OTTAWA, Canada—Pierre Benoît, president of Caisse populaire Orléans, caught Shen Yun Performing Arts’ opening show at the National Arts Centre on Thursday night.
The New York-based company ushered in the New Year in the Canadian capital with vibrant performances of classical Chinese dance and music, as part of its brand new 2014 world tour.
“It’s fantastic. It’s full of colour,” said Mr. Benoît of the performance.
The song by soprano Guan Ling struck a note with Mr. Benoît.
“Very deep,” he said.
That depth was reflected in a cycle of life and rebirth Chinese people traditionally believed in, an idea that stood out for Mr. Benoît.
“From Heaven to Earth back to Heaven, that is quite special. I did not know that from the Chinese history,” he said.
He said he appreciated the spiritual themes that are woven throughout Shen Yun’s performance.
“It’s underlying and always very deep and subtle, so very good. I appreciated that.”
Established in 2006 by a group of overseas artists, Shen Yun has set out on a mission to revive 5,000 years of civilization, in particular the spirituality that was part of China’s divinely inspired culture.
Much of these values and traditions were lost in the decades after the Chinese Communist Party took power in China. They can no longer be seen on stage in their country of origin, but are being brought to life through Shen Yun’s performances around the world.
Reporting by NTD Television and Madalina Hubert
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun Performing Arts World Company will present three more performances in Ottawa until Jan. 4 before moving on to Montreal on Jan. 6. For more information, visit Shen Yun Performing Arts.
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