18 February 2008
Inspired by 5000 years of Chinese history and drawing on the spirit of traditional culture, Shen Yun showcases authentic Chinese performing arts in a colourful and exhilarating gala which includes dance, musical ensembles plus vocal and instrumental solos.
In the only UK dates, this extraordinary new live event with over 100 dedicated dancers, singers and musicians of the highest professional calibre, as well as a live orchestra from New York based Divine Performing Arts, spreads over four performances in three days at the Royal Festival Hall.
The 50-member orchestra exclusively accompanying Shen Yun, gives traditional Chinese music a modern twist, combining the otherworldly melodies of the erhu (Chinese violin) and the guzhen (zither) with Western instrumentation.
The show combines ancient technique and artistry with majestic stage design and is supported by striking background scenery, including dazzling projected images of Buddhist temples, mountains, Mongolian grassland, Chinese palaces and the billowing seas. Eye-catching effects are achieved when the images are animated, i.e. depicting snowfall covering the countryside or clouds moving across the sky.
The colourful and intricately designed handmade costumes worn by the 'fairy maidens', 'brave warriors' and 'loyal souls' are a unique part of this production.
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Friday 22 - Sunday 24 Feb
Ticket Office 10am-8pm daily (no transaction fee)
Telephone 0871 663 2500, 9am-8pm daily (£2 transaction fee)
Book online www.southbankcentre.co.uk (£1.50 transaction fee)
Tickets £55 £40 £30 £20 £15
(Limited half-price tickets available for benefit recipients)
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