Shen Yun ‘Colourful, Vibrant, Active’

January 24, 2014 Updated: February 25, 2014

 VANCOUVER—Libby Harrington, who runs an architectural firm in downtown Vancouver, was thrilled with the lavish production. Shen Yun Performing Arts presented at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Thursday evening.

”Very interesting, very different, very diverse, very colourful—talented people. Really enjoying it,” she said during the intermission.

”I love the dancing, the costumes, and actually the set—everything pretty much.”

To the music of a live orchestra, Shen Yun stages mainly classical Chinese dance, an art form that was enriched as it was passed down over thousands of years in China, dynasty after dynasty.

For Ms. Harrington, experiencing classical Chinese dance was something new and different.

”I love it, it’s quite different. I do go to the ballet and a few of the other dances, so it’s very different, very delicate, I think,” she said.

New York-based Shen Yun’s mission is to revive the 5,000 years of authentic traditional Chinese culture that has been all but lost under decades of communist rule.

The heart and soul of this ancient culture can be found in principles such as compassion, justice, and respect for the heavens, as explained on the Shen Yun website.

“It’s old, ancient, [and has what] I think looks like a good sense of humour. They really embrace the culture, which is nice,” said Ms. Harrington.

She concluded by describing the performance as “colourful, vibrant, active.”

Reporting by NTD Television and Joan Delaney

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit

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