SAN JOSE, Calif.—Katherine Kelalcal felt like she was getting a tour of China as she watched Shen Yun Performing Arts at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Jan. 5. A chief marketing officer with a local company, Ms. Kelalcal said during the intermission she has not seen anything like Shen Yun and that “it is beautiful. Very beautiful.”
Speaking about the unique animated backdrops used throughout the show, she mentioned that the integration of the backdrops in the dances is a very good technique to tell a story more deeply. “I have the ability to actually enjoy a richer understanding of what the dancers are portraying and it is kind of fun,” she said.
Ms. Kelalcal felt the show was very classical, while at the same time having a high-tech background, and the dancers were very well synchronized, elegant, and graceful.
She was impressed with the soprano, saying: “She has quite a voice. She is a very strong singer and I like the fact that she had the words in the background so I could understand what she is saying. And it makes me want to learn Chinese.”
“I think people are more familiar with the acrobats, acrobatical performances, those types like Cirque de Soleil. This is more of a dance, more of a story, more of a series of experiences and it is more classical, and I really feel you get a lot of the Chinese culture, so I think it is a nice surprise,” she said.
“I didn’t know what to expect, but I knew it was going to be beautiful and it is, so I am very happy.”
Ms. Kelalcal particularly enjoyed the ethnic dances of the Mongolians and Tibetans, and she was looking forward to seeing the second half of the show.
Reporting by Gary Wang and Steve Ispas
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world with a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. The Shen Yun Touring Company will perform at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts through Jan. 6. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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