‘I was moved by the performance’

“It was phenomenal, it was moving, emotional. The bright colours, the transition from the [backdrop] screen to real—it blew me away.”
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“The music was phenomenal. [The erhu solo] was amazing. … When I saw the woman playing it, it was incredible. As soon as she started her first melody I knew something was there that I had to find.

“The music definitely touched my heart. That instrument was one factor of making my heart open. It gave me a different perspective.”
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“I think they hit it right on the head. I think they’ve got the best performance. … I’ve learned more now to the point where I want to learn more.

“The message, to me, is that there is more out there than what we see and hear in the news. … I think that we are very commercialized here in North America. The possessions that we think we need are not really what we need. I think this demonstrates that you can be a lot more.”
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“Like [tenor Tian Ge] said in the song, our purpose, that’s what we need to find. Once we know our purpose, then we will have our joy.

“I was moved by the performance. … I think it’s amazing. I think it really gets down to the grassroots.”
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“I have a lot of friends, I am going to tell them to come and see this.”

Scott Docherty, semi-retired
Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, Canada
Shen Yun World Company
January 18, 2017