TORONTO— “I thought it was quite delightful, profound, and had a great message that I was happy to receive. It was presented beautifully,” said Ms. Younder, a structured settlements adviser.
Ms. Younder was referring to the opening of Shen Yun Performing Arts at Toronto’s Canon Theatre on Friday evening, which she attended with her companion Mr. Mijovick, a venture capitalist.
“There was a lot of beauty, talent …. Great story,” said Mr. Mijovick.
Shen Yun uses an innovative animated digital backdrop which adds another dimension to the production, something Mr. Mijovick enjoyed. The backdrops are custom-designed to coordinate with the costumes, choreography, lighting, and storyline for each dance.
“They came from the heavens and then they came up [onto the stage] and it was so real. It was amazing to see people coming from and then going back to the heavens. Quite profound. It was a good presentation,” he said.
Ms. Younder said she was intrigued by a flyer she had seen promoting the show, and that’s why she decided to come to Friday’s premiere.
“I was taken by the beauty of the layout and the fact that it appeared to be the beginning of time for the Chinese. It got my attention and I just wanted to see what it was all about.”
As well as story-based dances portraying myths, and legends from China’s long and rich history, Shen Yun presents performances by leading solo musicians. The full orchestra combines a blend of Western and Chinese instruments, bringing together two of the world’s greatest classical music traditions.
Mr. Mijovick, a classical pianist, praised the caliber of the performers.
“They are all very good, very competent. The skills were all solid. I don’t know what it was, but there was this freedom of expression, some richness where everyone was equal, where everyone was equally great,” he said.
“I liked all the beauty and even in the advertising …. It’s wonderful storytelling.”
Shen Yun will play three more shows at the Canon, ending its run on Sunday Oct. 11.
For more information please visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.