Chinese musician Zhiheng Su was enthralled with the presentation of classical Chinese dance and music by the Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Place des Arts in Montreal on Tuesday evening.
“I have lived outside China for the past ten years, and this is the best show I’ve seen in terms of promoting traditional Chinese culture,” Mr. Su said.
Based in New York, Shen Yun Performing Arts was formed by a group of leading classical Chinese artists in 2006 with a mission to revive the true, divinely inspired culture of China and share it with the world. Since Shen Yun is based outside of China and is independent of the Chinese regime, it enjoys artistic freedom and is therefore able to bring the ancient traditions to the stage.
Reflecting on the fact that Shen Yun cannot perform in China, Mr. Su said the company has an important place in promoting universal values.
“Around the world, we love wonderful things, it’s something we all share—it’s truth, compassion, and beauty,” Mr. Su said.
“Shen Yun plays a vital role in [bringing out] these things.”
As a musician born into a musical family, Mr. Su was particularly impressed by the music of Shen Yun.
“My father plays the erhu very well, my mother plays the pipa, and I play the guzheng and guqin,” he explained.
Shen Yun has a unique orchestra, which combines traditional Chinese instruments, such as the erhu and pipa with a classical Western orchestra.
“I think the elements of Chinese musical instruments work very well with Western music. It was just perfect,” said Mr. Su.
“Even if it is very cold outside, I am warm from the bottom of my heart, and I’m very happy,” Mr. Su said about his experience attending the Shen Yun performance.
With reporting by Mathieu Côté- Desjardins and NTD Television
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s World Company will perform in Montreal until Jan. 9 before going on to Hamilton. For more information, visit Shen Yun Performing Arts
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