HAMILTON, ON—Allan McGuirl knows what it means to get out a message. Just over two decades ago, he and two friends started a non-profit business creating solar-powered radios for people in third world countries.
To date they have delivered some 800,000 to 126 countries.
On Wednesday night, he left Hamilton Place Theatre with his wife, Florrie, and daughter, Ruth, deeply moved by Shen Yun.
“You couldn’t put on a concert like this in China,” he said.
“Like in Beijing and major cities like that, they couldn’t put on such a program as this makes you wonder. How fortunate we are to live in Canada.”
With a mission of reviving the divinely inspired traditional culture of China, New York-based Shen Yun presents performances of classical Chinese dance and music steeped in 5,000 years of history. Many of these traditions were lost during the Cultural Revolution and Shen Yun aims to revive them.
Mr. McGuirl expressed admiration for China’s rich heritage and said it was important for people to learn about it.
“It was really a joy to see, and to learn more about China and its culture and history,” he said.
“The music and the quality of drama that came was just excellent. It was a great show,” he added.
“They had the credibility of good quality and good singing, acting, and drama. The orchestra was great, the announcers did a good job,” he said. “And then the opera singers, and the pianist was excellent.”
He also had high praise for the synchronicity of the dancers.
“The choreography was just fantastic. Everybody was exact in their positions. … It shows a lot of hard work that made it a tremendous presentation,” he noted.
“It was a great evening, fantastic,” he said.
Reporting by Matthew Little and Madalina Hubert
Shen Yun Performing Arts held its first Hamilton performance at the Hamilton Place this Wednesday night, just after it finished four successful performances in Ottawa. Later this week the show will play in Kitchener-Waterloo before going on to Montreal and then Toronto. For more information please visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org .