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(Minghui.org) The New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts performed 22 shows in seven cities in the United States and Canada on February 28 through March 5, 2017. Venues filled to capacity were common, and descriptive words such as “extraordinary” and “inspiring” were frequently heard in the interviews.
“I think this entire program inspires people to think of traditional values,” said Peter Kent, a Member of Parliament and a former cabinet minister of Canada.
“There are many lessons that we can learn today from ancient times, from the Land of the Divine,” Mr. Kent noted.
“The dancers are spectacular in their movements. The costumes are very bright and always new. The orchestra is wonderful and powerfully supportive of the dance,” he said.
“It is always an uplifting experience,” said Former Toronto City councillor John Parker, who attends the performance every year. “It is genuinely inspiring.”
“Always very entertaining, but beyond entertaining,” Mr. Parker said. “A spectacular experience every time.”
“There is an optimism, a happiness, a joy that comes across in every performance, every individual, every segment of the show. That is what comes across to me every time—just an absolutely joyful delight,” he said.
“Without overstating it, it is an experience of bringing the divine to this world, and it is in the costumes, in the fabrics, the colors, in the spirit of the show, in the smiles on the faces, and the beauty of the performances,” he added.
“I’m so impressed by the skill of the dancers. It’s really quite extraordinary,” said Alexander Neef, the general director of the Canadian Opera Company.
“It’s a feeling of vibrancy and beauty, and also it’s profound, it’s spiritual,” Mr. Neef said.
“You feel that there is compassion – It all has purpose, and I like that very much,” he added.
“Exceptional… The magnificence of the projection and the new technology behind that,” said Moses Znaimer, founder and CEO of ZoomerMedia.
“The spectacle is so strong… The costumes, the movements, the beauty of the women, and the fabulous elevation of those jumps the men are able to do,” Mr. Znaimer said.
“This has a life, a spirit, a philosophy, and a force of its own,” said Joseph Sebok, an amateur actor, musician/singer, and dancer.
“The orchestra and the music are phenomenal. They not only get their notes and hit their notes, they strike their notes… They somehow can strike a chord actually from within,” he noted.
“It’s from the most ancient of melodies to the most modern of songs. It’s like you are hearing either a pulse, or a string, or a bloodline of a culture that was [once] forgotten but that just refuses to be obscured or be left in the dust of time,” Mr. Sebok said.
“It makes me curious of the Chinese culture, with truth and love and compassion,” said professional musician Elisabeth Cutler. “It’s a very rich culture.”
“We’re really enjoying the music, and the color, and the movement, and such an attractive cast. The costumes and colors are fabulous,” Mr. Cutler said.
“The orchestra is so precise and perfect,” she added.
“Phenomenal coordination, grace, and beauty all rolled into one,” said Tom Bishop, owner of Bishop MedTech Consultants. “It was very inspirational.”
“I think the culture and the history and the dancing was fantastic. The music was amazing,” Mr. Bishop said.
“I never knew that China had a rich spiritual history and how similar the spiritual history is and the spiritual messages are to those of Western society. Seeing those two elements come together in the form of dance was amazing,” he noted.
“It’s a wonderful… once-in-a-lifetime theater experience that you’ve never seen,” said Morgan Davis, president and chief banking officer at Towne Bank.
“It’s elegant; it’s precise—absolutely stunning. The colors, choreography is world-class,” Mr. Davis said.
Shen Yun will continue its North American tour with upcoming performances in Rosemont, IL on March 10–12, Las Vegas, NV on March 10–12, and Worcester, MA on March 11–12. For more information on tickets and dates, please visit http://shenyun.com.