ESCONDIDO, Calif.—An official from the Department of Homeland Security was impressed by the Shen Yun matinee performance on Dec. 30 at the California Center for the Arts. “It’s fantastic. Very, very beautiful,” said David Wallace.
The ancient Chinese myths, legends, and ethnic stories delighted and surprised Mr. Wallace. “Very, very beautiful. Very impressive. I was worried that it wouldn’t be very approachable, that I wouldn’t quite understand what’s going on.”
“I had no experience with it [traditional Chinese culture].”
Following the stories ended up being easy for him. “All the stories, everything was very clearly demonstrated,” he said.
Dance is a universally understood language of the arts. Classical Chinese dance is grounded in 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture, and is a dance art form built upon a deep foundation of traditional aesthetics, according to the Shen Yun website.
This tradition and beauty were appreciated by Mr. Wallace. “It’s very beautiful. It’s very, very nice. It’s very graceful, and I’m just always impressed with dancers and just their athleticism, and their ability to feel like they’re floating across the stage. It’s pretty amazing!”
Among Mr. Wallace’s many accomplishments are serving as mayor of Sugar Land, Texas, for three terms, and he is currently CEO and co-founder of Wallace Bajjali Development Partners, L.P.
“It’s just a beautiful, beautiful show. I’m looking forward to bringing my daughter back next year, so I hope they come back,” said Mr. Wallace.
Reporting by Jane Yang and Cheryl Casati.
Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will be heading to Escondido for performances at the California Center for the Arts from Dec. 28 to 31.
New York-based Shen Yun has three companies that tour the world each year on a mission to revive 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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