“We enjoyed it a lot—all the dancing, the costumes, the music, the singing, . . . It was a fantastic show,” said Dr. Marion, who attended the Saturday matinee.
“I didn’t know traditional Chinese dancing and I was impressed by the dance itself. It is spectacular dancing. I enjoyed the music a lot, and the costumes were fantastic, so the whole show was wonderful.”
Shen Yun presents ethnic and folk dances as well as classical Chinese dance, one of the world’s most comprehensive dance forms and one that’s relatively unknown in the West. However, with its expansive annual global tours, New York-based Shen Yun aims to change that.
Dr. Marion said he appreciated the bilingual hosts who introduced each piece.
“I didn’t know what to expect at all. I came here without knowing anything about the dancing or the group, so fortunately we were introduced to what we were going to see [by the hosts] and that helped to understand what we were going to see,” he said.
“But still, you could figure out the story. It’s so visual, especially with the screen in the back that extends the stage to a larger universe. So if you put all that together, you could understand the story, and it’s almost a universal story.”
Shen Yun makes innovative use of animated backdrops that interact with the dancers on the stage, helping to bring the myths and legends of ancient China to life for audiences.
Reporting by NTD Television and Joan Delaney
Shen Yun will next play at Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts (Jan. 13-16). For more information, please visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.