MONTREAL—As a multidisciplinary artist who focuses mainly on painting and drawing, Lydia Schrufer especially watched for the use of colour and other elements of visual art when she attended Shen Yun Performing Arts at Place des Arts on Sunday afternoon.
And she was definitely impressed after seeing the renowned classical Chinese dance and music production.
“The colour is magnificent. That is the most important thing to me. It is just stunning visually,” she said
“I love it because it feeds my sensibility as an artist. It is very colourful and very lively. And it teaches us a little bit about Chinese history, which is very nice,” she added.
Based in New York, Shen Yun takes as its mission the revival of 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture, as stated on the performing arts company’s website.
The company presents traditional Chinese culture through colourful and exhilarating performances of classical Chinese dance, along with Chinese ethnic and folk dances, that take audiences on a journey from the legends of the culture’s creation through to inspiring stories of the modern day.
Audience members often comment on the stunning digital backdrops that accompany the dances and songs, which create vivid animated settings designed to complement and synchronized all aspects of each performance, from the characters and colours of the costumes, to specific dance movements, to the storyline, and even particular notes played by the orchestra.
“The decoration, choreography, style … the tableaux are like paintings,” Ms. Schrufer said, noting that “the backdrops are spectacular.”
“You feel transported by all the visual cues that you are getting from the show. It is very well done,” she added.
She also praised the dancers for their synchronicity and unity on stage—qualities of Chinese dance that she said she enjoys very much.
“It is very symmetrical, very symbiotic, everyone is moving at the same pace, doing the same movement. I think that makes it beautiful,” Ms. Schrufer said.
She complimented the musicians as well, and the orchestra’s coordination with the dancers on stage.
“They are brilliant. The sound is very good in the hall,” she said. “The orchestra works very well and [the musicians] work very well with the artists—the dancers. I think it is very well choreographed.”
Ms. Schrufer said she received tickets for the show as a gift from her daughter for Christmas.
“I am glad I am here. It is well worth seeing,” she said.
Reporting by NTD Television and Cindy Chan.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. With its run of five sold-out shows in Montreal now complete, Shen Yun’s New York Company will play one sold-out show in Quebec City on 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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