TORONTO—Ballerina Dana Von der Crone was struggling for words after taking in Shen Yun Performing Arts at Sony Centre on Sunday.
“It’s spectacular. I’m almost speechless because I loved it so much,” she said after the Jan. 26 matinee performance by the renowned classical Chinese dance and music company.
Ms. Von der Crone, who danced classical ballet for many years and has danced with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, said the Shen Yun dancers gave an impeccable performance.
“They’re top-notch, they’re stunning, they’re articulate, they’re everything that you could want to see in a dancer,” she said.
“It’s absolutely breathtaking.”
Ms. Von der Crone attended the performance with her husband, Leif Nielsen, who is the founder, owner, and creative director of Toronto-based advertising agency Cream Advertising.
“It’s very good, very creative and very imaginative,” Mr. Nielsen said. “Very beautiful.”
He was struck by the educational value of the show, saying that it immersed the audience in authentic Chinese culture and history.
“It’s very unique … very interesting [way] to describe Chinese culture to the world,” he said.
“It’s a very clever way of doing it because [China] is an area a lot of people aren’t totally familiar with if they don’t travel a lot. They just hear about it, so this is a good introduction to really understand the culture without going there.”
New York-based Shen Yun was formed in 2006 by overseas classical Chinese artists who wished to revive 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture.
The performance features about 20 presentations of music and dance that aim to capture the core essence of the traditional culture.
Mrs. Von der Crone enjoyed the format, noting that the vignettes were highly entertaining.
“The creativity of the storytelling too and the format of the show I really like,” she said, adding she appreciated the bilingual masters of ceremonies who gave an introductory explanation before each piece.
Mr. Nielsen also appreciated the display of the English translation of the lyrics sung by Shen Yun’s soprano, baritone, and tenor soloists.
“That’s very good, you understand the whole message,” he said.
According to the Shen Yun website, each song is an original composition with text that is rich with reflection on the origin and meaning of life.
Mr. Nielsen was also thrilled by the vividly animated backdrops which extend the range of the stage to bygone eras and heavenly realms. The backdrop is also timed perfectly with the dancers to create the illusion of the performers leaping in and out of the screen.
“It’s perfect,” he said. “A lot of imagination in it.”
Reporting by Allen Zhou 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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