Fans of lavish stage productions won’t want to miss the upcoming Shen Yun performance Jan. 29-Feb. 3 at the Kennedy Center. The New York-based company showcases classical Chinese dance and music in performances around the world, and this year’s show features new ethnic dances and “never-before-seen mini-dramas.”
Here’s more from Shen Yun’s website:
Every year, Shen Yun unveils an entirely new lineup of dances, songs, and musical scores. At the core of Shen Yunâ€™s performances is classical Chinese dance with China’s numerous ethnic and folk dance styles rounding out the evening.
In a collection of short pieces, audiences travel from the Himalayas to tropical lake-filled regions; from the legends of the cultureâ€™s creation over 5,000 years ago through to the story of Falun Dafa in China today; from the highest heavens down to the dusty plateaus of the Middle Kingdom.
Tenors, sopranos and other award-winning vocalists perform piano-accompanied solos, along with a regular favoriteâ€”the stirring melodies of the two-stringed erhu, also known as the Chinese violin.
Shen Yunâ€™s one-of-a-kind orchestra, with its all-original compositions, blends East and West like no other. The distinctly Chinese sound of ancient instruments like the erhu and the pipa are bathed in a rich sea of Western strings, percussion, woodwinds, and brass. The resultâ€”two great classical music traditions producing one fresh, unexpected sound.
To purchase your tickets online, go to http://www.shenyunperformingarts.org/washington-dc.