How Shen Yun Shares the Story of Chinese Culture Like No Other Show
NEW YORK, NY/ACCESSWIRE/February 24, 2022/ Great art reveals truth through the exploration of an experience, an idea, or a societal theme. It transforms what is most personal to its author from rigid obscurity into divine experience.
Shen Yun is exactly that, great art. When translated, Shen Yun means “the beauty of divine beings dancing,” but the show is more than just a dance production. This beautifully crafted scenic celebration of Chinese culture explores personal experiences, grand philosophical ideals, and cultural themes from over 5,000 years of Chinese history. This production has been taking guests on transcendent experiences for 16 years, and its longevity is no accident. Shen Yun is truly a show like no other.
The scale of what this production chooses to take on would be a monstrous undertaking for any production company. Yet Shen Yun managed to make it happen night after night in cities around the world. Each Shen Yun production includes approximately 40 dancers, a full Western orchestra, traditional Chinese instrumentalists, as well as a backstage team responsible for all the beautiful wardrobe, props and sets used throughout the show, which makes it one of the greatest stage productions in the world. The size and scope of this production make Shen Yun a phenomenal show, but the performance itself is about more than just a show.
A celebration of Chinese culture
When the stage is set and the curtain drawn, audiences are transported back to a world where Mongol horsemen rode to battle across the Chinese plains, where Tang court women danced elegantly for the royal family, and philosophies of Laos Tzu shaped the hearts and minds of a nation.
Shen Yun harmonizes the traditional values of Chinese culture, rooted in Confucianism and Taoism, with the world we currently face. With dances titled “Goodness in the Face of Evil” and “The Divinely Restored World,” Shen Yun uses the three fundamental elements of classical Chinese dance—dress, form, and technical skill—to tell stories that distill five millennia of civilization into a relatable experience for modern audiences. The results left viewers transformed.
“After seeing this year’s performance, I felt at peace. It was a powerful feeling of serenity,” said Patrick Tai, who attended the show in Indiana.
Those who have seen the show have embarked on a journey that balances explosive flips, jumps and spins with graceful movements accentuated by flowing clothing, and have been touched along the way. The feeling of serenity comes from being immersed in traditional ideals like harmony, benevolence, and righteousness that are often lacking in productions that attempt to achieve a similar effect.
Although there have been shows that have tried to use the superficial elements of Chinese culture to accentuate their shows, they are not up to what Shen Yun is capable of because they are not all simply unable to capture the depth of Chinese heritage. The stories in this performance are rooted in thousands of years of history and they transcend their time to tell the story of human beings finding their place in the world. Unsurprisingly, this is why Shen Yun had such a long tenure and succeeded where other productions failed.
Shen Yun is an ever-evolving show as it travels to over 150 cities around the world, but remains a constant source of inspiration for people of all ages. Whether you’re a first-time or avid viewer yourself, there’s sure to be something about the music, the dance, and the stories that will stay with you long after the final curtain falls.
“I think this show is a truly remarkable production. I watched it for several years in a row and I find it amazing that every year they create a brand new show. The technical abilities of the Shen Yun dancers are far beyond any other Chinese dance performance I have seen,” noted Mary from Seattle, Washington.
For a full list of dates, check their website and see when Shen Yun is coming to a city near you.
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