Shen Yun Is ‘A Very Elegant, Graceful, and Remarkable Show,’ Says Award-Winning Actress

March 26, 2023 ShareSHARE

VANCOUVER, Canada—Jennifer Barr, an award-winning comedian, actress, and screenwriter, attended Shen Yun’s evening performance at Queen Elizabeth Theatre with her sister Jane on March 25.

The sisters agreed that the show was remarkable, and they will definitely be returning to see more.

“The choreography, the dancing—it was so graceful and elegant. The costumes were fantastic. I will definitely go and see it again and many times over,” exclaimed Jennifer.

Both sisters have ten years of ballet experience, so they know firsthand the hard work it took to produce a show like Shen Yun. Jane added that they would definitely be bringing their mother next time.

“Production quality, the special effects combined with thousands of hours of choreography. Just exquisite,” she said.

According to its website, the name ‘Shen Yun” translates directly into “the beauty of divine beings dancing.”

Based in New York, the artists have made it their mission to revive, through dance and music, China’s divinely inspired civilization to its pre-communist glory.

Shen Yun’s performance is comprised of a series of short pieces that takes its audience on a journey through the dynasties and across the vast regions of China.

Using classical Chinese, folk, and ethnic dances, as well as solo musical performances, Shen Yun tells tales from ancient times to the modern day.

Jennifer especially enjoyed Shen Yun’s vocalist and the solo performance by the two-stringed erhu—an ancient Chinese instrument. She agreed fully with the traditional Chinese belief that music serves as a form of medicine.

“The singer—her voice was incredible. She had a beautiful voice,” she said. “Also, the other lady playing the two-stringed instrument—it was beautiful, exquisite music. Very relaxing.”

On the other hand, Jane appreciated that Shen Yun is speaking out about human rights and social issues of modern Chinese society.

“It’s just really good. Obviously, the director and the creator of the show wanted to raise huge awareness from those moments. One day, hopefully, the dictatorship will [end].”

Currently, Shen Yun is banned from the Chinese Communist Party from performing in China.

If they get a chance to speak with the artists, the sisters would like to tell them never to give up.

“It’s a very elegant, graceful, and remarkable show,” Jennifer expressed.

“Don’t ever give up and stay dancing. More people should [see this.] It should be required entertainment. It was a remarkable thing to watch.”

Reporting by Sally Lin and Jennifer Tseng.

The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. We have covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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