Store Director Enjoys ‘Fantastic’ Shen Yun

January 9, 2011 Updated: January 10, 2011

MONTREAL, Quebec—When Shen Yun Performing Arts unfolds on the stage, its stunning visuals and full orchestral sound provide a feast for the senses.

This delighted Dieter Smith, store director at Toys R’ Us, who attended the Sunday afternoon show at Montreal’s Place des Arts with his family.

“I loved the show. It was fantastic,” he said.

“We brought our mother-in-law to come see the show because she’s from China and she thought it was very nice too. It was my first time seeing such a big presentation but it was great, really enjoyed it.”

One of the unique features of Shen Yun is its scenic hi-tech animated backdrops that change with every dance and scene, often interacting with what’s taking place onstage.

“I love the way they just worked the backdrop into it, and the first time we see it suddenly you see everything coming through the backdrop and then you see the real live people come out. It was kind of cool,” said Mr. Smith.

The hand-made, colourful costumes and props complement the story-based dances and their themes. Mr. Smith particularly liked the piece Plum Blossoms, in which the dancers create formations with pink fans to tell the story of the brave flowers that bloom even in the most wintry weather, symbolizing hope in China.

“I thought that was the best because it was the most colourful, the most exciting,” said Mr. Smith.

New York-based Shen Yun takes reviving the essence of traditional Chinese culture as its mission. To that end, it portrays events and legends from China’s rich 5,000-year history, from ancient times to the modern day.

“I also like how they . . . brought the old versus new together as one,” said Mr. Smith. “It was fascinating, enjoyed it.”

He added that the show helped him feel relaxed.

“It was very relaxing at times . . . it just automatically makes you relax.”

Reporting by NTD Television and Kristina Skorbach

Shen Yun will next play at Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts (Jan. 13-16). For more information please visit