Shen Yun – Ancient Culture Reborn
Filled with magical lore, what better time to revisit ancient legends than the Chinese New Year – the Year of the Dragon?
For the past 5,000 years, China has amassed a diverse legacy of heroes, myths and values that still resonate in the present. Today, Shen Yun Performing Arts is reviving the world’s most ancient heritage in full color through dance and music. In January, right before the Chinese New Year, Shen Yun will perform at Lincoln Center with an all-new 2012 show. The show will come to ASU Gammage on Jan. 27 through 29.
Shen Yun Performing Arts, recalling the Great Chin, 2011
Shen Yun captures the spirit of ancient China, recalling the grandeur of a culture long lost. The show moves quickly from one story, region and dynasty to the next. In the valley, ladies of the Yi ethnic group dance in rainbow skirts by the river. In the heavens, celestial fairies trail silken sleeves through the clouds. Resounding drums awaken the dusty plateaus of the Middle Kingdom.
Gorgeous backdrops extend the stage, transporting the audience to distant lands and eras. An orchestra, combining Western and Chinese instruments like no other, accompanies with stirring scores. Dancers fly across the stage in an array of flips, spins, jumps and aerials. The energy of classical Chinese dance is contagious; the entire performance, mesmerizing.
“Fantastic!” says Joy Behar, from ABC’s “The View.” “If you ever get a chance to see it, you should.”
Photos: © 2011 Shen Yun Performing Arts