MONTREAL—The sold-out opening night of Shen Yun Performing Arts at Montreal’s Place des Arts gave a Quebec-based high-tech company vice president a new experience of Chinese culture.
“You see the different part of the Chinese culture, true history and true geography, from Mongolia to China to various dynasties, to Tibet, so [there’s] a wide spectrum of traditions,” said Jacques Blain, Vice-President Software, Systems & Technologies at Tecnar.
“I liked it very much.”
Shen Yun stages performances of mainly classical Chinese dance, a traditional passed down dynasty after dynasty in the imperial courts and opera houses of China. In addition to classical Chinese dance, Shen Yun also presents folk dances of the dominant Han ethnicity and ethnic dances from China’s other lesser known ethnic groups.
“I used to dance when I was young and I was very impressed by the technical expertise of the dancers, and the music. It was beautiful,” said Mr. Blain.
“They move very, very well; they are very excellent dancers. They are classically trained in Chinese classical dance … they are very strong dancers.”
Mr. Blain also enjoyed Shen Yun’s wide array of costumes.
“Very bright colours, very impressive diversity of costumes,” he said.
Shen Yun’s costume artists collect countless designs, ranging from everyday clothing to imperial robes. They use bright colours to tailor and recreate hundreds of new pieces each season.
Mr. Blain worked nearly 10 years at Canada’s National Research Council as a researcher and then group leader. At Tecnar, he is responsible for the prototype development and first market deployment of several products.
“His expertise in software design and his experience with technology transfer are key elements of the company’s success,” reads Tecnar’s website.
On a lighter note, his company bio mentions ongoing efforts to polish his Argentinian tango steps.
With four shows remaining in Montreal, Shen Yun has sold almost every available seat at Place des Arts.
Reporting by SOH Radio Network and Matthew Little.
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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