History Professor: Shen Yun Is ‘Exquisite, a Joy’

2020/01/13

Shen Yun Performing Arts astounded and delighted one of Carleton University’s top history professors at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on Dec. 28, with its presentation of authentic Chinese culture.

“Every single time I see [Shen Yun], to me at least, it is a joy in the broadest sense of the word,” said Jacob Kovalio, associate professor at Carleton University. “Joy, artistically, of course, visually—no question about that—colorfully.”

For Kovalio, an associate professor in Carleton’s department of history, today was his third time attending New York-based Shen Yun.

“The technique includes not only the artistry of the dancers themselves but also the most up-to-date technology that is welded into it so that the impression is absolutely unforgettable,” said Kovalio.

“Beautiful, very skilled, both musically and choreographed, and the dance, and athleticism, and the emotion of it all,” Graeme Barber, a former vascular surgeon added.

“And there’s a lot of spirituality in that show tonight, said Kovalio. “I think that’s an important part of life; unfortunately, it’s not part of communist life, because they’re atheists.”

Kovalio urged Shen Yun Performing Arts to continue their efforts to revive China’s traditional culture, adding how vital their mission is to the well being of the world.

“The more, the better. Absolutely, the more Shen Yuns, the better. Precisely because it is a message that is conveyed in a historical, artistic, and even technological manner,” Kovalio added. “That is just wonderful. Very, very much needed.”