Culture. In our relatively young country, sanitized by wealth and isolationism, we often forget that the United States is just a baby country… a newborn so to speak. We forget that many other countries throughout the world have rich and interesting cultures. In our busy, day to day lives, we often don’t take the time, despite our best intentions, to explore other cultures. It’s expensive to travel and it’s hard to find the time to read or find a show on television that explores culture (while not putting one to sleep). Maybe a live performance is the solution?
Keller Auditorium, Portland State University’s own auditorium, this weekend is hosting Shen Yun, a visual exploration of five thousand years of Chinese History. From the comfort of modern day Downtown Portland, Oregon, enjoy the story of Chinese culture through the mediums of interpretive dance, one act plays, music, and storytelling. Shen Yun provides a glimpse into one of the oldest and most successful cultures in the history of the world, and you don’t need to pay an arm and leg to explore.
For five millennia, divine Chinese Culture thrived, bringing us mathematics, art and literature. Chinese art and Chinese thought and philosophy travelled the world and permeated the Far East, Europe and the Americas. Then, outside influences, disease and apathy nearly caused this profound culture to disappear, until now: Shen Yun is keeping it alive in a breathtaking way.
While Mandarin Chinese is becoming the universal business language, Shen Yun utilizes the international language of music and dance. “Shen Yun weaves a wondrous tapestry of heavenly realms, ancient legends, and modern heroic tales, taking you on a journey through 5,000 years of Chinese culture. Its stunning beauty and tremendous energy leave audiences uplifted and inspired. A Shen Yun performance features the world’s foremost classically trained dancers, a unique orchestra blending East and West, and dazzling animated backdrops—together creating one spectacular performance.”
My wife and I plan to go, and she is most excited about the classical Chinese dancing. My fear, of course, is that she will like it so much that she will ask us to try it at home and I will hurt myself—but that is neither here nor there. I am looking forward to the reenactment of legends and battles. Of course, we are both interested in the philosophy and wisdom shared throughout. Shen Yun is sure to be an eye opening, enlightening and fun experience… and it’s right here in the cozy environs of Portland, Oregon.
So, if you’re looking for something to do this weekend that you have never done before, check out Shen Yun at Keller Auditorium in Downtown Portland, Oregon. For more info, visit https://www.shenyunperformingarts.org/.