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The Continuing Magic Of Shen Yun
As a global phenomenon, the artistic brilliance of the show is eliciting emotional responses from audiences 
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"Shen Yun is an experience of a lifetime––an experience that every person should behold. It's breathtakingly beautiful and mesmerizing."
  THE spectacular 2020 U.S. tour of Shen Yun continues to be the object of glowing reviews as it makes its way to the Auditorium Theatre on April 2-5 while showcasing a production of vibrant color, enchanting dance and "the rebirth of 5,000 years of Chinese civilization."
   Shen Yun, considered to be the world's premier classical Chinese dance company, is a global phenomenon that not only entertains, but also enriches, enlightens and inspires while telling a compelling story through dance, orchestral music and breathtaking digital backdrops. Such a unique show is not likely to be seen anywhere else in the world––not even in China because it is widely agreed that leaders in the Communist regime have considered China's amazing spiritual and artistic heritage as contrary to its ideology. 
   Despite the government's view, in 2006, a group of gifted Chinese artists in New York devoted themselves to finding a way to not only preserve China's rich cultural heritage but also to find an effective measure to share the magnificence with the world. It's Shen Yun.
   So what is the meaning of the term Shen Yun? The group's organizers say Shen means divine. Yun is inner charm, and together the name Shen Yun means the beauty of divine beings dancing. 
   Spectators from Sydney to New York, Tokyo to Paris, Vancouver to Berlin and other points around the globe agree wholeheartedly with that characterization of the brilliance showcased on stage. Recently, though, the group has been victimized by misinformation and unfounded rumors that have swirled around the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus, which began in Wuhan, China, and has killed more than 3,000 people worldwide.
   While the show is based on the revival of China's ancient history, Shen Yun, the  production itself, has nothing to do with a physical connection with China. To ease the fears of potential show attendees, the company's website includes a press release assuring would-be audience members that the participants have not been affected by the coronavirus. The dancers, musicians and technical crew all live and train in New York. Further, as individuals, they are banned from traveling to China. "Performers have not been to China in years, have not had recent direct contact with people from China, and in fact Shen Yun is not even allowed to perform in China," the press release says. "Audience members can enjoy Shen Yun performances, resting assured that Shen Yun and its performers have been isolated from today's China."
   So the one-of-a-kind show will go on and on around the globe, basking in the elegance and magnificence of five thousand years of ancient civilization that's reborn on stage. 
––Walter Leavy
For more information and tickets, go to www.auditoriumtheatre.org.
Photographs courtesy of Shen Yun.