Soprano Haolan Geng and Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra.

By Lucy Acebes | The BL

Ihave watched the Shen Yun Performing Arts performances in both Taiwan and America and often found audiences leaving the show in tears of joy, excitement, amazement, and thrill. Many shared in the interviews that their hearts were uplifted, their bodies refreshed and energized and their minds purified.

They are of various ages, professions, and classes and why do they all find that Shen Yun so resonating with them?

Nowadays, people’s materialistic needs have been increasingly fulfilled with the development of technologies and machinery. But when it comes to spirituality, their quality of life seemingly lags far behind. The chaos and complexities of life swamp them with stress and despair. While modern arts, generally, in the absence of conventional standards and profundity, no longer can serve as a treatment for the soul.

In this context, the appearance of Shen Yun resembles a stream of freshwater that washes away the burden of life and brings the audience back to the classic values that they are so nostalgic for.

So what made Shen Yun Performing Arts distinctive?

Milen Nachev conducts the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra.

Founded in 2006 in New York, USA, by a group of talented and passionate Chinese artists, Shen Yun set about reviving 5,000 years of China’s divine culture as its mission.

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

China was once known as “The Land of the Divine,” reflecting the belief that its glorious culture from above.

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, peoples’ view of art has been incredibly distorted.

Shen Yun seeks to reclaim the essence of humanity’s artistic achievement through the unique presentation of classical Chinese dance accompanied by a symphony orchestra and the pinnacle of opera.

In this sense, Shen Yun carries with it the universal essence of the arts.

Classical Chinese dance is at the center of any Shen Yun performance. It is said to be one of the most complex, expressive, and demanding art forms in the world. Shen Yun brings to the stage the dance form that was preserved through folk traditions, imperial court performances, and ancient theater.

With its distinct posture and technique, the movements are so expressive that it can depict characters and scenes from any time period, legend, and belief in a vivid way.

It is no wonder that the program can bring out the innermost feelings and touch the deepest corners of the soul of its attendee, as shared by Jeanne d’Hauteserre, a Paris-district mayor.

“I was there during the attack on the Champs-Elysées. [Shen Yun] makes me think that if everyone could adopt this philosophy of life, there would be fewer problems of living together and fewer problems when each one accepts the other with a certain tolerance,” Ms. d’Hauteserre said.

Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra features the perfect harmony of classical music from the East and West. The distinct sound of Chinese instruments is accentuated on the foundation of a Western orchestra. The perfect arrangement and blend of the beauty and spirit of Chinese music with the power of the Western orchestra have made Shen Yun music unique, bringing a new taste to audiences.

Moreover, in the selection process of musical instruments, the music director for Shen Yun symphony orchestra has taken into consideration all factors related to traditional Chinese culture, that is, the way that the five music notes, the five elements, and the five organs connect and influence each other.

The combination of traditional Chinese and Western instruments in the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra.

Curtain call by members of the Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra at the Hsinchu Performing Arts Center in Hsinchu, Taiwan, September 20, 2018.

Shen Yun makes a breakthrough in stage arrangement with the use of digital projection. The high tech backdrop animation matches seamlessly with the movements of the dancing artists.

It broadens the stage and opens up dimensionality, embarking the audience on the travel transcending time and space, unfolding before them sceneries of various lands and dynasties, be it a glorious heaven, the mountain covered with snow of Mongolia, or the magnificent court of an ancient kingdom.

The costumes of Shen Yun bring back the authentic styles of China ‘s different dynasties, regions, and ethnic groups. Their vibrant hues and exquisite detail add flavor into the dance pieces, leaving the audience with breathtaking feelings.

When working on the missions of reclaiming traditions, Shen Yun has succeeded in evoking goodness and positiveness in the heart of its audience.

Kimber Eastwood, film producer and makeup artist, and daughter of actor and filmmaker Clint Eastwood loved the spiritual aspects of Shen Yun.

“I don’t think there’s enough spirituality in the world with so much going on, so I think that it’s beautiful message [when] the Buddha comes down and got this incredibly gorgeous gold aura around him. It just brings you back to some spirituality, to what I think is lost and forgotten … these days,” Ms. Eastwood said. It just has such a beautiful message about how goodness, and love, and patience overcome evil and nastiness.”

The profound message that Shen Yun wishes to convey has spread to millions of its audiences during their annual world tours.

It also signifies that seeking goodness and benevolence has forever been the deepest yearning of humankind.

More on Shen Yun performing tour 2019

Every year, Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra starts its tour in September. Its performances in Taiwan have been given accolades by the artist community there.

Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra will deliver performance in New York City, Washington D.C, Chicago, and Boston from Oct 12 2019. For more information, please visit:

https://www.shenyunperformingarts.org/symphony#program-and-schedule

(Photos from Shen Yun, Epoch Times)