Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes with intermission.
“I have reviewed over 3,000 shows. None can compare to what I saw tonight. … Go back and see it six times!”
—Richard Connema, renowned Broadway critic
“This is the finest event I’ve ever been to in my life. ... I was in tears, because of the human spirit, the dignity, the power, the love, coming out of those people was astounding. ... This is the profound, quintessential end of entertainment. There is nothing beyond this. Nothing.”
—Jim Crill, producer
“Exciting to watch and really inspirational!”
—Stewart F. Lane, six-time Tony Award–winning producer
"My heart was open and I started to cry... The very beginning of the performance touched my heart so much.... I'm just blown away by this performance, ... I'm awestruck. The spirit of hope, beauty, and blessing... it's a fabulous gift to us."
—Sine Mckenna, award-winning Celtic singer
“It’s a new realm of dance—there’s a lot of depth to it, and a lot of meaning.”
—Vanessa Harwood, Officer of the Order of Canada, former principal dancer of the National Ballet of Canada
“The orchestra is phenomenal. They are very, very on top.”
— Roger Tallman, seven-time Emmy Award–winning composer/producer
“Lavish production, dazzling costumes, brilliant choreography, extravagantly beautiful.”
“5,000 years of Chinese music and dance in one night.”
—The New York Times
“A dazzling show. ... The production values are grand.”
—The Globe and Mail
5,000 Years of Civilization. Live on Stage.
All-New Show, accompanied by Shen Yun Orchestra
Presented by Falun Dafa Association of Ottawa
Every year, Shen Yun Performing Arts unveils an entirely new program. Through the universal language of dance and music, Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms and enchanting scenes, from ancient legends of valour to modern-day heroic tales, taking you on a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese civilization. Its stunning beauty and tremendous energy leave audiences uplifted and inspired.
Shen Yun has left millions in awe! Standing ovations at the world’s top venues, royalty attending in Europe, sold-out shows throughout North America, and packed houses across Asia have made Shen Yun an international phenomenon. In Ottawa, in past years the NAC has several times opened “standing room” tickets for sale to meet demand after all shows sold out.
New York-based Shen Yun features four touring companies, each with some 100 exceptional artists, including winners of top international competitions in dance and music.
Throughout history, almost every culture looked to the divine for inspiration. Today, Shen Yun’s artists follow in this noble tradition in their rigorous daily training. The result is a performance of consummate beauty, purity, and goodness. The breathtaking pageantry evokes themes of virtue, compassion, and courage at the heart of China’s divinely inspired culture. Shen Yun awakens the conscience, enlightens wisdom, and nourishes the soul.
Hear soaring songs by masterful vocalists that will move and inspire. Enjoy a unique orchestra that embraces Chinese and Western instruments in a masterful fusion. Be spellbound by stunning costumes, brilliant choreography, and state-of-the-art dynamic backdrops.
Experience the extraordinary! Experience Shen Yun.
Shen Yun’s performances are recommended for a general audience. As an advisory to adults who might bring children, the NAC recommends this production for ages 5 and up.
Classical opera or ballet performance attire is recommended.