Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes with intermission.
“Very exciting to watch and really inspirational!”
—Stewart F. Lane, six-time Tony Award-winning producer
“Everything is beyond expectation. The performances, the dancing, are superb. The costumes are wonderful. The lighting, the use of the digital screen in a very unusual way—very inventive. It’s really, really remarkable. ... All the dancers are so extraordinary. … The stories are very entertaining, engrossing, and surprising.”
—George Anthony, CBC Television executive, entertainment journalist and producer, and two-time International Emmy Award (Best Performing Arts) winner
“The 8th wonder of the world. People have no idea what they’re missing until they come here and see the show.”
—Joe Heard, former White House photographer
“They’re very, very accomplished. This is a wonderful learning experience, and I enjoyed it a lot. ... It’s extremely well done. ... It’s wonderful to have Shen Yun in the building (Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto) and really help us elevate the level of what has performed here.”
—Alexander Neef, General Director, Canadian Opera Company
“It’s very magical. … I’m just impressed with the artistry and the agility of the dancers, the choreography, it’s all really a great experience. … I’m going to insist that certain friends have to come, just to discover what they don’t know.”
—Michael Phillips, Academy Award-winning film producer
“The orchestra is phenomenal. They are very, very on top.”
—Roger Tallman, seven-time Emmy Award-winning composer/producer
“It’s superbly designed and performed… there are surprises everywhere that are just beautiful... It’s incredible.”
—Joy Coghill, Member of Order of Canada and Recipient of Governor General’s Performing Arts Award
“The performance is full of sincerity, compassion and beauty, and it also showcases stories about the principles of truthfulness, compassion and tolerance.”
—Ko Wen-Je, Mayor of Taipei, Taiwan
“This is the ultimate performance. I felt like I was in heaven. If people watch this production, their inner souls will be purified. This really is a performance for the very fortunate.”
—Choi Yun Xi, Korean award-winning dance artist
“Lavish production, dazzling costumes, brilliant choreography, extravagantly beautiful.”
“5,000 years of Chinese music and dance in one night.”
—The New York Times
“Beautiful... A nimble mastery of traditional talents.”
“Simply astounding to watch and a pleasure to the ear.”
5,000 Years of Civilization. Live on Stage.
Entirely New Show, accompanied by Shen Yun Orchestra
Presented by Falun Dafa Association of Ottawa
Shen Yun Performing Arts unveils an entirely new program every year. 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, 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 five touring companies, each with some 80 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 vocal virtuosos 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.
Discover profound wisdom and divine beauty. Discover 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.