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Celebrate the Chinese New Year with 'Shen Yun'

IF YOU GO

• What: Shen Yun Performing Arts

• When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday

• Where: Cobb Energy Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta

• Cost: $50 to $200

• For more information: Visit cobbenergycentre.com

ATLANTA -- In the year of the dragon, the Cobb Energy Centre celebrates the Chinese New Year with "Shen Yun Performing Arts," a show of classical Chinese music and dance, Friday through Sunday.

The dance and music are inspired by 5,000 years of Chinese culture and its myths, legends and landscape. Performers, singers and a live orchestra take the audience through several short pieces that covers everything from the myth of creation to the tale of the Terracotta Army, from the plateau of Tibet to the forests of Yunnan, from the snowy peaks of the Himalayas to the Yangtze River, and more.

The colorfully dressed dancers tell these stories with flips and leaps while re-enacting folktales that have been passed down by generations for centuries.

The costumes alone are a big part of the show. There are hundreds of vibrant and bright handmade garments representing the different regions, ethnic groups (Mongolian, Yi, Manchurian, Miao and Tibetan) and dynasties of the large Asian country.

"Shen Yun's" orchestra is constructed of ancient instruments like the two-stringed erhu (the Chinese violin), the dizi (Chinese flute) and the four-stringed pipa (which looks like a guitar), plus an integration of Western woodwinds, brass, strings and percussions.

Another way the show transforms the audience to a foreign lands is through a digital backdrop. Scenery changes with the story's plot and viewers are moved from ancient gardens to the Mongolian grasslands to the sacred halls and holy temples.

"Atlanta has truly embraced us," said Alex Wang, director of New Times Culture and Education Center of Norcross. "Because of this city's amazing support, 'Shen Yun' has become one of the most highly sought-after and anticipated shows of the year."

The show is appropriate for all ages and lasts approximately two hours. For more information about the show, visit www.shenyunperformingarts.org.

Comments

Jason Braverman 2 years, 6 months ago

Check out the Gwinnett Daily Post Facebook page and learn how to win tickets to the show on Saturday (www.facebook.com/gwinnettdailypost).

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PhippsFamily 2 years, 6 months ago

We would love to experience the graceful beauty of this performance! We love to expose our children to the arts. We have wanted to go and see his performance and looked into it but it is somewhat pricey! Our anniversary is coming up very soon and this would be wonderful to see this Saturday. I hope we are selected. Thank you for the chance.

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cyyoung 2 years, 6 months ago

I would love to win tickets! My mother really wants to see this but it is out of our budget. She does so many wonderful things to help shuffle my kids around town I don't know what I would do without her. It would be a privilege to surprise her with these much wanted tickets.

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innocence72 2 years, 6 months ago

Shen Yun would be a fairy tale to go see! With it elaborate back drops and colorful costumes mixed with traditional dances make this the must see show for 2012!! Would love to experience a time honored culture of people and dance.

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frankie1470 2 years, 6 months ago

I've seen the commercials for this lately, what beautiful art these people perform. I'd love to see their grace and listen to the music. I think it would be very soothing to the senses which my husband and I would love to see and enjoy!

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alc 2 years, 6 months ago

My wife was born in the year of the Dragon and her birthday is coming up. This will be a nice surprise to her. Happy Chinese New Year to all.

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kimcroley 2 years, 6 months ago

I would love to see this as I am fascinated by the Chinese culture so much that I actually work for a Chinese packaging company. Oh, what better way to celebrate the "Year of the Dragon", by seeing this amazing show. 新年快乐! Happy Chinese New Year 2012!

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neulion 2 years, 6 months ago

Wonderful show, my friends in NY, Boston and San Francisco all gave it a 5 star must see for holiday. I am going to see the whole diff. production this time. ATL has something nice all the time.

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kldmom3ga 2 years, 6 months ago

I would really love to take my daughter to see this. She is a 2 hour drive away at college right now and could really use the break. She has loved both performing arts and the Chinese culture since she was small. It would be nice to win the tickets since they are not in our budget and it would be super nice to have a mother-daughter outing.

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lizacardona 2 years, 6 months ago

I would love to take my family. This is a wonderful show perfect for the whole family. Music and dance? It doesn't get better than that!

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tracyprice4 2 years, 6 months ago

I would love to go see this show. This would be a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon with the family.

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angiewattie 2 years, 6 months ago

I would love to go!!! I really wanted to since last year!

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angiewattie 2 years, 6 months ago

I don't see my comment, I'm new to GDP, I'd really like to go to this show, wanted to since last year.

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HabibahKahera 2 years, 6 months ago

I'd love to take my daughter to this show!

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shiraalfred 2 years, 6 months ago

This looks so beautiful and entertaining!

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skell1060 2 years, 6 months ago

I would love to take my grandson to see this awesome show

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BerniceBrown 2 years, 6 months ago

My grand-daughters love art, music and dance. This show would be amazing for them!

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RachelV 2 years, 6 months ago

My sister and I would love to go to the Cobb to see this show!

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rebekahv 2 years, 6 months ago

What an amazing giveaway, I love dance. I'd love to see this show!

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