Shen Yun Is ‘really unforgettable,’ Says MP

April 12, 2012 Updated: April 12, 2012
Leon Benoit at Shen Yun
Leon Benoit, Member of Parliament for Vegreville-Wainwright, attends Shen Yun Performing Arts in Edmonton's Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. (Courtesy of NTD Television)

EDMONTON, Canada—For Leon Benoit, MP for Vegreville-Wainwright, Shen Yun Performing Arts presented a “terrific combination of music and dance.”

“Just spectacular,” the MP said after watching the final performance of the New York-based classical Chinese dance and music company at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium with his wife.

“It’s taken obviously a great deal of work and dedication to make this happen, and the dancers, the singers, everyone has done just a remarkable job—just leaves a great impact.”

Mr. Benoit made particular note of the animated backdrops used in the performance, and commended how the scenes and animations interacted with the dances on stage.

“The way the dancers are blended in with the background, that was phenomenal, that was just really remarkable,” he said.

“It’s a great show, really unforgettable.”

Similar to her her husband, Linda Benoit was also dazzled by the Shen Yun performance.

Linda Benoit at Shen Yun
Linda Benoit at Edmonton's Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, on April 11. (Courtesy of NTD Television)

“It was phenomenal, a moving experience, beautiful arrangements of music and dance and choreography, and a real lifted spirit,” Mrs. Benoit, who is now a semi-retired teacher, said about Shen Yun.

Besides the dances, Mrs. Benoit was also impressed by other aspects in the performance, including the colourful hand-made costumes, the Shen Yun Performing Arts Orchestra combining classical Western and traditional Chinese instruments, and the digital backdrops.

“The costumes were gorgeous, the dancers were very talented,” Mrs. Benoit said. “You can tell they were very committed to their art. I enjoyed it thoroughly, the whole thing,” she said.

With files from NTD Television.


Shen Yun Performing Arts has three equally large companies touring the world. Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will next travel to Regina to stage one performance at the Conexus Arts Centre on Friday April 13.

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