Lawyer Sees Shen Yun for 9th Time: ‘Every time it’s a beautiful experience’

December 29, 2017

“It’s my ninth time here, I’ve been coming for nine years, since as a university student. I’ve only missed it once. Every time it’s a beautiful experience.”

“I love the art, the beauty of it, the costume design. I like the martial art elements built into the dance. I love the music—the live music is always captivating, it works so well with the design. Every year there’s some new little element and sometimes they bring in old elements, which is interesting as well.”

“There was a dance with women wearing all the jewelry that jingled [which stood out to me], and the performance itself is so lively. To make the music with the jingling jewelry, I thought it must’ve been so tiring; they were dancing all the time.”

“You can see the different elements with the divine beings and the blessed creatures and it tells a story, a beautiful story and a magical one. I like it a lot. I think it’s a great way to learn a little bit more about some kind of ancient tradition and … Chinese culture.”

“You see the beautiful dancing and the connection it has with the divine element to the dance, bringing in the stories of these ancient traditions and beliefs and presenting it in a beautiful dance.”

“That’s a perfect name.” (Shen Yun means “the beauty of divine beings dancing”).

“I would recommend it. Every year I bring someone with me, whether my parents, my grandparents, siblings, my friends, I try to show it to everyone. I think it’s really pretty.”

“I would tell [others], ‘Come see it and I’ll come with you.’ It’s definitely an eye-opener and it’s definitely an experience.”

Rita Asangarani, lawyer, law firm owner
National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Canada
December 28, 2018