"It was an extraordinary experience…and of course it was exquisitely beautiful.”
Cate Blanchett, Academy Award-winning Actress
Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) November 20, 2012
Imagine being transported back through 5000 years of Chinese history. Journey through mystical realms of the fairy lands, the Tibetan snow mountains, the Mongolian vast plains, to the beautiful lakeside in South China. Sound like a dream? That’s exactly the unique experience Shen Yun Performing Arts will bring to the audience.
Shen Yun literally means "the beauty of divine beings dancing". Founded in New York in 2006, the nonprofit organization’s mission is to bring a long-lost culture back to life. With the globally understood voice of the arts and taking advantage of the artistic freedom in the United States, Shen Yun Performing Arts was born. Shen Yun performances bring alive this ancient treasure for the audience. The classical form of Chinese dance perfectly expresses the essence of the divine culture.
China was once known as the "Celestial Empire". To understand the journey through 5000 years of China's history first one has to understand its beginnings. Emperor Huangdi, also known as "The Yellow Emperor", is credited with establishing the deeply rooted foundation of ancient China. A way of life called "Tao," or "The Heavenly Way" which flowed through every aspect of life, venerating the divine and virtue in ancient China.
The concept of aligning oneself and life to higher principles has permeated China's culture for thousands of years; it has been expressed as the organizing principle in every aspect of life. From the arranging of furniture with Feng Shui, to governing people by Confucian ideals; from following Taoist and Buddhist meditation practices to creating music and art that revere the divine.
China was once known as "The Celestial Empire". Calligraphy, music, painting, and even the Chinese language are believed to have been passed down from the heavens.
Unfortunately, these traditions have almost been completely wiped out by the Communist Party's political campaigns. The Cultural Revolution of 60's and 70's was especially damaging. A trove of treasured artifacts, temples, and literature were destroyed in the name of the communist revolution. Many of China's most renowned operas, folk songs, and popular lore were altered for the sake of propaganda. Chinese culture has never fully recovered from this attempt to purge the beauty of its true heritage.
China's myths and legends are all based in the rich and beautiful “Heavenly Way". They recorded that the Middle Kingdom was continually guided by celestial beings. This provided China's people with a path of beauty, virtue and kindness to live by. Today this ancient tradition which has been all but completely demolished is being revived. Shen Yun Performing Arts is reviving "The Heavenly Way" for the world! Shen Yun's live orchestra flawlessly combines Western and Chinese instruments, all original music and backdrops which transport you to magical realms. Shen Yun presents the audience with an out-of-this-world experience!
Audiences experience the thrilling triumph of the Song Dynasty General You Fei, cheer on the Monkey King as he tricks a stubborn foe, and witness inspiring true story's of courage from today's China.
"It was an extraordinary experience," Academy Award winning actress Cate Blanchett told reporters after watching Shen Yun in Sydney, "the level of skill, but also the power of the archetypes and the narratives were startling. And of course it was exquisitely beautiful!"
"Behind (the performance) is the elevation of the human condition," Congressman Denis Kuninich reflected after seeing the show. "As we celebrate Shen Yun, let's remember the deeper message behind their presence, and applaud it and thank them!"
For an up-lifting experience and an inspiring taste of one of the world's most ancient and spectacular cultures there is no better option!
Shen Yun will be in Los Angeles, Orange County and Thousand Oaks from January 18 to 27, 2013. For more information, please visit: http://www.laspectacular.com/