MONTREAL, Québec—Shen Yun Performing Arts is all set to return to Montreal Friday night to begin its run at Place des Arts (PDA) in Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, the largest and most prestigious of the five performance halls at the cultural complex in the heart of the city.
Currently more than 90 percent of some 12,000 tickets have been sold to the premier classical Chinese dance and music production, which will play from Jan. 15 to 17.
“The demand is really very keen to see the show, and we hope to be able to continually increase the number of tickets over the coming years,” said Jin Chengzhi, one of the local organizers of the show.
Just before Christmas, about 68 percent of the tickets were already sold, Mr. Jin said. Event organizers expect to see a full house similar to last year when the show played at Théâtre Maisonneuve, PDA’s second largest performing hall.
Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, which seats 2,990 people, is the largest multi-purpose concert hall in Canada and features the most state-of-the-art technical equipment and facilities, according to PDA.
This year is Shen Yun Performing Arts’ fourth consecutive year to grace the stage in Montreal. The shows in this second largest city in Canada are part of the 2010 world tour by the non-profit, New York-based company whose mission is to revive the true 5,000-year-old cultural and artistic traditions of China that thrived before communist rule began.
The Canadian leg of the tour began on Jan. 6 with three shows in Kitchener-Waterloo marked by full houses, standing ovations, and multiple curtain calls.
The company of leading classical Chinese dancers, singers, and musicians then travelled to Ottawa for another three shows on Jan. 10 and 11 at the National Arts Centre.
Due to public demand after the nearly 7,000 available tickets sold out, the NAC began selling tickets to the standing-room space at the back of Southam Hall a day in advance of the opening show.
This year the Shen Yun global tour will visit more than 100 cities on five continents, including 10 Canadian cities.
After the Montreal presentations, the show will play in Hamilton and Toronto. At the end of January, it will head south to several U.S. cities before returning to Canada to perform in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, and Winnipeg.
Montreal’s PDA is one of the largest cultural complexes in North America, and Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier is home to three world-renowned resident companies: the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréa,l, and L'Opéra de Montréal.
The concert hall, named in honour of the eminent conductor Wilfrid Pelletier, showcases many acclaimed international performing artists every year.
Shen Yun performs at Place des Arts on Friday, Jan. 15, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 16, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 17, at 2 p.m.
For more information, please visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.