Shen Yun production: 5,000 years of Chinese culture you can’t see in China

It’s no secret art is suppressed in many countries,including some in the West. Such is the case with a production scheduled forApril 24-25, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. ShenYun—“the beauty of divine beings dancing”—recaps 5,000 years of Chinese culture, presenting the narrative in song and dance. Although the production can’t be shown in China, it’s shown widely in the West.

Once the communist party dominated China, controlling speech, property, and thought, Shen Yun was banned. Communism is atheistic in principle, and the new powers didn’t take kindly to a history replete with tales of “divine beings.” [Story continues after image.]

Shen Yun production
Poster for Shen Yun production (website snip)

The Jacksonville show will be held at the Times-Union Center downtown. Other performances in Florida include but are not limited to cities like St. Petersburg, Lakeland, and West Palm Beach. The official website for Shen Yun describes the show:

“THROUGH THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE of music and dance, ShenYun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales, taking you on a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture. Its stunning beauty and tremendous energy leave audiences uplifted and inspired.

A Shen Yun performance features the world’s foremost classically trained dancers, a unique orchestra blending East and West, and dazzling animated backdrops—together creating one spectacular performance.”

It’s sad that China censors art and speech in a country with such a rich heritage, but in any country where allegiance is to party and a sense of country is dispelled, the only art permissible is art approved by government fiat.

Shen Yun looks like a beautiful production. I hope to go to one of the performances here.

(Kay B. Day/Dec. 10, 2018)

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