OTTAWA—Tickets to the Divine Performing Arts show at Ottawa's National Arts Centre on Sunday afternoon were a Christmas present from Mr. Lebrun to his wife.
“We’re always interested in Chinese culture and that was a perfect time,” said Mr. Lebrun, a director of business development with a leading financial services company.
After watching the show by the premier classical Chinese performing arts company, Mr. Lebrun commented that Chinese culture seems to look deeply at history. He particularly liked “the way [the performances] bring nature to life.”
The show is a visual feast of classical Chinese dance and Chinese ethnic and folk dance performed to original music. Along with the live orchestra that brings together Chinese and Western music and instruments, the show also features solo singers and musicians.
Many of the pieces tell a story based on ancient Chinese history or events in modern-day China.
“You can understand the story even though no one is talking,” said Mrs. Lebrun, a realtor.
“When you hear the music and [see] the dancers together, it’s amazing the stories they’re saying. All of them are so beautiful. I don’t have a preference,” said Mr. Lebrun.
“Beautiful colours, very well done … They bring the story to life,” said Mrs. Lebrun.
The piece that impressed her most was the story of a young father who was beaten and persecuted to death for practising Falun Dafa, a spiritual discipline that is banned in China ["Heaven Awaits Us Despite Persecution"].
The story also brought a message of faith and hope despite tragedy.
“It was touching,” said Mrs. Lebrun, adding that she thought the performers were “real believers, and that’s how they heal—with the music and dance.”
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