TORONTO—Carolina Veliz, a 3-D artist with a Toronto-based toy and game company, described Shen Yun’s Sunday afternoon performance at the Sony Centre as “a very amazing and culturally empowering show.”
“Everything was very different and very nice. The music was perfect with the performance. The choreography was amazing. It was stunning,” she said.
“It was inspiring at all different levels that I’m not used to, colour-wise and everything, musically and artistically.”
Ms. Veliz said she particularly enjoyed the piece, An Early Spring, in which the dancers deftly twirl handkerchiefs with perfect balance and precision.
“It was actually pretty impressive the way that they used the handkerchiefs, the skills that they have to have to do that—they were pretty great. I was amazed. I thought there was some kind of a trick behind it but I could see—actually I think we were six rows from the stage, so I was pretty close and it added to the fascination. It was actually pretty awesome.”
She also praised Shen Yun’s renowned backdrops, which interact with the story-based dances to the extent that characters appear to move from the stage into the backdrop and vice versa.
“I think it mixed perfectly well with the performance, they matched perfectly. I’ve never seen live go-through, the way that they jumped and then went into the animation—I’ve never seen that before and that was actually pretty awesome,” she said.
I couldn’t even tell when the transition happened. It was flawless.
She said the wide array of colours and costume styles gave her inspiration to use in her work.
“The costumes were pretty amazing, I have to say. Not only was it colourful, but the costume design was truly, truly amazing. Every detail, and I was really close to see it, was flawless.”
Since its inception in 2006, New York-based Shen Yun has brought together the talents of world-class dancers, choreographers, singers, and musicians to fulfill its mission of reviving China’s 5,000-year-old traditional culture, which the ancients believed was divinely inspired.
The Shen Yun Orchestra blends Western and Chinese instruments, such as the two-stringed erhu, the suona, and the pipa—something that struck a chord with Ms. Veliz.
“I love music and I love going to see live orchestra performing, and it was a treat to have both at the same time. … It went perfectly with the dancing, and I have nothing but good things to say about the show. Every number was very nice and the combination of Chinese and western music—I couldn’t even tell when the transition happened. It was flawless.”
She said the performance left her with a “relaxed, happy” feeling.
“It was very peaceful. It was very enjoyable.”
Reporting by NTD Television and Joan Delaney
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Following 21 successful shows Dec. 20-Jan. 13 in Mississauga, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Hamilton, Shen Yun’s New York Company finished its run of five shows in Toronto with sold-out shows Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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