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Posted by Franz Huber on Dec 02, 2017
How can you compress 5000 years of culture into a 2 1/2 hour show? After all, the Chinese invented the compass, gunpowder, fireworks, the toothbrush, paper, tea...
 
Well, in 2006, the Shen Yun dance company was founded in New York, by practitioners of the Falun Gong spiritual discipline, with the aim to revive the essence of 5000 years of Chinese Culture, which it states "had been almost destroyed by the Communist Party Government".
 
It is based on three dynamics:  Form, Technique and Bearing.  Approximately 40 dancers of mostly Chinese ethnicity (there are one or two western dancers in Shen Yun) perform some 20 vignettes of classical Chinese dance - which has three basic components, form, technique and bearing - as well as ethnic and folk dances eg Tibetan and Mongolian ethnic dances. Shen Yun's overarching concept is Harmony: The accompanying Philharmonic Orchestra bridges the musical system of two cultures.  It includes several traditional Chinese instruments, such as the Pipa: four-stringed, it looks a bit like a mandolin (but that would be where the similarity ends...)
 
Shen Yun combines the traditional with modern technology: the background combines traditional landscape painting with digital animation. Add to that the dazzling display of some 400 costumes and hairpieces! No need to visualize: click here to watch a video.
 
Nina has offered a very special treat to members of our Rotary Club: for every two tickets purchased, you will also receive a free program book - she'll make arrangements with the Merchandise Desk at the Gold Coast Arts Centre - just send her an email with a copy of the tickets you purchased.  Psst: keep this under your hat!
 
OK, I admit to a fondness of oriental art, but regardless, I wouldn't miss that show for quids!  Ed.