"I like it very much."
"My kids have been taking Chinese, so we’ve been looking for Chinese language events for them to come see. They’ve been enjoying it very much."
"The performance is great. I’ve never seen traditional Chinese dance before, so this is all new to me ...I really like the [dance program] Han Dynasty Sleeves."
"The level of precision and expertise that goes into the work and the amount of practice and refinement in it is totally on another level from my own level of perfection."
"I think that the symphony accompanying the performance is lovely. It’s really nice to have a live orchestra in a performance. I’m enjoying that."
"I think the costuming is amazing. It's really, really excellent."
"Any time traditional art can address human rights issues, I think it’s important."
Shen Yun International 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.
Classical Chinese dance, passed down and enriched over thousands of years, has deep roots in the traditional Chinese culture and its ideas about beauty and grace. It is a comprehensive system that is nuanced and elegant, as well as physically demanding, incorporating dramatic flips and tumbling techniques that share a common ancestry with the martial arts.
A couple of Shen Yun’s dances tell stories based on the ongoing persecution of Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) in China today. When the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) realized that the number of people practicing Falun Gong—with its tenets of Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance—surpassed the Party’s membership, the CCP launched a campaign in 1999 to wipe out the practice by any means.