Started in 2006 in New York City by a group of classically trained Chinese artists, Shen Yun Performing Arts is a non-profit organization that has one wish: to revive the true, divinely inspired culture of China and share it with the world.
The culture that they wish to revive is one of color, coexistence and respect and reverence for the arts. They wish to revive Shen Zhou, The Divine Land, the name that China was once dubbed. For 5,000 years this divine culture thrived in China and, although this tradition was nearly lost, Shen Yun is here to share it with the world. An explosion of color, energy and history, Shen Yun, meaning “the beauty of divine beings dancing,” seeks to share this glorious, artistic culture with millions across the globe.
As performers, wearing stunning costumes full of color and mystery, dance to a truly unique and thrilling blend of Eastern and Western music, they are able to tell a story, preserve the art of Chinese dance and explore the diversity of the ethnic groups contained within the border of China.
Recognized for its distinctive elegance, Chinese dance is well known as being one of the most rigorous arts to learn. Once passed down among the people in imperial courts and ancient plays, the tradition of the classical Chinese dance was built on traditional aesthetics. As the dancers spin, flip and seemingly glide across the stage, the audience begins to question what is really possible.
Performing at the Mesa Arts Center on February 11 and 12 and the Orpheum Theater on February 14 and 15, the dance troupe and symphony orchestra share their culture and message with the Valley.