Underneath China’s face-forward global economy lies a wealth of inspired art forms. With an eye towards unveiling China’s artistic traits, Shen Yun Performing Arts, the premier classical Chinese dance and musical company, will visit Atlanta for two performances on Saturday, Aug. 21.

Formed in 2006, Shen Yun consists of three dance companies, three orchestras and a collaborative host of choreographers, composers, costume designers and stage artists. In their inaugural 2007 season, the company performed for over 200,000 people. Last year, Shen Yun performed to more than 800,000.

The company has embarked on a new global tour with performances planned across Europe, North and South America, Oceania and Asia.

The stop in Atlanta will be at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway. Show times are at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets start at $60, with groups of 10 or more receiving a 10 percent discount. Tickets are available at www.Ticketmaster.com.

“We think this will benefit Atlanta and allow them to see this rich culture,” said Joy Zhou, Director of New Times Culture and Education Center. “Our mission is to build a bridge between the East and West cultures, this is a way to take advantage.”

For more about the show, visit www.ShenYunPerformingArts.org.

– Roshani Chokshi

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.