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From the versatile dances to the colorful scenery, Shen Yun is a unique traveling show that presents its audience with an understanding and a visual of the traditional Chinese culture.
Shen Yun will be coming to Sacramento on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Both showings will begin at 8 p.m. at Sacramento’s Community Center Theater at 1301 L St. across from Capitol Park.
“Every year, Shen Yun has brand-new performances,” said Sherry Zhang, who works for the Asian Arts Foundation as a local presenter for Shen Yun.
“The 5,000 years of Chinese history and culture have so many stories and legends. Dancers in Shen Yun bring to life many of these legends and stories,” Zhang said.
Every year, Shen Yun travels around the world with a variety of new pieces, songs and dances representing the true culture of China.
“There are several dynasties that the dancers portray on stage, like the Middle Kingdom, Han Dynasty and Chin Dynasty,” Zhang said.
Shen Yun came together in 2006 when a group of artists decided they wanted to revive the traditional Chinese culture and bring back the era in which China was known for being “The Land of the Divine.”
The show launched in January 2007 and has been traveling for the past four years.
Shen Yun has traveled around the world. The tour begins in December and ends in June.
“In the past, the show has traveled to over 100 states and several continents like Asia and Europe,” Zhang said.
“When I was on stage, I felt very purified, when you’re performing, you think about how you can present the sacred message to the audience,” said Cecilia Xiong, who is currently a performer and dance teacher for Shen Yun.
Xiong is originally from China but lived in Canada before she started dancing in the show.
“I was 25 years old when I first started dancing with Shen Yun, and it was the most amazing experience of my life,” Xiong said.
Xiong last performed in 2010 and reminisced on the opening of that year.
“I really liked the opening dance. We told an Asian story about a king of all the gods who would send his gods to earth so they could reign over human civilization,” Xiong said.
Xiong is currently teaching at the Fei Tian Academy of Arts California in San Fransisco helping to train young dancers who hope to be future performers for Shen Yun Performing Arts.
“The dancers create a very powerful performance, but the Shen Yun orchestra creates the unique songs,” Zhang said.
The orchestra combines both western and Chinese influence and all the songs are original compositions from Shen Yun.
Creativity is also displayed through the radiant and extravagant costumes that make the performers’ storytelling very colorful.
“Shen Yun has a costume team that works very hard to create so many different handmade costumes,” Xiong said. “The design ideas come from the choreographers and directors of the show.”
“Cloud and flower patterns are used to create a very classical and traditional costume,” Xiong said, adding that the digital backdrops are essential to the shows’ success.
“The backdrops are animated and are designed to create a lifelike picture for the audience,” Xiong said.
“The 5,000 years of Chinese history and culture is a treasure for all people. Shen Yun not only showcases the most authentic Chinese culture, but also the beauty and virtues Shen Yun presents will touch everyone's heart,” Zhang said.
Ticket prices can vary from $60-$100 depending on seating arrangements and may be purchased by phone at (800) 363-8212 or online at www.SFshow.net