Shen Yun Inspires Septagenarian to Live Another 75 Years

By Pam McLennan
Epoch Times Staff
Created: December 30, 2012 Last Updated: December 31, 2012
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Hélène Therien (L) attends the show with her friend Jean-Jaques Brunel (Pam McLennan/Epoch Times staff)

Hélène Therien (L) attends the show with her friend Jean-Jaques Brunel (Pam McLennan/Epoch Times staff)

OTTAWA, Canada—Shen Yun Performing Arts, the renowned classical Chinese dance company, finished its run of sold-out and full-house shows at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre on a sunny but brisk Sunday afternoon.

Retired musician Jean-Jacques Brunel, 75, attended the show with his friend Hélène Therien who had seen the show a few years ago and highly recommended it.

Mr. Brunel said he appreciated the orchestra, which is composed of a unique combination of traditional orchestral instruments and classical Chinese instruments. He plays several instruments and taught music in high school. He was also a musical director-conductor for music education.

“Everything is perfect, it’s the way the musicians attack the notes. You know music: it’s not what we play, it’s the way we play [it],” Mr. Brunel said.

He found the music to be larger than life and he felt that his life was richer from having experienced the show. “I take my hat off to everybody,” he said.

“I want to live another 75 [years],” Mr. Brunel said.

Many have commented on the uplifting positivity Shen Yun projects in its performances and some theatregoes at every show are moved to tears.

“I found this show extremely, extremely inspiring. I took my [injured grandchild] four years ago, and it inspired me, it gave me hope in life again. And to see it again today, I’m very inspired,” Ms. Therien said.

Ms. Therien comes from a musical family in which everyone likes to sing and some are in the arts. She also loves to sing and used to have a co-op selling natural foods in Lachute and then in Montreal. Now she is a caregiver of an injured child.

She said her dream is to return next year with her daughter as she thinks it will inspire her. “It’s one of the most wonderful shows I ever saw in my life.”

She said she liked everything about the show.

“Every part of this show is inspiring and very well done. Everything about it is amazing. The way they are together, the way they move,” she said. “The music, the colours, everything about it, I think, is extremely inspiring.” 

According to the Shen Yun website, classical Chinese dance has a history of thousands of years, influenced by the wisdom of each dynasty and era. These ideas are then communicated through the dance system’s three main components of bearing, form, and technical skill.

“The way they are together, the way they danced, the synchronicity, the colours, it’s so beautiful,” Mr. Brunel said. 

“Also we learn so much about the culture, and also to find out the way it’s going today. Everything, the music, these people, the way they move, the way they’re so graceful. Everything is amazing.”

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 Montreal Jan. 3-6 before going on to Toronto and other cities in Eastern Canada. 

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