VANCOUVER, Canada—”It’s very traditional,” said interior designer Dana Manhal of Shen Yun Performing Arts, the New York-based company that tours the world showcasing classical Chinese dance and music.
Ms. Manhal attended Shen Yun’s opening performance—which played to a packed house—on Friday night at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
“The costumes are very beautiful, very colourful,” she said. “It’s a very traditional Chinese performance. When I look at it, the movements and dancing are very traditional, together with the costumes.”
Shen Yun’s costumes, designed in every colour of the rainbow, are known to be a crowd pleaser the world over.
According the company’s website, costume artists collect countless designs of traditional attire, ranging from those of emperors, ministers, and generals to the ethnic attire.
They aim to produce a consummate stage effect and an authentic presentation of the attire that comes from China’s divinely inspired traditional culture.
Janet Morningstar, a former secondary school teacher who also attended Friday’s performance, was impressed by the talent that was displayed.
“The dedication of the dancers, the talent, the choreography, the beautiful colours—it’s very impressive,” she said, adding that she enjoyed the classical Chinese dance.
“It’s wonderful, very colourful, tells a great history.”
Reporting by Fany Qiu and Joan Delaney.
Shen Yun has three companies touring the world. The Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will continue at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre until Feb 5.
For more information visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.