A ‘Connoisseur of Culture’ Revels in Shen Yun and Wants More

January 10, 2014

MONTREAL, Canada—A seller of fine cars says the performance was pure luxury. Marc Bourassa, engineer and president of BMW West Island was ready to buy tickets to Shen Yun Performing Arts’ 2015 performance next year by intermission of this year’s performance.

“It’s amazing to the eye and the ear! It was very realistic when the performers were moving in and out of the giant backdrop,” said Mr. Bourassa.

That giant backdrop is Shen Yun’s vividly animated digital projection, an innovation that extends the boundaries of the stage to scenes in China’s 5,000-year-long history and divine realms beyond Earth. Shen Yun was founded on a mission to revive China’s divinely inspired culture, a heritage largely destroyed after 60 years of communist rule. 

“We learned to understand Chinese culture by seeing this show,” said Mr. Bourassa. 

He also stressed that it was very nice to, “make a journey through time to discover the different stories,” presented through many of the numbers.

One of the popular stories presented this year is called ‘Sweep Out the Tyrant,’ where a somewhat crazy monk sweeps a corrupt official from the temple where he lives. The official, Qin Hui, is responsible for executing Yue Fei, a loyal General who saved the country during the Song Dynasty ( 960-1279). 

A large tombstone was erected in honor of the brave and noble General Yue Fei and has a small platform on which there are two iron statues. One of the small statues represents Qin Hui and the other Lady Wang, his wife. Their hands are tied behind their backs, and they are on their knees. For centuries, the Chinese have seen the iron couple as the personification of selfishness and an example of a how a corrupt administration can destroy China. 

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 finished its Montreal performances on Thursday and will now go on to Hamilton, Ontario. For more information, visit Shen Yun Performing Arts

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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