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For any fans of Silk, RA, and in particular Chinese instruments, do make sure to check out this show.

The choreography and costumes are absolutely spectacular, and it's a great opportunity to hear a live performance of a "modern Chinese orchestra" up close, including solo performance on erhu (the two stringed violin).

The orchestra they used was very minimal, almost chamber orchestra - flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, one trumpet, one horn, percussion section (lots of Chinese percussion obviously), a few violinists, cello, double bass; supplemented by traditional Chinese erhu, pipa, etc, all electrifically amplified. There are also sound effects, pre-recorded, played back in sync with the show. And there's animation projected on the background, which is cleverly integrated with the choreography.

You just gotta see this live.

One caution: the show I watched today had some pretty political anti-Chinese government messages. I won't go into detail as it's against the EW forum rules. Shen Yun is a NYC based dance academy, focused on traditional Chinese dance and music, which goes back thousands of years. They perform all over the world, except in China.

https://youtu.be/gKRyRe6EQ_4
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