By Louise Bevan | The BL

Shen Yun Performing Arts has become a sensation in the arts world and continues to amaze spectators from around the globe. Headquartered in New York, Shen Yun has shared its special magic with spectators across four continents. With the continued mission of revitalizing 5,000 years of Chinese culture that is endangered today, Shen Yun not only revives a lost treasure but also shows the true value of artistic achievement.

In recent years, Shen Yun has become a global phenomenon, a multimedia performance that attracts not only celebrities but also profoundly affects the hearts and minds of spectators who have the chance to see it.

Why has Shen Yun been called a program that exemplifies the true beauty of art?

Shen Yun – The pinnacle of artistic achievement. (Photo: Shen Yun Performing Arts)

In ancient Chinese culture, it was important for art to be authentic, pure, and beautiful. In today’s world, dominated by money and the breakdown of traditional social values, people’s view of art has been incredibly distorted.

During a Shen Yun performance, beauty is manifested through the subtle details that make up the images on stage, in the harmony of the colors of the costumes and stage design, and special effects that create a once-in-a-lifetime experience for audiences.

The beauty of Shen Yun’s stagecraft. (Photo: Shen Yun Performing Arts)

The incredible beauty of Shen Yun’s productions has been appreciated by amateurs and professionals, far and wide. After seeing a performance, Irene Widdup, an experienced Canadian dancer, choreographer, and president of Alberta Dance Education Association, said: “As a dancer and an artist, I highly appreciate the art, color, and choreography as well as all the dancing of Shen Yun.”

When is art really moral?

Art is moral when the artist performs it with a pure soul. Some artists today seem not to care about purity, in favor of personal acclaim and material gain, but Shen Yun is different.

The purity of Shen Yun’s performance. (Photo: Shen Yun Performing Arts)

Shen Yun’s artists demand admiration and respect with their inspiring performances, graceful moves, and incredible skills. The amazing coordination of the artists gives spectators a complete picture of Chinese culture and a very important message as well.

How have they been able to achieve that?

From ancient times and into the present day, true Chinese culture has always focused on gaining peace of mind and deeper wisdom through silence and meditation.

In order to give viewers a sense of true artistic value, Chinese artists must embody beauty and purity from within. Because of this, Shen Yun ’s dancers always attach great importance to these values and have been very successful in transmitting profound insights through their performances.

Not just beautiful, but also profound. (Photo: Shen Yun Performing Arts)

The artists’ dedication is present in every detail, which is the essence of this
world-class performance

From graphic designers to costume designers to musicians, everyone in the company commits themselves fully to the performance. As such, each little detail in the stage setting, such as an embroidered handkerchief or a small key, is a testament to their dedication. Spectators in turn are able to see this dedication in every second of the show.

Many people are incredibly moved while hearing Shen Yun’s artists singing stirring songs with lyrics that are both poignant and profound. Many spectators feel as if they are waking up from a dream, and some even have tears in their eyes. Those are emotions that you will encounter in every one of Shen Yun’s performances. You will feel that every song is sung from the bottom of the artists’ hearts.

Like waking up from a dream. (Photo: Shen Yun Performing Arts)

Art is not just a vehicle for beauty, but exemplifies universal moral values

Many of the audiences are deeply moved by stories of motherhood, filial piety, doomed romance, or the integrity of a king and his court. All stories help revive a heroic past where moral and humanistic values were highly regarded, touching viewers’ hearts.

Irene Widdup, President of the Alberta Education Association. (Photo: Shen Yun Performing Arts)

The scene that has touched viewers the most is the tragic separation of a happy family just because of their faith. The show seeks to revive thousand-year-old moral values that have almost been lost, and are now fostered and nurtured again in the viewers themselves.

As Irene Widdup commented: ”The cultural values ​​shown here are very important. They express goodness, honesty and patience. These are values ​​that we don’t often encounter in today’s society. I think parents really have a hard time raising children in modern society,” she continued, “and programs like these show that these values ​​are worth following and need to be preserved, so that we can raise our children to be good, educated citizens.”

The drama of Shen Yun mixes smiles and laughter with tears

The admiring words or loud applause of the audience for spectacular performances of martial arts, for the ancient heroes of the past in legendary stories, such as the “Romance of the Three Kingdoms” and “Journey to the West”, help to create a magical atmosphere.

Thousands of years of history come to life. (Photo: Shen Yun Performing Arts)

The celestial beauty of Chinese civilization, which dates back 5,000 years, has been vividly restored through an intricate performance that has consistently been described as the pinnacle of performance art.

Understanding the depth of traditional cultural values

Irent Widdup also believes that enjoying a high-quality art program helps her, as well as many other people, understand the depth of traditional culture. ”I think this is very important,” she said, “because people should learn about the traditions and cultures of others, and this is an incredible culture.”

“We all need to share and learn from each other to understand the importance of stories and legends that have been passed down,” Widdup continued. “I believe these stories really belong to all of us.”

Retelling the Stories of the Past. (Photo: Shen Yun Performing Arts)

Shen Yun’s dances are mesmerizing and they also include stories exemplifying the artistic prowess of an ancient culture, re-enacted right before viewers’ eyes. The shows always promise to inspire unexpected emotions and authentic insights, both old and new.

Enjoy the following video as an example of the beauty and extraordinary moral value of Shen Yun: