gtk-shen-youn5,000 Years of Civilization – Live on Stage.

It is the season of magical lore, and what better time to revisit ancient legends than Chinese New Year!

Traditionally, Chinese people have long held their magnificent culture as a gift from heaven, centered on the idea of harmony between the cosmos and the earth. In past years, Shen Yun Performing Arts’ audiences watched in awe as Lord Buddha’s celestial chariot descended onto the stage. Enchanted spectators traveled to meet venerable heroine Mulan on the battlefield, journeyed with the Tang Monk Xuanzang and his disciples— an ogre, a humanoid pig and the marvelous Monkey King – to the western heavens. Patrons have even admired folk hero Wu Song get drunk on too many bowls of wine, but then save a village from a vicious tiger!

Shen Yun, meaning “the beauty of divine beings dancing,” weaves a wondrous tapestry of divine realms, ancient legends and modern heroic tales through the universal language of music and dance, taking the public on a magic journey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture. Stunning animated backdrops transport audiences to bygone dynasties and far-off lands. Shen Yun’s orchestra performs stirring scores beautifully using Western and Chinese instruments. Dancers fly across the stage in an array of flips, spins, jumps and aerials. The energy of classical Chinese dance is contagious; the entire performance, mesmerizing.

With an all-new 2015 program, Shen Yun returns to San Diego during Chinese New Year. Six shows are selling out, and three more were added by popular demand. Heavenly delights like this only visit once a year, guaranteed to leave one serene like the Buddha’s eyes.

Performances are February 18 – 24 at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido.