Chances are, you’ve seen some sort of advertising for Shen Yun somewhere — the brightly coloured image of a Chinese woman striking an elegant pose while in the air can be seen all around the world.
But what exactly is it?
Shen Yun Performing Arts was established in 2006 by practitioners of Falun Dafa, a meditation discipline based on the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance. Over the years, Shen Yun has become one of the biggest productions on earth, taking attendees back to the magical world of Ancient China.
The production features dance as the centrepiece, with classical and folk styles from China’s many ethnicities set to a live orchestra which combines Chinese and Western instruments.
You’ll witness performers adorned in an array of beautiful and traditional hand-made costumes performing and interacting with an animated backdrop, as well as vocalists singing opera in Chinese. Don’t worry — you definitely don’t have to speak Chinese to follow along, as the performance is guided by hosts who narrate everything in both English and Chinese!
Canadian audiences have described Shen Yun as “beyond expectation”, “absolutely mind-blowing”, as well as praising the beautiful costumes, colours, and use of lighting throughout the performance.
Shen Yun’s mission is to revive traditional Chinese culture. After training all year, its six companies fan out across the globe where they perform an all-new program every year to the delight of mostly sold-out audiences, at many of the best theatres in the world.
From March 22 to 31, Shen Yun will be returning to Vancouver to inspire viewers at Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Tickets start at $95 and you can get yours online now. This is one show for 2019 that you certainly don’t want to miss.
When: March 22 to 31
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre — 630 Hamilton Street
Price: Starting at $95 — Tickets available online