MONTREAL—It was a full house for Shen Yun Performing Arts’ Saturday afternoon performance at Montreal’s Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, the largest theatre hall in Place des Arts with some 2,990 seats.
Annie Laplante, a general contractor and interior designer, was completely swept away by the show.
“Everything is extraordinary,” she said.
Ms. Laplante works for her father’s construction company, Les Constructions D.L.A. Inc., which has been building condominiums in Montreal for over 35 years. As a professional designer, she was intrigued by the dynamic backdrops that are one of the unique features of each Shen Yun dance.
“The story, coordination with the screen, spectacular effects—it’s really good,” she said.
Not only did she like the technical aspects, including the dancing and the costumes, but the purity inherent in the show reminded Mrs. Laplante of long-lost childhood innocence.
“It brings back childhood, the innocence that we have lost over the years, with the work and everything,” she said.
“Everything is magical.”
Shen Yun’s mission is to revive 5,000 years of “divinely inspired Chinese culture,” says the company’s website. Performers dance in synch to music from a live Shen Yun orchestra that combines classical Western instruments and traditional Chinese instruments.
“Two great classical music traditions producing one fresh, unexpected sound,” the website says.
Ms. Laplante thoroughly enjoyed the music. “It’s really beautiful,” she said.“I recommend it to everyone,” Ms. Laplante said about the show.
Reporting by NTD Television and Kristina Skorbach.
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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