Shen Yun 2013 Comes To The King Center, 5/2
Every legend has its history. Every story has its truths. And the best are rarely forgotten.
For the past 5,000 years, China amassed a diverse legacy of heroes, myths, and values that still resonate in the present. Today, Shen Yun Performing Arts is reviving the essence of traditional Chinese culture in full color on stages around the world. In January, the company will be back at Lincoln Center for the third time in a year.
"It was an extraordinary experience," said Academy Award-winning actress Cate Blanchett after watching Shen Yun, "the level of skill, but also the power
of the archetypes and the narratives were startling. And of course it was exquisitely beautiful."
Gorgeous backdrops extend the stage, transporting the audience to distant lands and eras. An orchestra that combines Western and Chinese instruments like
no other accompanies the dancers with stirring scores.
Ride with Mongolians across endless steppes. Recall the grandeur of an ancient Tang Dynasty palace. Down in the valley, ladies of the Yi ethnic group dance
in rainbow skirts by the river. High up in the heavens, celestial fairies trail silken sleeves through the clouds. Resounding drums awaken the dusty plateaus of
the Middle Kingdom.
Shen Yun strives to capture the spirit of traditional Chinese culture and its beliefs. Ancient literary classics extol the compassionate, courageous, and loyal, values
embodied by the most memorable characters. Thrill in the triumph of the great General Yue Fei; cheer on the Monkey King as he tricks a stubborn foe; and
witness how these values still endure in contemporary China.