Shen Yun is based in New York where its artistic
creators are able to freely express themselves and revive their ancient Chinese
culture. Such artistic freedom is unfortunately not present in China under the communist
regime, which has co-opted and destroyed
traditional arts. The courage and outspokenness of our artists is one of
the reasons why Shen Yun is so well-loved.
Can I buy DVDs of your
of our performances are not available for purchase, because we believe that the
full impact of our show can only be felt by being there at the theater,
experiencing live the fusion of the dance, costumes, and live orchestra. It’s
truly an unforgettable experience.
Do you have a
newsletter or mailing list I can subscribe to?
Sure do. You can receive a monthly e-newsletter by joining Friends of Shen Yun,
which is free. With Friends, you can also download wallpapers, play original
games, and get a discount at our shop.
How can I find out when
next year's performance will be in my city?
easy. First, all performance dates, times, prices, and theater information are
posted on our website as soon as the information is available. Soon, you will
also be able to use our “Notify Me” tool to receive an automatic notification
before we next come to your city.
In general, applauding at the end of each piece and
after the emcees finish introducing each piece is customary at Shen Yun
performances. Of course, if there is a particular aspect of a dance piece that
moves or delights you, feel free to applaud mid-piece.
What should I wear?
Formal, semi formal, or business attire is
recommended. What is customary in different theaters and local cultures can
vary, though. We encourage you to come looking your best; it makes your
experience that much more special.
How early should I arrive?
Most theaters encourage audience members to arrive 30
minutes prior to curtain. Latecomers will only be seated during pauses in the
program. But you don't want to miss the opening piece!
I am not Chinese—will I understand the
Definitely. Each Shen Yun performance is hosted by
bilingual emcees who will guide you through the show and provide all the background
needed for you to enjoy it; songs’ texts are translated and appear on a screen;
and programs, always available in two or more languages, provide a simple
introduction to each piece.
Why would I enjoy a Chinese show?
Do you enjoy beautiful costumes, exciting music,
high-flying dance techniques, stories, and legends? Then you will definitely
enjoy Shen Yun! Not only that, but the universal themes of compassion, courage,
and hope are Shen Yun hallmarks. See what non-Chinese from around the world
have to say in their
How long is the show?
It’s about two hours including intermission.
May I use a camera or recording device?
No. Photography or recording of any kind at Shen Yun
performances is strictly prohibited. Even without a flash, photography and
recording disrupts our performers—the dancers can see it! It further interferes
with other audience members trying to enjoy the performance. It is also a
violation of copyright laws. Theater staff and security personnel are
instructed to intercept anyone taking photos or recording.
What does Shen Yun mean?
Shen Yun literally translates as: The beauty of
heavenly beings dancing. More here.
What’s the performance like?
A Shen Yun performance consists of roughly fifteen
brief dance pieces interspersed with three to four solo vocal or instrumental music pieces.
Each dance number has its own theme, story, and ethnic, regional, or dynastic
Chinese dance is at the heart of the performance, along with brilliant costumes,
and an orchestra
that combines both classical Western and Chinese
Will children enjoy Shen Yun?
Shen Yun is very much suitable for all ages. Families are
a big part of our audience and each year children have their favorite pieces,
such as the Monkey King. We ask that you only bring children who are able to
sit through the entire performance without disturbing others. Children under
four cannot be admitted. Some theaters and local presenters require that a child
must be at least five or six years old to attend. You can find this information
by selecting your
city, and then choosing “Info” followed by “Show Info.”