I’m excited to learn that dance spectacular Shen Yun will return to Seattle this April with a bold, high-energy new production. This colorful event would make a great gift for the dance, performance, and music lovers in your life. This production is also family-friendly. I’m a huge fan of making experiences a gift, rather than filling our lives with more “stuff.”
Each year, Shen Yun creates a new production to travel with around the world. If you’ve seen a Shen Yun show, I’d love to hear your review in the comments below! The interaction with the video background really appeals to me. Shen Yun plays McCaw Hall in Seattle Center April 8 – 10, 2016. Tickets here.
About the show:
The gong strikes and a journey across five millennia begins. From the mist, 60 dancers clad in traditional costumes emerge in front of a 30-foot tall video backdrop that morphs from the mountains of Tibet to the sprawling plains of Mongolia and points in between. A 40-piece orchestra rises with the sounds of western and ancient eastern instruments. The all-new spectacular Shen Yun 2016 tells the banned in Communist China stories of when heroes split mountains and swam with dragons, when divine beings walked the earth and when dynasties ruled supreme.
The vibrant video backdrop transports audiences through time to ancient dynasties such as the Tang and the Qin, to the mountains of Tibet, the shores of a Dai village and the sprawling plains of Mongolia. The interactive video allows dancers to jump in and out of the screen delighting the audience.
The Shen Yun Orchestra combines the spirit, beauty and distinctiveness of Chinese music with the precision, power and grandeur of the Western symphony orchestra. Traditional instruments are combined with the 5,000 year old pipa and erhu resulting in two glorious traditions melding into one refreshing sound. Top composers from around the world create original music for each production. Bel canto soloists perform impassioned songs throughout the show.
Over 5,000 years the traditions of martial arts, Chinese opera, folk dancing and acrobatics have linked to form traditional Chinese dance. Known for its incredible flips and spins, and its gentle elegance, classical Chinese dance is one of the most rigorous and expressive art forms in the world.