It was Mr. Starr’s second time to see Shen Yun, an opportunity he said he wouldn’t have missed.
“It’s spectacular. I mean, just the costumes and the brightness and the enthusiasm—and the dancers are so good.”
Mr. Starr said the colour and movement of the performance left him stunned and wanting more.
“I can’t keep up with all the movements—and these people that are doing it are so enthusiastic and beautiful. I wish I could see the show two or three times when they are here. That is how much I like it.”
It was an experience he wished others could have, he said.
“I would just advocate that everybody come out and see this performance. If they miss it here, go to Toronto to see it, but it’s just spectacular.”
Shen Yun has sold out in Mississauga for many of the performances it has staged there in recent years. People hoping to get tickets to sold-out shows this year have gone on a waiting list. Starr said this proves Shen Yun has made a connection.
“That shows how popular it is—when you can’t get a ticket and now people are on a waiting list just to come and see the show.”
“It is something that everybody wants to see and they want to be a part of.”
“They want to see the history of China,” he said. “You can see it through the costumes, through the dancing, and I think through the enthusiasm of the people that you have dancing.”
Shen Yun was founded on a mission to revive 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture. It’s a culture rooted in the traditions of Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism, and values such as filial piety, compassion, justice, and propriety.
“The spiritually is part of the culture,” said Mr. Starr.
“The audience is just taken up—you can tell that they just think it’s a wonderful performance.”
Mr. Starr was first elected to Council in 1978, and returned in 2010 after a break.
In 1999, served as chair of the Municipal Electrical Association, representing some then 250 municipal electrical distribution utilities in the province of Ontario.
Mr. Starr also chaired the board of Enersource Hydro Mississauga for six years and served as acting president and chief executive office during part of that time.
Prior to his return to politics, he was president of Deanlee Management Inc., a family owned development company.
Reporting by NTD Television
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s World Company will perform in Toronto from Jan. 23-26. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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