You will be taken on a journey to magnificent eras in Chinese history, as well as to periods from China’s recent past. Ancient stories and legends, ethnic and folk traditions, villains and heroes will come to life on stage through classical Chinese dance, live music, and stunning digital backdrops. You can expect an experience like no other, one that not only entertains, but also enriches and inspires.
A Shen Yun performance is roughly two hours, plus intermission. There are about 15 short dance pieces in each performance, which offer variety in terms of both pacing and style. Some pieces feature stories from ancient Chinese history or mythology, others from contemporary Chinese history, while still others are meant to merely feature the dance form in the setting of different dynasties.
A live orchestra plays original music to accompany each of the dance pieces. Bilingual emcee hosts briefly introduce each piece, to provide you with helpful background so that you can appreciate the experience more fully. Interspersed between the dances are a total of 2-3 classical vocal and sometimes instrumental solos.
Shen Yun productions are unforgettable for their combination of music, dance, brilliant costumes, and animated backdrops—which contain a few surprises!
Patrons should wear evening or business attire to the event. It can be a tuxedo or evening gown, or a suit or jacket and tie. We recommend wearing something that allows you to look and feel your best. You are in for a special treat, so why not dress for the occasion? Who knows, you might even decide to snap a photo in front of the Shen Yun step-and-repeat wall in the theater lobby and post it on Facebook or Instagram, so you’ll want to make sure it’s a good one.
After you’ve successfully purchased your tickets, of course! As for during the performance, applauding at the end of each piece and after the emcees finish their introductions is customary. Of course, if there’s a certain aspect of the performance that particularly moves or delights you, feel free to applaud mid-piece. (Vocal and instrumental solo pieces being an exception.)
You can find Shen Yun merchandise in most theater lobbies during intermission as well as before and after the performance. You can also shop online at shop.shenyun.com.
We don’t sell DVDs of our dance performances. We believe that the full impact of our performance can only be felt by experiencing the dance, costumes, backdrops, and orchestra live, in-person, in the theater.
Live performance creates an energy that no reproduction can emulate. We want you to enjoy the Shen Yun experience the way it was envisioned—as a delight for all the senses.
The good news is, we do sell DVDs and CDs of Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra. These are live recordings of concerts in which our 100-piece symphony orchestra performs favorite Shen Yun originals, as well as select classical masterpieces that may be familiar to you. They are available at the Shen Yun Shop.