The Shen Yun Performing Arts recently kicked off its seventh world tour and is ready for Ontario with performances scheduled for:
Living Arts Centre
4141 Living Arts Dr.,
National Arts Centre
53 Elgin St.,
Hamilton Place Theatre
1 Summers Lane
Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
1 Front St. E.,
What is Shen Yun exactly?
Shen Yun is defined as “the beauty of divine beings dancing.” It consists of a collection of group dance programs and 3-4 solo vocal or instrumental performances. Each dance has its own theme, story and ethnic, regional or dynastic background. At the forefront of each performance is classical Chinese dance, stunning costumes, projection and an orchestra that is made up of both Western and Chinese instruments. You do not need to speak Chinese to appreciate the material as each show is hosted by bilingual emcees who provide all the necessary background. Song lyrics are also translated on-screen. The show lasts about two hours with a 15-minute intermission.
There are some things to remember when enjoying a Shen Yun performance. In general, applauding at the end of each piece and after each act is introduced is customary but you can clap mid-performance if you are particularly moved. You are also allowed to yell ‘encore’ if you are so inclined.
You should also be prepared to dress up and arrive 30 minutes early. Classical opera or ballet performance attire is recommended and latecomers will only be seated between performances.
Soaked in history, Shen Yun absorbs elements from every era and dynasty of the ancient East and is now a complete system of dance embodying traditional aesthetic principles with unique dance movements and inner meaning. Grounded in 5000 years of culture, classical Chinese dance fuses beautiful movement with the inner meaning of intrinsic thoughts and feelings, reflecting human nature, morality and mental state.
The show is colorful and inspiring. It features hundreds of dancers, musicians and singers that spend five months on the road with the mission of reviving 5000 years of civilization. This year, the show explores “the rich tapestry of Chinese culture with new ethnic dances and never-before-seen mini-dramas.”
To see a preview:
Ticket information for Mississauga’s December 21-23 shows.
Ticket information for Ottawa’s December 28-30 shows.
Ticket information for Hamilton’s January 12-13 shows.
Ticket information for Toronto’s January 18-20 shows.
For more information, check out Shen Yun Performing Arts