Shen Yun ‘Very beautifully done,’ Says Calgary Entrepeneur

April 10, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
Nawaz Hirji (L) and Mohamed Jessa attend Shen Yun Performing Arts attend Shen Yun Performing Arts
Nawaz Hirji (L) and Mohamed Jessa attend Shen Yun Performing Arts in Calgary. (Mei Li/The Epoch Times)

CALGARY, Canada—With a final performance at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium on Monday evening, April 9, Shen Yun Performing Arts concluded its 3-show run in Calgary and will next perform in Edmonton.

For two days, the New York-based classical Chinese dance and music company dazzled Calgary audiences, including local entrepreneur Nawaz Hirji, owner of one of Canada’s largest golf course owner/operator companies, Eaglequest Golf.

“Very beautifully done, there’s no doubt about that,” said Mr. Hirji about the performance he saw on Monday night.

With a new lineup of dances, songs, and musical scores each year, Shen Yun presents audiences worldwide with classical Chinese dance as well as enthnic and folk dance styles from different regions of China.

Besides the beautifully choreographed dances, the show also features digitally animated backdrops, hundreds of colourful costumes, as well as an orchestra that combines traditional Chinese and classical Western instruments.

“The music is fantastic,” Mr. Hirji said. “The special effects are pretty good too,” he added, referring to the backdrops and different props used in the performance.

“Very charismatic, very pleasant to watch.”

Coming to see the show with Mr. Hirji was Mohamed Jessa, who enjoyed Shen Yun and said the show should travel to Calgary more often.

“The show is very good, [it’s] the best show,” Mr. Jessa said.

Reporting by Mei Li and and Omid Ghoreishi.

Shen Yun Performing Arts has three equally large companies touring the world. Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will next perform in Edmonton for two shows at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium on April 10 and 11.

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