has drawn from thousands of years of different eras and dynasties, as well as ethnic and folk dance, which highlights the diverse population (55 ethnic minorities) within China.
Figure skating trainer Sabrina Preti said she was moved by Thursday’s performance.
“I find they tell a story,” she said, describing her connection with classical Chinese dance. “ It’s meaningful; you feel the most emotions.”
Preti said the performance made her happy and the fluid movements of the dancers was beautiful to see.
She will introduce the performance to her friends and family.
“They have to go see it,” she said, “because the costumes, the dances are really nice; the choreography, it’s really something to see.”
Danny Lioi, director of sales and marketing at Tidan Group of Hotels, was enthralled the performance, having already seen Shen Yun once before.
“It’s wonderful,” he said. “Very, very nice show.”
The handmade costumes adorning the dancers caught Mr. Lioi’s attention (“The colors are beautiful”), as well as the overall performance.
“It brings the arts back to Montreal,” he said, “and I really enjoy it.”
The Chinese culture portrayed in the performance struck Mr. Lioi.
“The women are very divine,” he said, “Just dancing, it’s soft, it’s wonderful. And the men … you see the power, you see the power of the men.”
Spanning back 5,000 years, ancient Chinese culture is thought to have been handed down from the heavens. Interwoven in Shen Yun are the traditional principles and virtues.
“Mortals and divine beings merge on stage as one. Principles such as benevolence and justice, propriety and wisdom, respect for the heavens, and divine retribution, all come to life, washing over the audience,” describes the company’s website. “Originating from Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism, these ideals are the essence of traditional Chinese culture.”
Mr. Lioi said he saw and felt the divinely inspired culture in Shen Yun, and that the performance is “a wonderful experience.”
Reporting by NTD Television and Zachary Stieber
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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