Shen Yun: A Journey to Another World

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Anyone with an Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, or Pinterest account has most likely come across at least one post featuring a photo of cascading mountains or fields of wildflowers with the word, “Wanderlust”, in a looped font edited on to the image. Used to describe the desire to voyage away from familiar surroundings, experience diverse cultures, and explore the many different sides to humanity, this term has become a common sentiment among students as well as adults who wish to encounter something bigger than themselves. Most, however, are halted by the cost of travel – in terms of money and time, too. But what if you had the chance to be submerged into an ancient culture whose home resides thousands of miles away?

Introducing Shen Yun, a nonprofit performing arts organization devoted to the preservation and revival of traditional Chinese culture. Established in 2006, Shen Yun is comprised of performers from China as well as ethnic Chinese hailing from various countries and based in New York – a long way from China where the Communist regime has spent decades attempting to erase traditional Chinese culture. Every year, they travel for about 6 months, performing in some 20 countries and 100 cities to share these ancient traditions featuring dancing and music wherever they can.

Traveling long distances isn’t required to experience something new and exhilarating. In fact, it can be argued that a true traveller strives to seek and encounter diversity and exploration wherever he or she can – even if it’s in their own backyard. So consider investing in tickets to experience a glimpse into another life on the Shen Yun Performing Arts official website [url:]. Performances are scheduled for April, 19 2018 through April, 25 2018 at SUNY Purchase’s Performing Arts Center. It’s impossible to say whether you’ll have another chance to be exposed to a culture so drastically different than yours.