Another World

Shen Yun brings 5,000 years of Chinese music and dance to American Bank Center Selena Auditorium.

By: Kristen Bily

The phrase, “Shen Yun,” means “The beauty of heavenly beings dancing.” What an extraordinary thought to see heavenly beings live onstage. The meaning behind the phrase, “Shen Yun,” encompasses that very expression, and Shen Yun will be performing live on the stage of the American Bank Center Selena Auditorium on March 21 and 22, 2015.

Before the dawn of Western civilization, a divinely inspired culture was blossoming in the East. Believed to be bestowed from the heavens, it valued virtue and enlightenment. Take an extraordinary journey across 5,000 years of glorious Chinese heritage, where legends will come to life right before your eyes. With classical Chinese dance, live orchestra, dazzling costumes and bright backdrops, Shen Yun will take you right to another world. Millions have seen Shen Yun with standing ovations at sold-out theaters around the world, making it a global sensation. The experience of this performance is something that will touch your soul.

Shen Yun first came to life in 2006 as a dance company that included 30 dancers, an orchestra, soloists, artistic directors and production. Starting from the mission to capture the spirit of traditional Chinese culture, Shen Yun quickly became a theatrical hit and an international phenomenon. Shen Yun has now grown to having four dance companies, a full orchestra, a dance troupe and soloists who travel to more than 100 cities around the world. These companies tour the world simultaneously for five months per year, performing in more than 130 cities worldwide.

Productions have spanned from North America to Europe, Asia, Australia and Latin America. Shen Yun’s shows have been staged in many leading theaters, including New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, London’s Royal Festival Hall, Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center and Paris’ Le Palais de Congrès. In a show that features some 20 beautiful dances and songs, the show moves from one story to another, passing through regions and dynasties. Patrons will witness dancers fly across the stage in an array of flips, spins and jumps, leaving on lookers in awe.

Sharing 5,000 years of rich Chinese history, one may wonder how the Eastern world meets the Western world. The truth is that Shen Yun tells a story that translates in any language and culture. For example, Shen Yun dances are accompanied by a Western philharmonic orchestra that incorporates several traditional Chinese instruments, including the pipa, the suona, the gong and a variety of others. There are also solo performances featuring Chinese instruments such as the erhu.

Blending beautifully between dance sequences are operatic singers performing moving songs that inspire hope in audiences’ hearts. From the choreography and the powerful music to the gorgeous costumes and the animated backdrops, Shen Yun takes the audience on a journey through time to ancient lands, mountain peaks and heavenly paradises. It is a glimpse into a long-lost world that is understood by all, gracing the stage with its dazzling spectacle of color, movement and grace.

Tickets are now on sale for Shen Yun, and they can be purchased at the American Bank Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets and select Walmart and H-E-B locations, as well as online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

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