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Shen Yun ‘Something Very Positive’ After All ‘That’s Happened in the World’, Says CFO

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TORONTO—Victoria Diaconescu, the chief financial officer of a transportation and warehousing company, said she had tears in her eyes after seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts.

“It’s so emotional, it’s so colorful, and it’s so uplifting. We need shows like this, especially now, in our lives. [It] brings happiness and love and compassion—it brings it on stage,” Ms. Diaconescu said after seeing Shen Yun at the Four Seasons Centre in Toronto on the afternoon of April 2.

New York-based Shen Yun has a mission to revive the culture of China as it was before the communist regime all but destroyed it. The performing arts company presents classical Chinese dance and music, travelling the globe every year to showcase its exhilarating performances to audiences worldwide.

Ms. Diaconescu took note of the passion and dedication that she saw in Shen Yun’s performers, saying that it elated the audience as well.

“I see that in their eyes. They were happy to be there. And it was a joy to see that,” she said.

The performance was particularly special after two years of the pandemic, Ms. Diaconescu noted.

“It’s something very positive, I just love that. After all this time and everything that’s happened in the world, I had a good day, I had a lovely day. I had a day filled with music and love and passion, and it was perfect for me.”

Ms. Diaconescu said Shen Yun’s artistic director is a “brilliant man,” bringing something that “as humans, we need every day.”

“We need joy, we need happiness, we need positivity. And I think that’s what he brought to us, and I thank him … because he was able to connect to everyone.”

Shen Yun, Ms. Diaconescu added, is a performance that “everyone needs to see in their lifetime.”

“You have to see it. You’re going to find a connection to it,” she said. “When you see a perfect thing in front of you, it doesn’t matter what it is if you’re lucky that you get the opportunity to see it.”

Shen Yun’s Orchestra
“It was really impressive,” said Bogdan Jokel after seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Four Seasons Centre in Toronto on April 2, 2022. (The Epoch Times)
Bogdan Jokel, a former principal oboist with a philharmonic orchestra in Poland, was very impressed by the Chinese instruments in the Shen Yun orchestra.

Shen Yun’s orchestra is unique in its masterful blend of traditional Chinese instruments and Western instruments within a classical Western symphony orchestra. The orchestra performs original compositions to accompany the dances on the stage.

“I loved the music, loved the arrangement, and also the musicians,” he said. “It was really impressive.”

Mr. Bogdan said he was impressed by multiple aspects of Shen Yun, including the dances, choreography, and presentation of traditional Chinese culture.

“It makes me amazed,” he said.

‘Oh, the Colors!’
The Kazemi family at the Shen Yun Performing Arts performance at the Four Seasons Centre in Toronto on April 2, 2022. (Andrew Chen/The Epoch Times)
Karla Kazemi, a social media lifestyle influencer, said she and her daughter were really taken in by all the colors in Shen Yun.

“Oh, the colors! It’s so bright and vibrant and beautiful,” she said. “I really enjoyed bringing my daughter here and we both enjoyed the beautiful colors, the music, the costumes.”

Ms. Kazemi added that she was “in awe” of the talent of Shen Yun’s dancers who presented a “perfect” performance.

“Everything was just fantastic,” she said.

Bruce Kazemi, who works in the real estate sector, said Shen Yun was “breathtaking from the start.”

“The costumes, the colors, the sounds, the artistry are just absolutely wonderful,” he said.  “It was an absolutely fantastic show.”

Reporting by NTD and Andrew Chen.

The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. We have covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

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