‘I’m very impressed,’ Says Retired Banker on Shen Yun

April 10, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
A view of the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium on Monday Apr. 9
A view of the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium on Monday Apr. 9, 2012 before the start of the performances of Shen Yun Performing Arts. (Jerry Wu/The Epoch Times)

CALGARY, Canada—Shen Yun Performing Arts graced the stage one last time in Calgary’s Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium on Monday evening

“I’m very impressed … The choreography, the talent, the combination of costumes, it was absolutely amazing,” said Ildi Berbekar, a retired banker, who attended the performance with her husband and nephew.

The New York-based Shen Yun tours the world every year, presenting classical Chinese dance and music. Established in 2006, the company was formed with the aim of restrain and reviving Chinese traditional culture.

“It’s entertaining at the same time, absolutely super, super talented people,” Mrs. Berbekar said about the performance.

With short dance pieces with themes from ranging from the legends of the culture’s creation over 5 millennia ago to modern China, the show takes audience members on a tour through different parts of China and the different historical times, teaching them about Chinese culture and the cherished traditional values in the Middle Kingdom.

“Very impressed with the classical performance. I’ve never seen dances quite as artistic as these folks are doing,” Mr. Berbekar, said, agreeing with his wife about the superb quality of the show.

The level of skill of the Shen Yun dancers impressed Mr. Berbekar, who is a retired electrical engineer. “This must take a lot of practice to perform,” he added.

The couple’s nephew, George Berbekar, who’s also an engineer, also praised the performance. “It’s very interesting, very interesting” he said.

Reporting by Fany Qiu and Kristina Skorbach.

Shen Yun Performing Arts has three equally large companies touring the world. Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will next travel to Edmonton for two shows at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium on Apr. 10 and 11.

For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.