University Director Inspired by the “dynamism and energy” of Shen Yun

April 9, 2009 9:59 am Last Updated: April 12, 2009 3:09 pm

VANCOUVER, British Columbia—The cast of Shen Yun Performing Arts, playing Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre, danced their way into the hearts of Vancouverites during seven shows in the city.

Mr. MacLachlan, a director at a large university in the city, and his wife saw the Shen Yun show. He was particularly impressed with the profundity and wisdom behind the stories, a trademark of classic Chinese legends.

“The stories in the pieces, the dance and music—it’s so very interesting to get that sense of history, of style, and dynamism and energy. … The stories have a lot of meaning to them,” he said.

Mr. MacLachlin also commented on the innovative digital backdrop, a trademark of Shen Yun, which project celestial images and historic sites onto a large screen to enrich the storytelling aspects of the show.

“It worked, and it’s been in perfect timing with the music, which is very clever,” he said.

Before starting at the university, Mr. MacLachlan worked in various high-level positions for some major media companies in Vancouver.

His wife, a student at the university where he works, was impressed by the skill and training required to meet such a high performance level.

“We’re amazed at the athleticism. We’re amazed what they can do. It’s beautiful, beautiful,” she said.

Shen Yun is a dance and theatre company that seeks to revive ancient Chinese culture through the performing arts.

Known for its efforts to bring traditional Chinese stories and culture alive through classical Chinese dance, Shen Yun will travel to 80 cities on its global tour this year, performing before a total of 800,000 live audience members.

After Vancouver, Shen Yun will play in Calgary April 12 and 13, Edmonton April 15 and 16, and Regina April 19.

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