Interior Designer Floored by Shen Yun’s Creative Colours

By Epoch Times Staff
Epoch Times Staff
Epoch Times Staff
December 29, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
Tammy Younker was inspired after watching Shen Yun
Tammy Younker was inspired after watching Shen Yun Performing Arts at the National Arts Centre, on Dec. 28, 2012. (Courtesy of NTD Television)

OTTAWA, Canada—Interior designer Tammy Younker was creatively inspired after watching Shen Yun Performing Arts at the National Arts Centre on Dec. 28, 2012.

“Its awe-inspiring and educational all at the same time. It’s really wonderful,” she said.

“I love it, it was nothing that I had anticipated.”

Ms. Younker has worked as an interior designer for 12 years across a wide variety of industries—from residential and commercial projects to hospitality, industrial, and health care.

She said the vibrant and unique colour palette in Shen Yun’s costumes was remarkable and inspiring.

“The colour combinations are wonderful,” Ms. Younker said.

“It evokes feeling and sensation and really engages the audience in what’s going on onstage—its beautiful.”

New York-based Shen Yun is a world-renowned classical Chinese dance and music company that aims to revive 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture.

According to its website, the company creates hundreds of new costumes each season and aims to achieve “an authentic presentation of the attire that comes from China’s divinely inspired traditional culture.”

“Shen Yun’s costume artists collect countless designs of traditional attire, ranging from those of emperors, ministers, and generals to the everyday clothing of the common people,” reads the website.

“Every detail is given meticulous attention and is a result of artistic inspiration and careful polishing. The designers stress harmonic balance and contrast.”

Ms. Younker said the colour combinations in the costumes were exciting, noting that she hoped to incorporate them into future projects.

“I’m in love with the turquoise, the browns, and all the golds and greens—it’s really pretty,” she said.

“I’m thinking of new colour combinations already to incorporate into my home.”

It was the first time for Ms. Younker to experience classical Chinese dance and she said the performance was “a lot of fun to watch.”

“I’ve never seen it before and it’s very interesting, I love the intricacy and the elegance of it all—fantastic,” she said.

Reporting by NTD Television and Justina Wheale.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s New York Company will be in Ottawa until Dec. 30 before going on to Montreal, Toronto, and other cities in eastern Canada. For more information, visit

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