MONTREAL—Despite snowy conditions and frigid temperatures, it was a full house at Montreal’s Place des Arts Jan. 5 as Shen Yun Performing Arts continues its five-show run.
Graphic designer Manon Séguin, owner of Manon Séguin Design, praised several aspects of the show, which presents the essence of China’s divinely inspired culture through music and dance.
“I think visually it’s really well made. The costumes are incredible,” said Ms. Séguin, who was also impressed with Shen Yun’s signature animated backdrops.
“I really liked that,” she said.
“The lighting in the media, the multi-media in the back, is really interesting. … You can have technology sometimes and it’s too much, but this seems to blend together and it’s not too much. … You really feel the perspective, especially at the beginning.”
Every year, New York-based Shen Yun tours the world with an all-new lineup of dances, songs, and musical scores. Its performances celebrate the excellence and grandeur of classical Chinese dance and music inspired by myths and legends from China’s 5,000-year history.
“The choreography is really good. I think [the dancers] are good, especially the women are very impressive,” said Ms. Séguin.
She said she particularly enjoyed Mongolian Bowl Dance and Ancient Elegance, a piece in which graceful female dancers deftly wield long, silken sleeves.
“Where they had the long sleeves, I think it was very impressive on the visual side and also fashionable, you know, the way it fits to the body.”
Reporting by Donna He and Joan Delaney.
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, Hamilton, and Toronto in its tour of eastern Canada.
For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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