MONTREAL—On Sunday afternoon, Shen Yun Performing Arts graced the stage of the city’s prestigious Place des Arts theatre, concluding its three-day stop in the trendy French Canadian city.
Mr. Serge Tessier, executive director of Saint-Jérôme, an institute of higher education (CEGEP) in Quebec, attended with his wife.
“We are very impressed. We like it very much, very much. It’s fantastic,” he said.
New York-based Shen Yun presents colourful performances of classical Chinese dance, vocal and orchestral melodies, and animated backdrops.
“The dancers are extraordinary. The dancers, the costumes, the scenic backdrops, they take me on a journey,” said Mrs. Tessier.
From the legend of the Creator ushering in civilization, to beloved Chinese folktales, to lively dances representing several of China’s ethnic groups, Shen Yun provides audiences with a panorama of Chinese culture.
“We like everything in that show. We went from surprise to surprise to surprise,” Mr. Tessier said at intermission. “We anticipate to see the next performance.”
He added that he was impressed by the richness of the show.
“You have the story, you have the multimedia effects, you have the dancers, you have the singers. We are full of things to hear and to see. So it goes fast.”
Mr. Tessier also spoke about the quality of the music—world-class tenors and sopranos, as well as an accompanying orchestra, unique in its ability to seamlessly combine Western and Chinese instruments.
“The first word that comes to my mind when we speak about the music is ‘perfection.’ The songs are clear, it’s perfect, it’s perfect. No. 1,” he said.
He felt that it was not enough to see the show just once.
“That kind of show, we have to see at least two times.”
“We are so impressed by that kind of show. We have to process it,” he added.
Reporting by Grace Lee and Madalina Hubert
Shen Yun will next head to Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts (Jan. 13-16). For more information please visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.