About Shen Yun
A GIFT FROM A DIVINE LAND
There was a time long, long ago when China was known as Shen Zhou—The Land of the Divine. The arts and the culture there were considered so exquisite and so vibrant that they could only have been bestowed by the heavens, And thus the people of the land strove to hold themselves to a higher standard so as to be worthy of such gifts, Today, Shen Yun brings these gifts to you and seeks to breathe new life into traditional Chinese culture while providing an experience of sublime beauty.
"Inspired… These beautiful, gifted people are expressing something that’s both pure and good."
– Philadelphia Weekly
Shen Yun offers an exhilarating world-class production on a grand scale and exquisite performances that celebrate the pure excellence and grandeur of classical Chinese dance and music inspired by the myths, legends, and divine beauty of 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture. An art form several millennia old, Chinese dance is refreshingly dynamic and expressive. Ancient legends and heroic figures come to life through its leaps, spins, and delicate gestures.
Perhaps it is the quiet gentleness of the heavenly maidens that reminds us of a better time and a better world. Perhaps it is the conviction of warriors dashing across the plains that tells us that good always defeats evil, in the end. Or perhaps it is the timeless stories of courage and compassion, kindness and kinship. Whatever it is, Shen Yun has touched the hearts of millions. "I cried a few times," one audience member confessed. "What I saw was power, honesty, and integrity—I am grateful for that."
"Absolutely stunning ... moved to tears, absolutely. ... The show far exceeded my expectations."
A PERFORMANCE 5,000 YEARS IN THE MAKING
– Senator Elizabeth Hubley
A performance by Shen Yun is traditional Chinese culture as it was meant to be: a study in grace, wisdom, and virtue distilled from five millennia of Chinese civilization. The classically trained dancers, musicians, and singers of Shen Yun Performing Arts share a singular vision: to revive and restore Chinese culture to its former, glorious state.
Through the universal language of dance and music, Shen Yun weaves stories of ancient heroic legends, divinely inspired epics, enchanting dreams, gorgeous cultural dances, and modern dramas—the human spirit triumphs over adversity in powerful, thought-provoking dances—all of which evoke ancient principles and virtues of reverence, compassion and strength of spirit, leaving audiences entertained, uplifted and inspired.
Its masterful choreography ranges from grand imperial processions to legions of thunderous drums, with gorgeously costumed dancers moving in stunning synchronized patterns. Spectacular visuals take you to another world, with blossoming landscapes and celestial palaces appearing on beautiful animated backdrops. Meanwhile, the Shen Yun orchestra performs all-original compositions while combining classical Western and Chinese instruments as never before.
"Lavish production, colorful sets, dazzling costumes, brilliant choreography, extravagantly beautiful."
Posters of Shen Yun shows in Los Angeles, 2008 - 2014
– Broadway World
Every year, Shen Yun unveils an entirely new lineup of dances, songs, and musical scores. At the core of Shen Yun’s performances is classical Chinese dance with China's numerous ethnic and folk dance styles rounding out the evening.
In a collection of short pieces, audiences travel from the Himalayas to tropical lake-filled regions; from the legends of the culture’s creation over 5,000 years ago to stories of courage in China today; from the highest heavens down to the dusty plateaus of the Middle Kingdom—Shen Yun is a journey through China’s history and culture, all packed into a 2 hour show.
A NEW JOURNEY IS ABOUT TO BEGIN...
In its inaugural 2006-2007 season, the company performed for some 200,000 people. In 2007-2008, the number swelled to 600,000. After touring over 100 cities on five continents in 2009 and performing to over 800,000 and enchanting over 1 million live audience members around the world so far in 2010, it is now a 100-city, 30-country phenomenon, including 350 performances worldwide.
The show has graced some of the most prestigious stages in the world, from the Royal Festival Hall in London to the Kennedy Centre in Washington, DC.
Shen Yun Performing Arts, the world’s premier Chinese dance and music company, is returning to Los Angeles with a spectacular and original production of Chinese classical dance and music. It is an experience you won't want to miss.
"I have reviewed over 3,000 shows since 1942. … I will give this production five stars. That’s the top! … I’ve never seen anything like that. I’ve seen enough Broadway shows that still cannot compare to what I saw tonight."
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"The best word to use is ‘mind blowing’... You should go back and see it about six times!"
– Richard Connema, Talkin’ Broadway