QUEBEC CITY, Canada—The high calibre of Shen Yun Performing Arts’ lavish production at the Grand Théâtre in Québec City on Saturday night drew praise from ballet teacher Méliza Roy.
“I thought the costumes were really magnificent, [and] the colours. The overall direction was also very impressive,” said Ms. Roy during the intermission.
New York-based Shen Yun expresses traditional Chinese culture and values through classical Chinese dance, song, and live orchestral music, and Ms. Roy said she could see that “more and more with every presentation.”
“It’s really the sense of harmony with the music, the dance. It’s everything. It’s very thorough,” she added.
Sylvie Couture, a masseuse-physiotherapist who operates her own clinic, was simply blown away by what she saw.
“I think it’s divine. It’s pure. It touches the soul and you can’t be insensitive to such a wonderful show. With the costumes, it’s grandiose, you’re left speechless. It’s a beautiful show,” she said.
“It’s really WHOA! There’s no words to describe the show.”
Shen Yun’s mission is to revive the essence of traditional Chinese culture—which was almost lost under communist rule—and to restore virtues inherent in that culture such as compassion and justice, propriety and wisdom, and respect for the heavens.
Indeed, Ms. Couture said she found spiritual nourishment in the show.
“It heals the soul for sure,” she said. “The show is nourishing, so for the people who really need to change their routine, it’s a show to see to be nourished, it’s a nice gift to give oneself.”
Alain Alzas, president of an award-winning company that specializes in restoring and treating natural stones such as marble, granite, and terrazzo, was particularly struck by the colours and visual effects.
“It’s very colourful, the colours are unbelievable,” he said. “Magnificent stage play, the colours—everything is quite extraordinary.”
“We can really see all of China’s culture and it’s really wonderful. All the actors on stage are really extraordinary, whether it be the dancers, the singers,” he added, giving the show a “10 out of 10.”
Pierre Simard, who owns a bed & breakfast establishment in the city, said that what he took away from the show was its beauty.
“It’s trying to recreate the beauty of the heavens on earth,” he said.
Reporting by Nathalie Dieul, Liu Xiao, Tina Sun, NTD Television, Joan Delaney, and Cindy Chan
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit Shen Yun Performing Arts.
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