When dancer Michelle Ren joined Shen Yun, she was excited by the possibilities. “It gave me this opportunity to stand on the world’s stage, and to share authentic Chinese culture,” she says. “I realized that this was something really different, a really unique opportunity. I feel very fortunate.”
Now the associate company manager, choreographer, and principal dancer, Ren uses the deeper essence of classical Chinese dance to create a cultural and spiritual performance. The dance’s history is important, she explains. “These movements carry with them an inner meaning and essence derived from this 5,000-year-old culture.” The result is a spectacle that captivates the audience with its skillful techniques.
Shen Yun has grown in size and scope over the years, and the name has come to be associated with incredible music and breathtaking shows. The company’s purpose is to revive 5,000 years of Chinese civilization, and though the orchestra blends a combination of Eastern and Western musical rituals, everything is built on the traditions of Chinese music.
“I get really excited thinking about how soon we’ll be on tour,” Ren concludes. “Even more people will have the chance to see Shen Yun in 2014.
This winter, Shen Yun 2014 will be performing at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City, January 10–19, 2014. Tickets are available by calling 800.818.2393 or by visiting ShenYun.com. For more information about the company, please contact Shen Yun Performing Arts at 888.974.3698.