October 2020 update on live performances and events at the NAC.
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Music Dance

Presented by Falun Dafa Association of Ottawa

Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes including intermission.

“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, former television producer

“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, saw Shen Yun 6 times

“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 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

 “Very exciting to watch and really inspirational!”
—Stewart F. Lane, six-time Tony Award-winning producer

“The orchestra is phenomenal. They are very, very on top.”
—Roger Tallman, seven-time Emmy Award-winning composer/producer

“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.”
—Broadway World

“A dazzling show. ... The production values are grand.”
—The Globe and Mail

 “5,000 years of Chinese music and dance in one night.”
—The New York Times

5,000 Years of Civilization. Live on Stage.
Entirely New Production, accompanied by Shen Yun Orchestra

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 that has been nearly lost in modern day China. New York-based Shen Yun aims to bring back this glorious and authentic culture, 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 seven 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.

Experience the extraordinary! Experience Shen Yun.

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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.