MONTREAL, Canada—“It was fabulous. It’s the first time I came to see such a show and I think it is just marvellous,” said Bernard Patry, federal Member of Parliament for Pierrefonds-Dollard, after taking in Shen Yun Performing Arts’ opening night at Place Des Arts.
“Everything, the choreography, everyone is just magnificent. I really feel it is fabulous,” he said during intermission.
Mr. Patry has been an MP since 1993, moving to the federal arena after serving as a mayor of a small town that is now a borough of Montreal. He currently serves as the vice-chair of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, a committee he once chaired. He was also the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development under Prime Minister Jean Chretien.
He said he found everything Shen Yun offered that night impressive.
“It’s the choreography that I loved, the music, … and all the dancers. It’s good, it’s quiet and you feel great, you feel like you are in another world,” he said.
“It's quiet in a sense that means not [a] lot of noise, but you feel good inside of yourself, that is what I mean by quiet,” he explained.
He said that good feeling left him looking forward to the second half of the show.
His wife Françoise Patry, said she was also enjoying the show very much.
“I find the costumes are very, very pretty, very colourful, and the dancers are very graceful. And it covers a lot of subjects—it’s very interesting in that field.”
She said they already knew a little bit about Chinese culture and Shen Yun reminded her of those things while also showing her more.
She found Shen Yun’s innovative animated backdrops, which at times interact with the dancers onstage, to be a highlight.
“It’s a nice mixture of technology and classical dance. It is very interesting.”
There were a number of dances she wanted to say a few words about including “Recalling the Great Qin.”
“This was very graceful and the costumes were very nice.”
Reporting by Dongyu Teng and Matthew Little.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts will be performing in Montreal through Jan. 9. For more information, visit www.ShenYunPerformingArts.org .