EDMONTON, Canada—One of Canada’s top entrepreneurs, IT company president Yasmin Jivraj brought 14 guests to the Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium on Wednesday, and said the group was thrilled with the experience.
“We really liked it, it’s a good depiction of [traditional Chinese] beliefs, how it’s done with a historical context, we really liked it,” she said.
Ms. Jivraj is president and co-owner of Acrodex, one of Canada’s foremost information technology companies. She has also served as the vice president for Canada’s Association of IT Professionals and is an advocate for attracting young women to the IT sector.
In 1999, she was named as one of “Canada’s 100 Women Entrepreneurs,” and last year she received an honourary degree from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.
Ms. Jivraj said she brought a large group to Shen Yun, the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company, because she wanted to experience China’s rich traditional culture and dance.
“We really liked how they are depicting the culture and the civilization through dance,” she said.
New York-based Shen Yun is leading a renaissance of traditional Chinese culture. According to the official website, the company aims to revive 5,000 years of the traditional culture through the medium of classical Chinese dance and ethnic dance.
Brian Fischer, Assistant Deputy Minister of Shared Network Services for Service Alberta, attended the show with Ms. Jivraj and said it was “really, really, great.”
“I enjoyed the music, and I love the costumes, they are really nice—very colourful and very nice,” he said.
“I love the stories that they are telling, it’s really interesting, really great.”
Shen Yun is known for its story-based dances, which express the values of China’s traditional culture—virtues such as loyalty, propriety, and compassion.
According to the Shen Yun website, traditional Chinese culture originates from the three ideological pillars of Buddhism, Daoism, and Confucianism, and is deeply rooted in reverence for the divine.
In fact, the translation of the words “Shen Yun,” is “the beauty of heavenly beings dancing.”
Mr. Fischer said he enjoyed the stories because they were unique and captivating, and found the spiritual elements in the stories very engaging.
“It’s really interesting … they even talk about Buddha,” he said.
“I find that very interesting, so it’s good.”
Reporting by Fany Qiu and Justina Wheale.
Shen Yun Performing Arts has three equally large companies touring the world. Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will next perform in Regina on April 13.
For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org