MONTREAL, Canada—The first of four Shen Yun Performing Arts shows at Place Des Arts on Friday night drew praise from a retired professor and his wife who thoroughly enjoyed the New York-based dance company’s presentation of China’s traditional culture.
“Just wonderful, unbelievable. Very well choreographed, excellent dancers,” said retired economics professor Thomas Andraine, who attended the show with his wife.
“The talent of the dancers is unbelievable, their flexibility, and the beautiful choreography was unbelievable,” he added.
“The show is wonderful, I enjoyed it very much,” said Mrs. Andraine.
“I think the choreography is fantastic, particularly in one of the latest dances, the one with the imitation of horse riding.”
Mrs. Andraine was referring to Herding on the Grasslands, which depicts horsemen galloping beneath Mongolia’s blue skies and the high spirits and warm hearts of the Mongolian people.
She said she was also impressed by the message of peace and goodness imparted by the show.
“It’s the best show I’ve seen,” said her husband. “The colours and the very modern scenery in the background—it was amazing.”
Shen Yun is known for its high-tech animated backdrops that provide the landscape in which each dance unfolds, often interacting with the dancers and helping to bring the myths and legend of ancient China to life for audiences.
“The projection is very well done, with the beautiful Chinese landscape, very nice, and the disappearance of the dancers into the higher spheres,” said Mrs. Andraine.
Reporting by Dongyu Teng and Joan Delaney.
Shen Yun will play three more shows at Place Des Arts before continuing on to Toronto for five shows at Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org