Shen Yun is a colorful celebration of China’s rich cultural heritageJean Kelley March 24, 2020 35 Comments
of ancient China. With a unique blend of classical dancers, beautiful costumes, and legends coming to life, Shen Yun is a theatrical performance that will take your breath away. [ Gong clangs ] [ Chinese music plays ] ♪ Hi, everyone. I’m excited to tell you about a new show coming to the Bay Area. I’m talking to Abe, who’s gonna tell us all about the Shen Yun experience. Tell us what it’s about, Abe.>>Well, Shen Yun is a show for everyone. And we’re excited to invite your audience to come and experience the show. And Shen Yun presents classical Chinese dance and music and was established in 2005 in New York by a group of elite Chinese artists. And Shen Yun presents classical Chinese dances, ethnic and folk dances, story-based dances, accompanied by an orchestra and solo performers. Shen Yun’s mission is to revive genuine traditional culture. And this year marks Shen Yun’s 13th year of traveling here to the Bay Area. We want to extend that invitation to your audience.>>Alright, tell us why folks here in the Bay Area would benefit from a show like this.>>Well, Shen Yun is a show that must be seen. Its entertainment and production values are at the top. And you can go online to see that many distinguished audience members have said that Shen Yun is the best. And so what you’d expect to see from a Shen Yun show is a journey through China’s history, where the audience can experience ancient legends and heroes come to life onstage. But what’s at the heart of all this is exquisite Chinese classical dance, that’s spellbinding to where you have the beautiful choreography, this amazing backdrop that interacts with the performance, an amazing orchestra, and this beautiful choreography. So it leaves one feeling inspired, uplifted. And it’s the best way to start the new year.>>Colorwise, I mean, is this just a show for the senses, would you say?>>Many people say that, that they find that they’re full of joy, they’re full of happiness. And some people have tears in their eyes, and some people leave feeling very uplifted and refreshed. And we feel like, in the holiday season, with the new year, that it’s really the best show.>>Do people actually have to know Chinese to appreciate this show?>>No, they don’t. There is a host emcee that guides the audience through each performance. If you enjoy exquisite costumes, beautiful music, amazing dance techniques, touching stories, and exciting legends, you’ll love Shen Yun.>>Okay, so, we know that Shen Yun is incredibly successful, cities across the country, all over the world, but it’s not something that’s seen back in China. Why is that?>>It’s true. We hope, one day, that Shen Yun can travel to China. And that’s the wish of people in Shen Yun and everyone. Back in 2005, a group of elite Chinese artists actually had to leave China, to actually be able to have the freedom to present this culture onstage. So it’s amazing what they’ve been able to do, and bring this culture back to life. It’s so beautiful, and there’s so much history there. And we’re really happy every year to be able to bring this and share this with the community here. And so we’re really happy to be here and bring Shen Yun back here, year after year, to share this beautiful culture. And that’s really at the heart of these dancers and Shen Yun, is to revive this lost culture and share it with the world. And so being here for the 13th year, even if someone in your audience has seen the show, every year Shen Yun puts together an all-new show with new choreography and new music. So we invite them to come back and see it. And for those of you who haven’t seen the show, you can’t miss it. It’s one of the best shows you’ll ever experience.>>And is this something all ages can experience and enjoy?>>Really, all ages. I’m approached by parents all the time that come up to me and say, you know, “I was so worried about my child seeing the show, but they didn’t say a word throughout the whole show.” And it’s really captivating, not only for children, for every age, if you’re someone who loves the arts or if you’re someone that doesn’t. The level of artistry and the beauty and the compassion that’s presented onstage is really unmatched.>>Alright, this is something that’s absolutely perfect for the holidays, wouldn’t you say?>>It’s an absolutely perfect holiday gift. Please go to shenyun.com and buy tickets today.>>Thank you for talking to us, Abe.>>Thank you.>>You can see the magic of Shen Yun in Berkeley, San Jose, and San Francisco. Visit shenyun.com for more information.