VANCOUVER—Bob Baker, an aboriginal cultural advisor and performer, found Shen Yun Performing Arts to be “fascinating and very inspiring” after seeing the performance of the classical Chinese dance and music company on Friday evening at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
“I really enjoyed the show, the culture, the presentation of the various movements expressing emotion, expressing the imagination. The celebration of life was very inspiring.”
Mr. Baker is the co-founder of a Squamish Nation dance group called Spakwus Slolem, which translates into Eagle Song Dancers.
Born and raised in Squamish, B.C., Mr. Baker has performed for over 35 years, and has held performances in different places around the world.
Having seen Shen Yun encouraged Mr. Baker to take the performance of their group to a new level “to make the best presentation.”
“We’re kind of watching very closely on how the movements were put together and synchronization as well as the timing, of how it was presented on the stage,” he said in an interview during the intermission.
Being a performer himself, Mr. Baker could appreciate the level of skill and hard work it takes to put on a show of Shen Yun’s calibre.
“They made it look easy and that was what is so hard about it,” he said.
“They are putting a lot of energy into it, a lot of discipline, and you could almost feel the pain sometimes—some of the moves that required a lot of height, a lot of jumping, a lot of stretching.”
“It got a lot of my respect.”
Mr. Baker’s mother, who is in her 90s, said she too was amazed by Shen Yun.
“We look forward to seeing more of [the show] again. Thank my mother for encouraging us to get some tickets and get over here and enjoy,” Mr. Baker said.
Reporting by NTD Television and Omid Ghoreishi.
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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