Each performance consists of about 20 pieces, quickly moving from one legend, region, or dynasty to the next. Themes range from the delicate elegance of Tang court ladies to the battlefield heroics of valiant generals, from the timeless philosophical works of Lao-Tzu to spectacular scenes of magical realms. Some pieces also touch upon the topic of today’s China, shedding light on the oppression many experience for their spiritual beliefs, such as Falun Dafa. These tales of courage are often what audience members find the most touching and uplifting.
The gong resounds, the curtain opens, and a heavenly scene is right before your eyes. Fairies emerge from a sea of billowing clouds. Mongolians ride on horseback across grasslands as vast as the sky. Classic stories of love and loss, of humor and heroic deeds, come to life. You will be amazed by how vibrant, exciting, and profound classical Chinese culture can be.
D.F. is the founder of Shen Yun. He has been its Artistic and Creative Director, costume designer, and director of classical Chinese dance since the company’s inception in 2006. He has also composed numerous outstanding orchestral and vocal pieces for Shen Yun’s all-original, annual productions. A master of the lost art of authentic bel canto technique, D.F. is Distinguished Professor of Music and Dance at Fei Tian College in New York.
Creative and Production Team
Composer: Jing Xian、Gao Yuan
Choreographer: Michelle Ren、Yungchia Chen
Soprano: Haolan Geng
Principal Dancer: Angelia Wang、Piotr Huang
Shen Yun Performing Arts
Shen Yun Performing Arts is the world's premier classical Chinese dance and music company, established in New York in 2006. It performs classical Chinese dance, ethnic and folk dance, and story-based dance, with orchestral accompaniment and solo performers. For 5,000 years, divine culture flourished in the land of China. Through breathtaking music and dance, Shen Yun is reviving this glorious culture. Shen Yun, or 神韻, can be translated as: “The beauty of divine beings dancing.”
Every year we now premiere a brand-new production and perform it in front of millions around the globe. Shen Yun is at the top theaters worldwide, from New York’s Lincoln Center and Washington’s Kennedy Center to Burgtheatre Vienna and Tokyo Opera City. We also have the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra that performs annually at Carnegie Hall and has its own tour, and we recently launched our new on-demand streaming platform, Shen Yun Zuo Pin, giving fans access to exclusive video content.
When audience members give their remarks leaving the performance, many find themselves searching for words to capture their experience. You can hear everything from an entire alphabet of superlatives to “it just defies description.” They say it's just something you have to see to believe.