‘It’s Great Dance’

April 9, 2012 Updated: August 14, 2015

CALGARY, Alberta—Stonewall Bork, a musician with a business in mechanical repairs, said Shen Yun Performing Arts showed impressive skill during its performance at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium Sunday night.

“It’s spectacular, watching the people and the dancers, it’s wonderful to see all of that. It’s great dance,” said Mr. Bork, who plays both the guitar and saxophone and owns a company that does heating and cooling mechanical repairs.

Bork said he appreciated that element of the performance.

“Each little story has a piece of the culture,” he said, singling out the How the Monkey King Came to Be, a dance about the origins of a central character in the novel Journey to the West.

New York-based Shen Yun stages performances of classical Chinese dance, as well as ethnic and folk dances from China’s diverse regions. The performing arts company aims to revive the spiritual essence of traditional Chinese culture through the performing arts, and many of its dances tell stories from classical Chinese novels, as well as myths and legends.

Bork said he was impressed by the dancing, stories, and how Shen Yun digitally projected backdrops were integrated with the performances. The vividly animated scenes on the backdrops interact with the performers on the stage, an element Mr. Bork said he particularly enjoyed.

“All the backdrops are really neat. I can’t believe the timing,” he said, referring to the choreography that combined the backdrops and dancers.

“I can’t imagine how long it would take to practice this.”

He said he also appreciated Shen Yun’s two emcees introducing each dance, providing a bit of narration to explain the dances.

“It was all very good, the music, and the orchestra down there, I think they’re wonderful.”

Shen Yun’s unique symphony orchestra includes traditional Chinese instruments leading the melodies. Mr. Bork said he appreciated all the work that went into the music that night.

“You can definitely hear the Chinese influence in the background of the music all the time, I think the music is really really unique, so it’s neat to be able to listen to that.”

With reporting by Fany Qiu.

Shen Yun Performing Arts has three equally large companies touring the world. Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company is playing at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary until Monday before continuing on to Edmonton for two shows at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.

For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.