China was once known as “The Land of the Divine.” This reflected a belief that its glorious culture was brought down from above. People sought harmony among Heaven, Earth, and humankind, and followed the course of nature. But in 1949 the Chinese Communist Party came to power. It saw this spiritual heritage as an ideological threat and for decades tried to destroy these traditions. It nearly succeeded.
Then, in 2006, a group of Chinese artists came together in New York united by a mission: to revive authentic Chinese culture. They formed Shen Yun. Nonprofit and independent of any government, Shen Yun has brought this culture back from the brink of extinction.