HAMILTON, Canada—”Very inspirational” was how company owner Richard Douglas described the Shen Yun Performing Arts show he and his wife Elaine attended at Hamilton Place Theatre on Sunday afternoon.
“It inspires awe in you,” said Mr. Douglas, a safety consultant. “It’s just so moving, the way that the dancers all come together and the story that each one of the [dances] tells.”
They were both thrilled with the dancing in Shen Yun. The ancient art form of classical Chinese dance can range from being sedate and graceful to gravity-defying leaps, spins, and other aerial and tumbling techniques. According to the Shen Yun website, it is one of the most rigorous and expressive art forms in the world.
“[The dancers] are lovely. They’re really, really wonderful,” said Mr. Douglas.
“Exquisite,” said his wife.
Shen Yun’s huge digitally animated backdrop, which interacts with the performers to help tell the story-based dances, also impressed the couple.
“Really the way they’ve melded the two together—absolutely marvellous,” Mr. Douglas said.
“Lovely technology,” said Mrs. Douglas.
Through dance and live orchestral music as well as vocal soloists, Shen Yun takes the audience on a journey through the various dynasties across 5,000 years of Chinese culture.
“The way they put it together, it just absolutely gorgeous,” said Mr. Douglas.
Reporting by Xinxin Teng and Joan Delaney
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.