CALGARY, Alberta—Shen Yun Performing Arts played its opening show to a full house at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary on Sunday afternoon.
With talented dancers performing the physically demanding movements of classical Chinese dance with ease, breathtaking animated backdrops, colourful costumes, and an orchestra combining the best of the western and Chinese musical traditions, Shen Yun presented a memorable experience for artist and musician Ibraheem Badrudeen.
“I grew up in an artistic environment, so this is kind of like a candy store for me for me in a visual sense,” Mr. Badrudeen said.
“I love it. It’s mind-blowing. The choreography, the synchronization, everything was just beautiful.”
Mr. Badrudeen, who also holds a technical position, writes music, sings, and is a dance choreographer. Having this artistic background, he said he can appreciate the hard work and effort that goes into making a performance like Shen Yun.
“They were amazing, and the professionalism, the detail, the vibration, the energy—oh my God!”
Besides the superb artistic performance, Mr. Badrudeen said the show also raised his knowledge about China’s history and culture.
“I’m privileged to be here, actually.”
Tanis Bailey, who attended the show with Mr. Badrudeen, said she was also amazed by the performance.
“The colours, the vibrance, the interaction with all the dancers, and the choreography is just amazing,” she said.
Ms. Bailey was particularly impressed by the costumes and their vibrant colours.
“The colours are just, wow! That’s all I can say, is just wow!”
Mr. Badrudeen said if the show ever comes back to Calgary, they would attend it again.
“I love this. It’s amazing,” he said.
Reporting by Justina Reichel and Omid Ghoreishi.
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.