Sunday, January 2, 2011

This Month in Raleigh // Shen Yun Performing Arts Preserves Ancient Forms

On January 22, the Shen Yun Performing Arts group will be in Raleigh at Memorial Auditorium in the Progress Energy Center. The performance is a sort of blending of the arts with culture and spirituality--the musical, dance and other techniques cannot be separated from the performers' lifestyles and mindset. The company is also making a bit of a political statement in seeking to recover art forms that the Chinese Communist Party has destroyed.

From the group's website:

Over the past 60-plus years under Chinese Communist Party rule - and especially during campaigns such as the Cultural Revolution—much of China’s traditional culture has been destroyed. But China has a 5,000-year history steeped in rich values and the idea that humanity and the divine are intertwined. This idea is built right into the name "Shen Yun," which in context translates as “the beauty of divine beings dancing.”

At a time when the influence of Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism was strong in the Middle Kingdom, art was a means of connecting with the higher universe. Artists cultivated virtue and engaged in study and meditation, because they believed that to create true art worthy of the heavens, there must first be inner beauty and purity. Today, Shen Yun’s artists follow in this noble tradition.

Click here for ticketing info.

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