"All the performers deserve to recognized and appreciated. It was beautiful, not just in terms of technique, but in terms of message. I think it is very beautiful," said Ms. Schwabe, a teacher and graphic designer from Mississauga.
"The choreography is amazing," she added.
Schwabe said the cultural differences between Western traditions and the Chinese traditiona she saw in the show made an impact on her.
Shen Yun draws inspiration from China's rich 5,000-year history and among its large repertoire are many dances bringing life to the ancient legends and spiritual traditions of that civilization. Included are pieces touching on Falun Dafa, a meditation and self-cultivation practice outlawed in China today.
"I love it. I learned a lot of things, the philosophy of the Dafa. I never heard about that before, so that was very nice as well. Somebody in the audience I asked gave me a quick review of the main values of the philosophy, which was quite interesting. It was really great."
Shen Yun Performing Arts will present two more shows in Toronto before it leaves Canada. The dance company is scheduled to return in January with its all-new 2010 program. For more information visit www.ShenYunPerformingArts.org.