When Shen Yun Performing Arts opens its first show in Kitchener-Waterloo on Jan. 6, it will also be the cultural event’s Canadian premiere as it travels the world for its 2010 global tour.
The acclaimed classical Chinese performing arts company, which boasts three dance companies, two orchestras, and a host of leading artists including dancers, choreographers, singers, and composers, will grace the stage in 10 Canadian cities this year.
In January Shen Yun’s International Company will visit Ottawa, Montreal, Hamilton, and Toronto after its three-show run in Kitchener-Waterloo at Centre In The Square. In March and April it travels to Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, and Winnipeg.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney sent letters to congratulate Shen Yun’s Canadian tour, which includes 28 shows and expects to dazzle a total audience of 65,000.
Shen Yun also received warm greetings from local officials of the Kitchener-Waterloo area.
MP Stephen Woodworth of Kitchener Centre welcomed the artists and extended best wishes for a successful global tour.
“Shen Yun Performing Arts must be congratulated on their use of music and dance to bring the ideals of virtue, compassion and courage to international audiences,” Mr. Woodworth said.
“Their goal of building a more peaceful society through these performances must be commended and is one that we can all fully embrace.”
MP Gary Goodyear of Cambridge, Ontario, also sent greetings to the event organizers and patrons.
“This show is a truly breathtaking act that not only amazes but also educates men and women of all ages,” he said.
The metropolitan area encompassing the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge in southern Ontario are known as the “tri-cities” and often referred to collectively as Kitchener-Waterloo.
“Our community is blessed to have the opportunity to be part of such a beautiful showcase of talent, history and culture through the world tour performance of Shen Yun,” MP Frank Valeriote of the nearby city of Guelph noted in a greetings letter.
“Shen Yun is a captivating way of sharing,” he said.
Dr. Ken Coates, Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Waterloo, saw Shen Yun perform two years ago and said he “was truly impressed with the beauty, dignity and grace that the performers brought to the stage.”
“The Shen Yun presentation carries a powerful message of hope, reconciliation, joy and peace. It is a wonderful contribution to the spirit of the holidays and an inspiration for all of us for the New Year,” he said.
“Shen Yun reminds us of the timelessness and richness of Chinese culture. The performance also evokes the deep spirituality and wisdom of China,” added Dr. Coates.
Centre in the Square, located in Kitchener, features a multi-purpose concert hall with 2,047 permanent seats on three levels. The hall, designed to be acoustically perfect, has a state-of-the-art sound system and one of Canada’s largest orchestra pits, seating 110 musicians.
For more information, please visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org .