A Shen Yun performance is roughly two hours, plus intermission. There are about 15 short dance pieces in each performance, which offer variety in terms of both pacing and style. Some pieces feature stories from ancient Chinese history or mythology, others from contemporary Chinese history, while still others are meant to merely feature the dance form in the setting of different dynasties.
A live orchestra plays original music to accompany each of the dance pieces. Bilingual emcee hosts briefly introduce each piece, to provide you with helpful background so that you can appreciate the experience more fully. Interspersed between the dances are a total of 2-3 classical vocal and sometimes instrumental solos.
Shen Yun productions are unforgettable for their combination of music, dance, brilliant costumes, and animated backdrops—which contain a few surprises!