TORONTO—Wesley Lyn, a digital media designer for print and web, was much impressed by the classical Chinese dance and music production presented by Shen Yun Performing Arts on Saturday night at Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.
“It was excellent. It was beautiful, great colour scheme, great choreography,” he said, referring to the high-tech digital backdrops that accompany every dance and song.
Some of the scenic backdrops are animated to coordinate with the storyline or formations of their respective dances.
Mr. Lyn noted that all the elements worked nicely together.
“The costumes were very creative and well done . . . [the performances] synched well, the timing was great,” he said.
He especially enjoyed the dance that pays tribute to the plum blossom, the small, delicate flower whose beauty and resilience never fade even amid the harshest of weather.
“The colour was excellent, the costumes, the fans were great. [The choreography] went well with the music,” Mr. Lyn said.
It was his parents who told him about Shen Yun, and his whole family attended the show together.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts is comprised of three equally large dance companies that have been touring the world for five years, each with its own orchestra.
Its mission is to revive the true traditional culture of China—refined over the Middle Kingdom’s 5,000 years of rich history—through excellence in classical Chinese dance and music performance.
Mr. Lyn said he will “definitely” recommend Shen Yun to his friends.
“I would tell them to go watch this beautiful performance,” he said, which presents “a lot of history about China.”
Reporting by Allen Zhou and Cindy Chan.
Shen Yun will perform once more in Toronto before going south of the border to stage shows in Buffalo and Detroit. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org