BALTIMORE, Md.—China was once known as the Divine Land, where life on earth bore a vibrant connection with the heavenly spheres. However, the ancient traditions and morality were all but destroyed and discarded by the current communist regime that came to power in China in the 1940s.
Shen Yun, a New York based performing arts company, is working to revive the original culture and spirit by means of music, classical Chinese dance, and storylines from China’s 5,000 year history, from ancient times all the way to the present.
Shen Yun literally means “the beauty of heavenly beings dancing.” Shen Yun brings the myths and legends of ancient China to life onstage, leaving audience members uplifted and inspired with its beauty and tremendous energy.
For three days and four performances at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, Shen Yun returns to Baltimore. The opening performance will be on Friday evening, Jan. 30, followed by two performances on Saturday afternoon and evening, Jan. 31; and a matinee on Sunday, Feb. 1.
Shen Yun’s 2015 world tour has had very favorable reviews where it has already appeared. On Saturday evening, Jan. 24, in California, Shen Yun performed to a sold-out audience at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre (formerly the Kodak Theatre).
The Baltimore show will appear with a live orchestra and new programming—new dances, original new music, new stories, and new costumes. The orchestra blends musical traditions from East and West—the Chinese melody interpreted and enhanced by a Western symphony orchestra.
In 2013, after viewing Shen Yun in Florence, Italy, Elena Biscoula, a baroque singer, said on NTD Television, “I noticed that the Chinese instruments dominated even though there was a classical orchestra. Chinese instruments gave something particular and a special character to the overall show.”
At the same performance in Florence, Anna Di Gennaro, a soprano herself, was moved by the singing. Referring to the singers, she said, “This voice is like a nightingale. They really have the voices that go to the sky.”
It was not only the singing that impressed the soprano. She observed something divine in it all.
“Everything was perfect. The music, the singing, the Chinese violin [erhu] player. Nothing is out of place. Everything was perfect, really, as a way of life humanity in today’s world should be,” Gennaro said.
For more information about the performances in Baltimore, refer to www.ShenYun.com/Baltimore
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform around the world. Shen Yun’s World Company will perform in the Greater Los Angeles Area through February 8. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.
The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reaction since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.