MONTREAL—On Friday night, Shen Yun Performing Arts performed another sold-out show at the city’s Place des Arts theatre. The world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company, Shen Yun kicked off the year with five shows in the city Jan. 3-6.
Adel Zaher, owner of a Montreal-based electronics company, came to see the show with his wife.
“It’s incredible,” said Mr. Zaher, who was particularly fascinated by Shen Yun’s female dancers. “It’s amazing,” he said. “The sequence, the timing, the beauty—everything is beautiful.”
“Every time they do a piece, it has a story, it has a meaning, and you can’t miss it,” he said.
“So many beautiful stories there. It’s incredible,” he added.
Established in 2006, the New York-based company has set out to “reclaim and revive the true, divinely inspired cultural heritage of China,” according to its mission statement.
From the story of the Creator who brings divine beings on Earth to create Chinese history, to contemporary tales of courage and faith, Shen Yun takes audiences on a tour encompassing 5,000 years of civilization.
The company also features internationally renowned bel canto singers, as well as a unique orchestra that combines Eastern and Western instruments for a fresh, harmonious sound. Mr. Zaher who has a deep appreciation for Chinese art and music, was in for a memorable experience.
Mr. and Mrs. Zaher had first heard about the show from a Chinese friend.
“He told us, ‘You don’t miss the show, and it’s worth the travel from anywhere to come see it,’” he said.
They were happy they came.
Reporting by SOH Radio Network and Madalina Hubert
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. After playing five shows in Montreal Jan. 3-6, Shen Yun’s New York Company will play one 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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