9 Characteristics

That Make Shen Yun Unique


Shen Yun is a performing arts company with an ambitious mission—to revive traditional Chinese culture. Why does this culture need to be revived?

There was a time when China was known as “The Land of the Divine.” People lived in harmony with the universe and saw a connection among all things. But in 1949, when the Chinese Communist Party came to power, it set out to destroy this heritage of five thousand years. It nearly succeeded.

Today, Shen Yun rises to the challenge and is bringing authentic Chinese culture back to the world stage.


At the heart of every Shen Yun performance is an incredible art form known as classical Chinese dance. This dance system dates back millennia and, dynasty after dynasty, was continually enriched. It combines explosive athleticism with flowing elegance, and is one of the most expressive art forms in the world.

Shen Yun is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance company. In China, this art form is regularly mixed with military or modern dance styles to the point that people don’t know what exactly they’re watching. Only Shen Yun performs classical Chinese dance in its purest form, preserving its traditional aesthetic the way it was originally passed down.


Every performance is accompanied by our own unique orchestra. This orchestra is the first in the world to permanently combine classical Western and Chinese instruments. The music’s blend of traditional Eastern melodies with Western orchestration is pioneering, and has won the praise of award-winning musicians and critics alike. All pieces performed are Shen Yun original compositions.

Photo: The grandeur of the classic orchestra—with strings, woodwinds, and brass—alongside the delicate beauty of the ancient erhu and pipa.

Ancient Chinese theater and early European opera shared the same singing technique, believed to produce the most beautiful and pure tone of voice. The true technique for singing in the upper register has since been lost in both the East and West. But today, Shen Yun’s singers are again using this technique on the modern stage.


Shen Yun’s dance costumes and colors are true to traditional aesthetics and styles. Their vibrant hues and exquisite detail breathe fresh life into every dance piece and story, painting the present with the splendor of the past.

Legend has it that ancient Chinese clothing was inspired by the attire worn in the heavens. Shen Yun’s costumes bring back the styles of China’s different dynasties, regions, and ethnic groups.


At a Shen Yun performance you’ll see artists, quite literally, in a whole new light. Be it lighting, sound, or stage design, Shen Yun uses traditional artistic techniques. Every part of the production exists to support and direct attention to the remarkable performers. You will hear the orchestra’s most natural sound, and see the dancers light up the stage. The result is a performance in perfect synch.


Shen Yun’s digital projection instantly puts you on the scene. By extending the stage to infinite realms, the projection allows storytelling without limits. It also has a few surprises. A Shen Yun innovation creates seamless interaction between projection and performers on stage—an invention so original it has its own patent.


There’s something that unites Shen Yun artists beyond performing arts. These artists are also spiritual seekers on a shared journey. They meditate together, study teachings together, and strive to live by the principles of truth, compassion, and tolerance. Their self-discipline is remarkable, and they believe that cultivating the heart is the way to create art that is beautifully sublime.


Every year Shen Yun premieres a brand-new performance, complete with new works of choreography and orchestral music, as well as new costumes, digital backdrops, and storylines. It’s an enormous artistic undertaking—in 12 years, Shen Yun has produced 12 different performances, and toured with each around the world. It’s a phenomenon you won’t want to miss!

the Power of Shen Yun

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