Walter Mencken 9:52 a.m., Oct. 27
Shen Yung Asian Ballet
Shen Yung Performing Arts founded in 2006 to revive interest in the 5,000 year old Chinese culture nearly eliminated by the Communists during the Cultural Revolution has earned acclaim for its visuals. Dozens of synchronized dancers trail long colorful scarves and sleeves, and digital photographic landscapes and animated dancers are projected onto stage backdrops.
Troupes of nearly one hundred dancers, musicians, and soloists simultaneously perform original ballets inspired by Tibetan, Miao, Mongolian, Yi, Taiwanese, and other minority ethnic influences to crowds around the world. The ballets are a compilation of short pieces depicting traditional folklore as well as more modern themes. The orchestra comprises traditional and modern instruments, the erhu and pipa playing alongside kettle drums and woodwinds.
Shen Yung’s local appearances are scheduled for the San Diego Civic Theater on December 26th and 27th and Escondido’s California Performing Arts Center on December 28th and 31st. Tickets, which sell out months in advance, are priced from $60 to $200 for VIP seating.
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