Shen Yun Brings Chinese Dance and Theater to Benedum Center (Sun., 1/15/23)

SHEN YUN PERFORMING ARTS (dance and theater extravaganza). Jan. 14 – 15, touring company at Benedum Center. 

In what has become an annual custom, the Shen Yun Performing Arts troupe visits Pittsburgh with a new feature-length show. Shen Yun’s productions may seem, at first, like a cross between Bollywood spectacle and some odd hybrid of Western dance, but they are distinctly Chinese. The performers’ mesmerizing movements and astounding leaps are from classical Chinese dance, which evolved over the millennia to incorporate elements of martial arts, acrobatics, storytelling pantomime, and spiritual expression. These elements are combined with modern stagecraft to dramatize folk tales and true stories from China’s long history. 1 p.m. Benedum Center, 237 7th St., Cultural District. (M.V.)

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