TORONTO—Sometimes life can feel repetitive: wake up, go to work, come home, make dinner, repeat. Going through the motions, it can be easy to question one’s purpose and seek inspiration.
“There’s kind of this little something missing in people’s everyday lives,” said immigration lawyer Dov Maierovitz.
“And when you come to a performance like this and you get to see the whole spectacle and magic of everything—the magical, mystical creatures coming out of the clouds—it’s just really something to see.”
Mr. Maierovitz was at the Sony Centre on April 21 for the opening night of Shen Yun Performing Arts.
“It’s really magnificent. I would use the word divine,” he said after the performance.
New York-based Shen Yun is the world’s premiere classical Chinese dance and music company. Launching its annual tour of Eastern Canada this week, the company continues its mission of reviving China’s 5,000-year-old culture.
With stories of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales, Shen Yun aims to give audiences a taste of China’s semi-divine culture. Mr. Maierovtiz said the impact was uplifting and inspiring.
“When you come to a performance like this and you get to see the whole spectacle and magic of everything—it’s just really something to see,” he said.
“This is not something you can really describe in words.”
Maria Vrckovnik, a retired medical technician, said she felt a spiritual connection to Shen Yun and it stirred something inside her.
“It’s very pleasant, warm. It can give you sense of humanity. I’m really delighted by the way they can express their feelings with movement.”
For Ara Perez, a human rights attorney and medical student, the performance also resonated deeply.
“The words are touching my soul,” she said during the intermission, referring to the lyrics sung by soprano Tianling Song. “It’s very beautiful, deeply spiritual, especially the opera.”
“I love the way she’s singing about heaven and earth, it’s beautiful.”
Ms. Perez said the spiritual aspect is what drew her to come see Shen Yun.
“That’s why I’m here. I feel like the minute I walked in and they opened the curtains—it’s beautiful. Deeply spiritual, every moment.”
“I absolutely echo her sentiments,” said Larry Gould, Ms. Perez’s boyfriend. “Just so moving, so spiritual, so touching.”
School councillor Jason James and his recently retired mother Wanda Paramonczyk found the energy of Shen Yun both strong and tranquil.
“You could see the passion in their movements. You could feel the passion in the music and the dancing and the expression,” said Mr. James. “It was a good feeling.”
“It’s also the peace and the flow of it,” said Ms. Paramonczyk. “Their faces were smiling and it was a peaceful kind of flow, it was a natural kind of flow.”
“I would recommend it to somebody else to see it.”
Reporting by NTD Television and Epoch Times
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s International Company is currently touring Eastern Canada. For more information, visit Shen Yun Performing Arts.
Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reaction since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.