SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company concluded its final performance at the Sacramento Community Center Theater on Sunday afternoon, July 18. Christina Cicero and Judy traveled more than 150 miles to come to see the show on a very warm and sunny day.
Ms. Cicero is a grief counselor, and owner and editor for her business, Words, Ink. She provides a wide range of writing services including book editing, ghost writing and literary agency work.
“It’s amazing. The talent, the costuming, the flow–it’s just really, really awe-inspiring. I really liked learning about the diverse culture within China and the different approaches to life. It’s wonderful. I’m very uplifted. It was wonderful,” she said.
Ms. Cicero was touched by the music, the sentiments expressed and the overcoming of challenges. She said, “It was uplifting because good triumphed and the person prevails. You know we always prevail.”
She elaborated, “It was the one where they were showing about the oppression in China. We have oppression in every country, various kinds. What I liked was the message you leave with is that humanity will prevail.”
Ms. Cicero also noted the diversity that she saw in the show. She said when you think of China, “some people tend to think of a country like China as one, and it really isn’t, it’s very diverse within the country.” It is “really interesting just to see the different approaches, the different dress in the different areas, the different things that are highlighted from each region,” she added.
She also noticed that the dancers were in tune with nature, and that the blending of art and nature is seamless. In the show, “they illustrate it very, very well,” she said.
Ms. Cicero was wowed by the original scores accompanying the dance by the Shen Yun Orchestra, calling it “incredible.”
Ms. Cicero said that she could see how much the dancers were enjoying their performance, and to her, this reflected that there was a strong connection between body and soul that allows them to perform so beautifully.
“We will definitely see it every year at one place or another.”
Worth the Trip
Judy traveled with and attended the performance with Ms. Cicero.
Judy enjoyed the dancers’ costumes. Upon learning that they were handcrafted and fitted for each individual dancer, she exclaimed, “Oh, they are, they’re amazing!”
“This show is lovely,” Judy said, “We saw the ad in the San Francisco Chronicle. We drove down from Redding. I am glad that we did it. It’s a very lovely experience.”
With reporting by Abraham Thompson and Perple Lu.
Shen Yun Performing Arts will next perform at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, on Wednesday, July 21, 8 pm. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org