SACRAMENTO, Calif.—First-time attendee Kitty O’Neal was in attendance at of Shen Yun Performing Arts opening night at the Sacramento Community Center Theater on Saturday, July 17.
Ms. O’Neal, host of a popular afternoon news talk show at Sacramento’s KFBK radio station, knows a little bit about Chinese culture. She spent time in Hong Kong and grew up in Asia, in the Pacific, so she’s always had a love of Asian culture. “I’ve never gotten to see anything on this scale. So this is really spectacular,” she said.
According to their web site, Shen Yun Performing Arts is reviving the true, five-millennia-old artistic tradition of China and Chinese culture. Ms. O’Neal therefore could be said to have been witness to a historical performance.
“I think it’s amazing! I felt like I’m transported into a different time and a different place, most certainly” she said
It was difficult for her to pick a favorite, but loved In a Miao Village, a dance with women dancers and silver jewelry. “I especially liked that,” she said, “I thought that was very intriguing and some of the moves almost seemed a little modern which I thought [was] very interesting.”
She loved the very acrobatic dances and thought the maidens were beautiful. “[They] just seemed to glide across the stage. They’re just so elegant and graceful,” she said.
Ms. O’Neal thought the costumes and backdrops were exquisite. “I love how the costumes coordinate in color with the glorious backdrops. And the costumes are used so thoughtfully in the dance and the dance is so exquisite and unusual so I’m really finding it to be extraordinary,” she said.
Ms. O’Neal who has covered 16 Academy Awards and the Grammy Awards, said, “I would recommend it to anybody who has a love of culture and the arts and really getting a flavor of what a different culture—an ancient culture, very beautiful, thoughtful culture—is like.” She continued, “You don’t get an opportunity to see it that much. So I think this is a rare opportunity.”
With reporting by Zhang Qian.
Shen Yun Performing Arts will again be at the Sacramento Community Center Theater Sunday, July 18. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org