QUEBEC CITY, Canada—Shen Yun Performing Arts took the stage for one evening at the Grand Théâtre de Québec in Quebec City on Jan. 31, and in the audience was Jean-Claude Regy, who was left thoroughly inspired.
“It is an extraordinary show because it brings together a whole palette of colour, symbols, and hope in a time of change,” said Mr. Regy, a painter.
“I think that culture, dance, music must work in the sense of giving man a new hope and I think that the show is the carrier of this message.”
New York-based Shen Yun is the world’s top classical Chinese dance company, and since its inception in 2006 has become a global phenomenon. Using the universal language of music and dance, it seeks to “revive 5,000 years of Chinese civilization” and show audiences the beauty of “China before communism.” Profound takeaways such as Mr. Regy’s are not uncommon.
Mr. Regy found the combination of colours, set design, characters, choreography, and the “rhythms of the dances and songs” to be extraordinary.
“For me, they were multi-coloured butterflies that burst in the space of this theatre of Quebec,” he said.
Mr. Regy said he is Vietnamese and French, inheriting also the traditions of Buddhism from his mother’s side and Catholicism and Protestantism from his grandmothers. He has long understood the importance of spirituality to people’s growth and happiness. In Shen Yun, he found values that appeal to all of humankind, and said he hoped performance will help change the world for the better.
“So that’s why I hope that this show can last in time, and bring to young people this reflection that the world must change and that we can’t be in a world without spirituality,” he said.
“We have entered a world where communication … is done through an electronic and digital element, let’s say, and [people] don’t talk to each other anymore, or we talk to each other through that, and so I find it very harmful. We must know how to use technology, to give it a balance with life and nature. Without nature we can’t live,” he said.
“I think that there are painters and sculptors, photographers and musicians, who work in the world in this spirit,” Mr. Regy added. “We find that there are messages that pass on the beauty of the being in general, of humanity.”
The finale of Shen Yun left a deep impression on Mr. Regy.
“The Divine appears, and I think that each individual has a Divine in him because the DNA is what is transmitted to man, and for that we can say that we are infinite,” he said.
Reporting by NTD.
The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. We have covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.