CALGARY, Canada—Shen Yun Performing Arts graced the stage at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium on the evening of April 9, enchanting the audience with a rich display of one of the most ancient cultures in the world.
Innate in the presentation of a 5,000-year-old, divinely inspired culture are broad and profound values, such as the five cardinal virtues of benevolence, righteousness, propriety, wisdom, and faithfulness, according to Shen Yun’s website. Based in New York, the company travels around the globe, reviving the ancient Chinese culture after communist rule in China nearly decimated it.
“The story, it’s fascinating, about the good and evil, and of course always the good will win at the end,” said Nova, a jewelry designer for Micheal Hill Jewellers, an international brand that boasts more than 200 stores in Oceania and North America.
As for the production, which includes classical Chinese dance, handmade, colorful costumes, digital backdrops, and a unique orchestra joining the East and West, Nova described it as “heavenly.”
Also present in Chinese culture is a reverence for the gods and the heavens, stemming from the three religions of Confucianism, Buddhism, and Daoism, which, besides the five cardinal virtues, spawned the concepts of “man and nature must be in balance,” and “respect the heavens to know one’s destiny,” explains Shen Yun’s website. The three religions and deep spiritual virtues have guided fields as diverse as medicine, astronomy, dance, military tactics, culinary arts, and construction.
Besides boasting winners of international dance competitions and musicians from world-renowned symphonies and conservatories in its orchestras, Shen Yun’s artists include leading vocalists that sing accompanied by a piano.
“I like the wording of what they’re singing, and I think it’s a message for people that sometimes are too busy getting caught in our life and forget about, focusing on what we can have, and we forget about what’s around us,” said Nova. “Seeing this show, it’s kind of awakening in a way.”
Nova was accompanied by Gilles Croteau; the pair had seen Shen Yun once already previously.
“Love is to prevail over all, and be good to thy neighbors and treat them as yourself, and this is what [Shen Yun is] showing tonight,” said Mr. Croteau. “And this is why it’s meant to be.”
Reporting by NTD Television and Zachary Stieber.
Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world, with a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will next perform in Edmonton, Canada, April 10-11.
For more information visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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