VANCOUVER—As a salsa dancer, Kaveh Naziripour has some idea of the training that Shen Yun Performing Arts dancers have to undergo to become proficient at classical Chinese dance.
He saw Shen Yun perform at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Friday evening.
“[The dancers] were so elegant. I’ve been dancing salsa for 7-8 years, and just having that dance background and knowing what these guys have done, it’s a lot of work that went into it undoubtedly,” said Mr. Naziripour, who is also an engineer.
New York-based Shen Yun tours internationally with an all-new lineup each year, bringing its revival of China’s authentic traditional culture to audiences around the world.
“I found it to be very entertaining and thought it represented the Chinese culture,” said Mr. Naziripour. “[The culture] is ancient, that’s my overall impression, and with tradition. I’m Iranian myself and sort of in a way I can connect to it.”
He praised Shen Yun’s unique backdrops, which are animated to enhance and interact with the action on stage.
“Very, very professionally done, very nicely done,”
He also enjoyed the soloists in the show, two sopranos and a tenor.
“I’m not a musician, but I could tell it was nicely done, very synchronized with the piano. … Very amazing, very touching.”
Reporting by Ryan Moffatt and Joan Delaney
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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