Toronto—Neighbours Beverly Ritchie and Sandy Matthews came from Kingston to catch the Saturday afternoon performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts at Canon Theatre.
“We are enjoying it very much,” said Ms. Matthews, a retired music teacher who taught piano for 15 years.
“The music is wonderful,” she noted, particularly commending the pianist who accompanied the vocal soloists of the classical Chinese dance and music production.
“I think that with everything—the dance and the music—everything coordinates very well,” Ms. Matthews added.
Her friend, Ms. Ritchie, who is a retired elementary school teacher, had looked up the show on the Internet before coming.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts was founded in 2006 by a group of leading Chinese dancers, choreographers, and musicians seeking to revive the authentic artistic and cultural traditions of China. In a few short years, the group has grown to three dance companies and three orchestras that perform around the world every year.
“I’m quite impressed. I like it. It’s wonderfully precise,” she said.
Ms. Ritchie also had high praise for the costumes. “I love colour so this is right up my alley. I think they really suit the fluidity of the dance,” she said.
She was delighted by the costumes featuring the distinctive Chinese water sleeves—sleeves with an extended length consisting of long strips of flowing white silk that serve to accentuate the dancer’s moods and movements.
“I think they really suit the fluidity of the dance,” said Ms. Ritchie. “It’s just fabulous.”
Ms. Matthews also admired the costumes. “They were wonderful. They’re beautiful, very nice.”
With reporting by Matthew Little.
Shen Yun will stage two more shows at Canon Theatre on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. For more information, please visit www.ShenYunPerformingArts.org.