OTTAWA, Canada—Veteran educators Marie-Pierre and Alain Valoggia both heartily agree that Shen Yun Performing Arts provides a good way to open people’s minds to ancient Chinese culture after seeing the renowned classical Chinese dance production on Sunday.
Shen Yun wrapped up its Ottawa tour stop with a fifth full house at the National Arts Centre (NAC) on Dec. 30, 2012. The NAC has become Canada’s foremost showcase for the performing arts. It is actually the largest multidisciplinary, bilingual performing arts centre in North America.
Marie-Pierre and Alain Valoggia, founders of Valoggia Linguistics, are experts in science education and foreign language teaching who have an extensive international experience. They have been working in the education field for 20 years and have taught hundreds of hours to Canadian federal government employees and private clientele at the primary, secondary, and college levels.
Shen Yun’s mission, to revive 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture, spoke to Valoggias’ passion for education. This ancient culture has been systematically destroyed through decades of communist rule in China.
“It’s the reflection of a very great culture of which we know of the thousands of years of its existence and we are really happy to see this culture appear in front of our eyes in such a way,” Mr. Valoggia said, speaking in French.
“It’s a first time for us. It’s really something spectacular. We appreciate it tremendously.”
Mr. Valoggia spoke about how since communism appeared in China, people know mostly about the modern history and less so about the ancient culture.
“We don’t know much about ancient Chinese history. And that’s really unfortunate based on what we’re seeing in this show today, and we will do all we can to learn more about it, rest assured,” he said.
“We are very open to know about the Chinese history, because it’s a very long and ancient culture, so we would like to know more about it,” Mrs. Valoggia said.
The Shen Yun production comprises a variety of exhilarating dances showcasing colourful costumes and reenactments of classical Chinese legends. Classical Chinese dance forms the core of the presentation along with an orchestra featuring traditional Chinese and Western instruments. A digital backdrop depicts the diversity of the scenery of China including Mongolia and Tibet.
“It’ very complete, it’s different, the colours are so beautiful. It seems to be perfect,” Mrs. Valoggia said about performance.
“The synchronization between the dancers and the images is fabulous. It’s really something quite spectacular,” Mr. Valoggia said.
The show piqued the Valoggia’s interest in ancient China.
“Before it was something that would not cross my mind, I wasn’t seeking to learn about ancient China. After this show, I want to learn a lot more. I want to learn about ancient China,” Mr. Valoggia said.
“We want, through this show, to learn about the ancient Chinese culture that we don’t know today. In fact, we don’t know about the true values of ancient China,” he added.
The couple said that dignity, honesty, and values of the heart were themes that they felt emerged from the performance.
“For us it’s a first contact with ancient culture through audio-visual, through seeing the show, and that makes us want to learn more,” Mr. Valoggia said.
Reporting by SOH Radio Network and Rahul Vaidyanath
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.
For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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