Review: Shen Yun Performing Arts

Have you ever been on a journey to exquisite lands? How about seeing something that stirs you to the point you can’t take your eyes off. Shen Yun Performing Arts has mesmerized its audience since it was founded 13 years ago. This proves the company has stayed true to its meaning. 

As Shen Yun says so itself, the meaning of its name is “the beauty of divine beings dancing.” It can also be translated as “the rhythm of a divine spirit”. As ‘Shen’ is a term used for divine being and ‘Yun’ means rhythm. Simply put, Shen Yun is “God’s melody.”


There is something truly ‘Out of this world’ about Shen Yun. Slightly magical, which draws you to the point of no return. Many of the audience have been moved to tears due to this ethereal production. Excellence through and through without an ounce of error. Mysterious and exciting as something that has never been seen, never experienced.

What Is Shen Yun Performing Arts?

Shen Yun Performing Arts is a New York-based non-profit classical Chinese dance and music company. It was founded by top Chinese artists in the year 2006. Since then, the company has been touring around the world spreading the message it was meant to. 

The Chinese artists that came together to put this splendid production together are on a mission. A mission to revive and share the lost Chinese tradition and culture. The spirit and boldness with which these artists perform keep the tradition alive. 

2 C’s That Sum up Shin Yun: Conventional & Contemporary 

The true beauty of Shen Yun Performing Arts is in its blend of historic classical dance and modern Chinese culture. The production stands apart with its beautiful dance, original laugh-out-loud moments and even some political reference on contemporary China.

The story is a series of historic, pre-historic and modern tales of Chinese History. Including ‘The Marvelous Monkey Battles Warlock’, with the riches of artistic visuals and the heartbreaking, ‘Devotion’ the tale of love and commitment. 


Superb Techniques & High Tech Staging 

Ken-Chieh Hsu and his team have done a job-well-done on high tech AV and CGI for the production. Making it stand equal to the most expensive of movies with big screens. The performances and talent deliver pure discipline and precision. Every move, every turn is exquisite. 

The brilliance with which everything is carried out takes your breath away. In fact, I think other ballet companies should learn from the self-control of Shen Yun’s dancers. And when they do that, remember to study their superb technique as well. 

Other than the brilliance and gracefulness there is a sense of sophistication, purity and reverence for the culture in its dancers. Which can be considered far better than the glitz and glamour of most modern-day theatre shows.

It is this fuse of innocent Chinese dance with high tech present that makes Shen Yun Performing Arts very special. 

Terrific Impact: Enthralling Visuals and Dazzling Colors 

Apart from the fantastic team of dancers who seem to be flying on the stage, the production features some really delightful medley of colors and fabrics. Color combinations as unimaginable as pistachio and pale lavender, hot orange and deep mint are a wonderful treat for eyes. 

Especially the ‘Han Dynasty Sleeves’, attaching these sleeves to their costumes 24 female artists dance to Michelle Ren’s choreography. These incredible sleeves work just as ribbons in gymnastic, fluttering and waving across the stage. The beauty is so enthralling that you nearly forget to breathe. 

A similar portion is where dancers use cloth pieces to perform tricks. A Choreography of Ren and Yungchia Chen presents us with the exquisite ‘Soaring Handkerchiefs’.