PITTSBURGH—The mayor of Pittsburgh and the governor of Pennsylvania issued proclamations welcoming internationally renowned Shen Yun Performing Arts to the region.
“Pennsylvania has a rich and vibrant artistic community and I am confident that Shen Yun’s performances will serve as an inspiration to all those in attendance,” said Governor Tom Corbett in his proclamation.
New York-based Shen Yun traverses the globe with one mission—to revive the 5,000-year-old, divinely-inspired Chinese culture.
“Through the universal language of music and dance, Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and heroic modern-day epics,” states the company’s website. “Shen Yun presents themes of compassion and courage with stunning beauty and tremendous energy, leaving audiences uplifted and inspired.”
Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl also welcomed the company, saying in his proclamation that Shen Yun presents “a journey into the long-lost culture of China.”
“The legends and heritage of ancient China are depicted through the graceful movements of dancers floating across the stage in concert with the music, leaving the audience captivated by the backdrops of heavenly palaces and the dusty plateaus of the Middle Kingdom,” said Mayor Ravenstahl.
Shen Yun has three equally large companies, all composed of dancers and an orchestra. The other two companies are in Washington D.C., and Brisbane, Australia, respectively.
The core of a Shen Yun performance is classical Chinese dance, an art form that is one of the most comprehensive dance systems in the world as well as one of the hardest to master. The dancers are adorned with handmade costumes and are accompanied by a full orchestra that deftly melds classical Western and traditional Chinese instruments, such as the 4,000 year old erhu, or two-stringed Chinese violin.
Shen Yun is performing four times at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts. Opening night on February 1 was a great successes ending in a standing ovation.
Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company will perform in Pittsburg until Feb. 3. Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, tours the world on a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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