Multimedia developer Gabriela Husch and her husband Martin Husch attended the show for the first time.
“I loved the colours and the choreography,” Mrs. Husch said about the performance she took in.
Shen Yun is internationally renowned for its performances featuring story-based classical Chinese dances that help bring China’s 5,000-year-old traditional arts and culture to the fore for today’s audiences to enjoy. The company also draws from ethnic and folkloric tales that reflect China’s vast regions.
Mr. Husch, a systems administrator at Athabasca University, was taken by one such dance, the “Dance of the Qiang”, one of China’s oldest ethnic groups.
“The one with the lotus flowers (Lotus Leaves) was really nice too,” he quipped.
Mr. Husch was pleasantly surprised by what he called “the fast-paced tempo of the performance.” “I thought maybe there would be some slower movement … I don’t know why I expected that. It’s nice, a lot of energy and smiles—always nice to see.”
Besides the dances, Mr. Husch said he also enjoyed the performance of the solo vocalists as well as the full orchestra accompanying the dances.
“I quite like it, the mix of it,” Mr. Husch said.
Referring to the combination of classical western and traditional Chinese instruments in the Shen Yun Performing Arts Orchestra, Ms. Husch added “I liked the mix of classical and traditional elements in the music.”
Reporting by Mei Li and Raiatea Tahana-Reese
Shen Yun Performing Arts has three equally large companies touring the world. Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will stage one more performance at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton on Wednesday April 11 before moving on to perform in Regina on April 13.
For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.