Shen Yun means the beauty of divine beings dancing. China’s ancient culture is deeply spiritual and based on the idea of harmony among Heaven, Earth and Humankind.
The Chinese Communist Party doctrine however teaches just the opposite, officially atheist, it sees spiritual culture as a threat to its power. For decades it has tried to destroy the ancient heritage, and it nearly succeeded.
In 2006, a group of artists in New York formed Shen Yun and have brought this culture back from the brink of extinction. Shen Yun is not allowed to perform in China, but their message will not be stopped, with five different groups traveling the world simultaneously bringing their message to the world.
The imagery screen on display truly immerses you into the stories unlike anything I’ve experienced before. You are taken to magical and mystical worlds, as well as given a glimpse into the real world under Communist China.
You also never know what you may see with each show, as no two are alike. This performance gave us a chance to see an amazing soprano opera singer, and a chance to hear Xiaochun Qi play the two string Ehru, or Chinese violin, and the music that came from this instrument still sends chills down my spine.
Become one with Nature, and embody the spirit and message these young performers are giving to the world by carrying out their cultures ancient traditions.