VANCOUVER—Shen Yun’s performance at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Saturday night drew spontaneous applause during several pieces from an obviously satisfied audience.
Deepak and Alka Suri, who own two restaurants in the Vancouver area, were delighted with the show, which presents ancient Chinese culture through dance, music, and song.
“The show so far is very nice, very attractive,” said Mr. Suri during the intermission.
“The colour scheme, the kind of picturization, the choreography, the coordination, and the combination of all the artists—very, very nice. Very nicely presented.”
Many of Shen Yun’s pieces involve large-scale, synchronized dances. Two such pieces are Mongolian Bowl Dance, in which female dancers balance bowls on their heads in a dance of welcome, and Dancing for the Gods—both of which Mr. Suri particularly enjoyed.
“Very nicely choreographed. All the artists look like they’ve done tremendously good work. A lot of homework because the coordination did not fail at all, that shows how professional they are,” he said.
Mrs. Suri commented on Shen Yun Orchestras, a dance that tells the story from the beloved Chinese classic, “Journey to the West”. The piece makes use of Shen Yun’s unique backdrop, which is animated to interact with and enhance the action on stage.
“It’s something amazing in a stage show to see the man walking from the sky and then just coming down onto the Earth. It’s beautiful. It’s a really, really beautiful thing. Choreography is excellent,” she said.
New York-based Shen Yun is one of the few performing arts companies today that tours with a live orchestra. The Shen Yun Orchestra is unique in that it combines Western and Chinese instruments, such as the pipa and erhu. A Western philharmonic orchestra plays the foundation, while traditional Chinese instruments lead the melodies.
The music was the principal reason Mr. Suri wanted to see the performance.
“I just came to the show because music has no language and I enjoy music,” he said.
“Being Indo-Canadians, this is our first chance to attend a Chinese show. It really touched our heart to see the show, and reflected once again for everyone to learn and know that music has no caste and creed, no bar. [Music] is a very good medium to understand the culture, ethnicity, and everything about other cultures.”
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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