VANCOUVER—The Kaye family treated themselves to an afternoon at the theatre on Saturday to take in the renowned Shen Yun Performing Arts.
Ed Kaye, a lawyer and partner at Chilliwack, B.C.-based firm Waterston Law Group LLP, was impressed with Shen Yun’s orchestra.
“It was different. It’s not something we typically hear in our day-to-day life. I thought the instrumentation was great,” he said, after the Jan. 25 performance at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
The orchestra features a unique blend of traditional Chinese instruments such as the erhu and pipa leading the melody, while a Western philharmonic orchestra plays the foundation of the scores.
Mr. Kaye said the East-meets-West blend worked beautifully.
“It was very good, I really enjoyed it.”
Mr. Kaye serves as president of the Chilliwack Hospice Society and has been a director and president of the Chilliwack-Fraser Rotary Club, the Chilliwack Family YMCA, and the YMCA Endowment Foundation, as well as a director of the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce.
His wife, Allison Kaye, a teacher at School District 33 in Chilliwack, said the overall performance was excellent and the dancers performed at a high level.
“Very good choreography. It was very visually appealing, stunning costuming,” said Mrs. Kaye, who holds a Master of Education from the University of Victoria and has been teaching for 30 years.
Mr. Kaye said that through Shen Yun’s story-based dances, which traverse China’s multifaceted, 5,000-year history, audiences could get a deeper understanding of Chinese culture.
“It’s interesting. You get a bit of a sense and learn a little bit more piece by piece,” he said.
The couple’s daughter, Hailey, a student and art lover, said she felt uplifted after seeing Shen Yun.
“It’s a very alive and colourful show,” she said. “I learned it’s a very very diverse culture.”
Reporting by Ryan Moffat and Justina Wheale
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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