|Date & Time||Event||Location|
May 10, 2015
|Shen Yun Performing Arts||Philadelphia, PA|
The Kimmel Center - Merriam Theater
Formerly known as Divine Performing Arts, Shen Yun Performing Arts shows weave music and dance together to recreate otherworldly realms, ancient legends, and modern-day epics. The performance troupe is centered in New York. Each show features classically-trained dancers, an orchestra blending and East and West music, as well as vivid backdrops and costumes.
Founded in 2006, Shen Yun — which means "the beauty of divine beings dancing" — is made up of three performing arts companies and three orchestras, totaling nearly 300 artists. The group tours the world and visits as many as 20 countries annually. From their official website, they write, "Completely independent of the Chinese regime, we enjoy the artistic freedom of New York to bring these ancient legends and virtues back to life."
This classical Chinese dance show brings Chinese culture to life. With strict training in physical expression and postures, as well as its own set of training methods, Classical Chinese dance involves leaping, flipping, spinning, and various aerial and tumbling techniques. Each dance, usually complete with ornate costumes and scenery, is accompanied by the Shen Yen Orchestra.
Using instruments like the erhu and the pipa alongside Western instruments like strings, percussion, woodwinds, and bass, the combination of East meets West creates a uniquely beautiful sound. A typical Shen Yun Performing Arts show is broken into small performance pieces, culminating in a breathtaking two-hour experience. Bilingual interpretors and emcees, as well as lyrical subtitles, make the program appropriate for anyone, including children. Celebrate this riveting culture with Shen Yun Performing Arts tickets.