This Sunday, Normal will come face-to-face with 5,000 years of Chinese culture via the world’s premiere Chinese performance company, Shen Yun.
The unique performance will feature Chinese song, dance, music and spectacular visuals, and will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday in Braden Auditorium.
The Shen Yun show will transport audience members thorough Chinese dynasties and regions, utilizing aerial masers of classical Chinese dance, a one-of-a-kind orchestra which blends the sounds of the East and the West, marvelous costumes and mesmerizing animated backgrounds, all to create a unique and profound experience for the audience.
But the story behind Shen Yun is just as fascinating as the unique performance itself.
According to Shen Yun’s website, “Over its past 60 years of rule, the communist regime has treated traditional Chinese values, centered on the idea of harmony between heaven and earth, as a threat to its existence, and in its systematic campaigns like the Cultural Revolution, it has uprooted traditional beliefs and destroyed ancient treasures, bringing traditional 5,000 years of civilization to the brink of extinction.”
In 2006, a group of leading Chinese artists came together in New York City in an attempt to revive the traditional culture and values that have been radically altered by the Communists and share its beauty with the world.
And thus Shen Yun was born.
Shen Yun performers do not just exhibit traditional Chinese values in their performances; they live them.
“In ancient China, artists valued integrity, meditation and a mindful lifestyle,” said the Shen Yun website. “Today, Shen Yun’s artists follow this noble tradition, incorporating study and meditation into their rigorous daily training.”
The result is a serene, physically impressive show.
Every tour, Shen Yun changes its show. This current tour is forming a vast collection of rave reviews.
Tickets are available through the Braden Box Office and start at $52 each.
For more information about the performance, visit www.shenyun.com.