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Shen Yun In The Spotlight 
The internationally celebrated presentation of Chinese culture makes its way to Chicagoland
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  IT has been described as the “indescribable,” but some observers have been able to come up with words that, people worldwide say, are befitting of the entertaining performance––“visually dazzling,” “astounding to watch,” “moving,” “powerful,” “uplifting” and “must-see.”
   All of these accolades are attached to the global phenomenon Shen Yun, the much talked-about stage production that highlights 5,000 years of Chinese civilization through classical Chinese dance, live music and mesmerizing digital backdrops. “You can expect an experience like no other,” according to producers of the show, “one that not only entertains, but also enriches and inspires.” Those in the Chicago area can view the superb spectacle at three venues––the Rosemont Theatre in Rosemont, March 21-25; the Paramount Theatre in Aurora, April 5-8; and at Chicago’s Harris Theater on April 12-15.
   Shen Yun, considered to be the world’s premier classical Chinese dance company, showcases a unique presentation that’s not likely to be seen anywhere else in the world––not even in China because it’s been documented that rulers in the communist regime have considered China’s remarkable spiritual and artistic heritage as a threat to its ideology. However, in 2006, a group of Chinese artists in New York City sought ways to not only preserve China’s cultural heritage but also implement ways to share it with the world. Shen Yun is that vehicle, which offers a distinct repertoire that has captured hearts worldwide.
   For some audience members, the music alone, performed by a special orchestra, is worth the price of admission. In a unique blend, the musicians successfully mix Western symphonic instruments with traditional Chinese instruments to create a memorable sound that touches the soul.
   Shen Yun is a one-of-a-kind performance that regularly leaves audiences begging for more. But as they say in the advertising promotions, “You have to see it with your own eyes.” And if you’ve seen it already, don’t hesitate to see it again, officials say, because the presentations change annually. “Every year,” producers say,” “we prepare a brand new program, with new stories, costumes, music and backdrops. That’s why we always invite our audience back for the next year’s performance. As our emcees put it, ‘Just because you’ve seen it once, doesn’t mean you’ve seen it all.’” 

––Walter Leavy
Shen Yun comes to the Chicago area with its dramatic presentation of pageantry and precision in a touching showcase of Chinese culture.
The Shen Yun production includes a colorful and breathtaking repertoire that's accompanied by music from a world-class orchestra. 
"The traditional Chinese culture [that] Shen Yun presents cannot be seen anywhere else in the world––not even in China."
                                                                           –– Shen Yun producers
Photographs courtesy of Shen Yun Performing Arts
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