OTTAWA, Canada—Shen Yun Performing Arts staged the last of four shows in Ottawa on Sunday, delighting audiences with its depiction of Chinese legends, heroes, and historical tales.
The classical Chinese dance company made an impression on two friends who came to see the show, Robert Hijman, a consular officer in Ottawa, and Ron Hodge, who works in sales.
“Very, beautiful, very, very nice, very colourful, and I like the décor with the little movies, very interesting,” said said Mr. Hijman.
“Yes, it’s really quite different from anything we’ve seen before—the colours and the coordination of the troupe. It’s amazing,” said Mr. Hodge.
Classical Chinese dance is an ancient art form, passed down through imperial courts and among the people for thousands of years, enriched dynasty after dynasty. Shen Yun has made a name for itself as the world premiere classical Chinese dance performing arts company.
Mr. Hijman was impressed by the synchronicity of Shen Yun’s dancers.
“Very good, very precise and … they are so [in unison], all at the same time. It’s perfect,” he said.
“The synchronization is amazing. It’s just that they are always in step. It’s really well done, well executed,” agreed Mr. Hodge
Shen Yun travels with a unique orchestra that includes Chinese traditional instruments leading the melodies over top of the full sound of a western symphony.
“That’s special, very special,” Mr. Hodge said of the orchestra.
Mr. Hijman was impressed with Shen Yun’s digital projections. These vividly animated backdrops extend the range of stage and set dances in diverse regions and dynasties of China.
“Very nice. Very different. I’ve never seen that before in a performance,” he said.
He said he would leave remembering the colours of the show and the feeling it gave him.
“Perfect and peaceful—very, very peaceful. I feel really good.”
Mr. Hodge agreed.
“It is a very calming experience and the colours give you a feeling like you’re in the summertime,” he said.
“It’s a lot of joy you take away from it.”
Reporting by Dongyu Teng
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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