“[Shen Yun] keeps the old culture alive, and the traditions.”
“[It’s important] because with your culture you have religion, you have something to look forward to. You keep tradition alive, you keep family close-knit, you keep values together.”
“[It’s good to see] it's the Chinese [people] that are keeping this alive. They're taking their culture back.”
Shen Yun Touring Company
In 2006, Chinese artists who wanted to revive China’s authentic traditional culture and share it with the world established Shen Yun Performing Arts in New York. Shen Yun has since grown to five companies that tour the world, performing in over 150 theaters each year.
A Shen Yun performance opens with the creation legend of the Chinese civilization. It takes the audience through the customs, dress, and demeanor of ancient courts, including those of the Sui, Tang, and Qing dynasties, and on to contemporary stories of faith and courage emerging in China today.
Ancient Chinese culture was said to be divinely inspired. Its beliefs stemmed from the core value of harmony between heaven, earth, and humankind. Accordingly, the Chinese practiced self-cultivation and endeavored to live by principles such as justice, wisdom, propriety, and benevolence. Shen Yun reflects these ideas in its very name, which means the beauty of divine beings dancing.