Minneapolis-When Shen Yun Performing Arts graces the Ordway next month in March during it’s 2011 world tour, it will have already performed at several of the world’s finest theaters. Among them are New York’s Lincoln Center, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Palais des Congres in Paris.
Yet, the dance company will not be performing in China. Shen Yun Performing Arts is distinguished by its conscious effort to present Chinese culture free from the influence of China’s communist regime, which has abused and impoverished the arts for decades.
According to their website, “Over the past 60-plus years under Chinese Communist Party rule—and especially during campaigns such as the Cultural Revolution – much of China’s traditional culture has been destroyed. But China has a 5,000-year history steeped in rich values and the idea that humanity and the divine are intertwined.”
Since the company was established in 2006, the Chinese regime has been interfering with the show. The most common form of interference involves letters and phone calls from Chinese consular officials requesting local government officials not to support or see the show and asking theaters not to host the show.
In January of this year, Auckland City Council members in New Zealand received a letter from the Chinese Consular General in Auckland informing them to “stay away from the event.” One council member was so outraged by the letter that she has filed a complaint with the head of the consular corps in Auckland.
Based in New York, Shen Yun Performing Arts, is a unique group of leading artists who share in a vision of reviving the best of traditional Chinese performing arts. The group aspires to create original performances that not only entertain, but more deeply educate, enrich, and inspire.
The company is a triumph of collaboration, bringing together over a hundred of the world’s foremost classically trained Chinese dancers, choreographers, musicians, and vocalists. It also boasts the world’s only full orchestra that embraces both Western and Chinese instruments as its permanent members.
The company’s rich repertory is drawn from the pages of history, universal themes, and the world around us. A program of nearly 20 masterful dances and songs brings Asia’s celebrated history to life on stage. The vigorous drums of the Tang dynasty court will quicken your pulse while the charm of ethnic folk dances will delight your soul.
Complementing the performers are state-of-the-art digital backdrops and gorgeous authentically-designed costumes. All the choreography and music are original.
Shen Yun, March 16, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102. Ticket prices range from $60 to $180; ages 3 and under not admitted. For more information: shenyunperformingarts.org. For tickets: ordway.org or 651-224-4222.
Article courtesy of New Culture Center in the Midwest