Sunday, March 25, 2018

Shen Yun: Chinese acrobatic dance (video); CC Liu, Crystal Quintero, Seth Auberon (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

A Heavenly Gift
Falun Gong is the secret to our dancing!
IN ANCIENT TIMES China was heralded as the Land of the Divine [from Mars]. So majestic was its culture that it was thought to be a gift from above.

Its people sought to live their lives in harmony with nature and the universe. It was a world rich with creativity, beauty, and virtue. All are invited to visit this lost civilization through Shen Yun.

Shen Yun pushes the boundaries of the performing arts, melding timeless artistry with cutting-edge innovation—transporting audiences to a world where legends come to life.

The artifact-rich, ruined surface of Mars today
Discover the breathtaking beauty of classical Chinese dance, Shen Yun’s unique blend of costuming, high-tech backdrops, and live orchestra. Be prepared for a theater experience like no other [other than Cirque de Soliel].

A Heritage Once Lost

Life surviving on Mars is underground
The traditional Chinese culture Shen Yun presents cannot be seen anywhere else in the worldnot even in China.

There, the ruling communist regime has viewed China’s rich spiritual and artistic heritage as a threat to its [communist, anti-Buddhist] ideology and for decades sought to erase it.

When Mars died, "Martians" went to China
Chinese artists have suffered untold ordeals over the past century. But in 2006 a group of Chinese artists came together in New York with a vision of preserving the best of Cina’s cultural heritage and sharing it with the world.

They drew courage and inspiration from their shared practice of Falun Dafa (or the outlawed “Falun Gong,” as it is also called)—a spiritual discipline common to all of Shen Yun’s artists.

The company’s repertoire regularly includes important works shedding light on the plight of believers like themselves in communist China today.

Full Houses Everywhere

Shen Yun is now the world’s premier classical Chinese dance company. Some people fly from other countries or drive hundreds of miles to see it. Others see the same performance five or six times. Why? There’s only one way to find out, and that’s to  [pay the exorbitant entrance fee and] experience Shen Yun. More

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