OTTAWA, Canada—It has been just over a year since Captain Gilles Plouffe last saw Shen Yun Performing Arts with his family at the National Arts Centre, and his second experience at the show was just as magical.
Mr. Plouffe, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient and chief of security at the Place du Portage office complex through Commissionaires Ottawa, attended the Saturday evening performance with his son, Raymond.
“It’s becoming a yearly [tradition],” Mr. Plouffe said, adding that Raymond ensured they got tickets again after being deeply touched by last year’s show.
“It’s the second one and we’re really appreciating it. We recommend it to all our friends of course.”
Mr. Plouffe was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal on Oct. 4 for 22 years of service with Commissionaires, as well as his devotion to volunteering in his community.
He said he appreciates Shen Yun not only for its pageantry and beauty, but also for its mission to to restore traditional Chinese culture.
New York-based Shen Yun is a world-renowned classical Chinese dance and music company that aims to revive 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture—much of which has been destroyed by systematic campaigns under the Chinese Communist Party.
Among its story-based dances are beautifully told myths and legends from ancient China, as well as true-life stories of courage in the face of injustice and persecution by the ruling communist party, in particular the peaceful resistance of practitioners of the spiritual discipline of Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong.
“We have the same concerns worldwide. We don’t like injustice, everybody wants to be treated fairly, everybody wants to love their fellow man. And this message is there [in Shen Yun]. The message is conveyed, and received.”
Mr. Plouffe said he also appreciated the lovely costumes and Shen Yun’s digital backdrops, which provide vivid animated settings for each dance.
“The pageantry, the dresses, beautiful imagery, and the synchronicity with the video and the actors is beautiful and seamless,” he said.
Mr. Plouffe was also impressed with Shen Yun’s large group dances, the largest of which featuring dozens of dancers in perfectly choreographed synchronicity with each other.
“Everything is synchronized. I really appreciate that,” he said. “The pageantry, everything is nice and well-coordinated.”
He also appreciated the trilingual emcees, who introduce each dance in the program, allowing audience members of all backgrounds to get a deeper understanding of each dance-story.
“It’s fun—they speak French, English, Chinese, and it’s beautiful,” Mr. Plouffe said.
In addition, Shen Yun features solo vocalists who sing in bel canto operatic style with Chinese lyrics. The lyrics are translated into English, French, and Chinese and projected on digital backdrops behind the singers.
“The singing for the soprano and the tenor was on the display,” Mr. Plouffe said. “We see the words so we can appreciate what he or she is saying or singing and it makes it that much more enjoyable.”
Raymond, who suffers from autism, also attended the show for the second time with his father. He said the all-new program was just as exciting as last year.
With reporting by Susan Chen and Justina Wheale
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s New York Company will be in Ottawa until Dec. 30 before going on to Montreal, Toronto, and other cities in eastern Canada.
For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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