ESCONDIDO, Calif.—Accountant Hellene Romero and Finance Director Suzanne Stone and her daughter were excited to see Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Escondido, California Center for the Arts on Saturday.
Ms. Romero said seeing the show was “like a dream come true.”
Her ticket was a gift from her best friend, and she drove all the way from her home in Irvine. She enjoys Chinese culture and had wanted to see Shen Yun for some time.
“I didn’t know how and when I was going to see the show, but today seeing it made my dream come true,” she said.
“I love this show!”
The mission of New York-based performing arts company Shen Yun is to revive 5,000 years of China’s divinely inspired culture through music, classical Chinese dance, and ethnic and folk dances, according to the show’s website. It says China’s rich culture has been nearly undone under 60 years of Communist rule, but the spiritual core of the ancient culture cannot be destroyed.
“I love every outfit [the dancers] wear. I love the color. I love the dancer coordinator, I love the music,” said Ms. Romero. She said she would recommend this show to anyone in a heartbeat.
“Thank you for bringing it to California,” she said.
Ms. Stone, a director of financial planning and analysis, said the show was “beautiful, absolutely breathtaking!” She said she had been in China two years ago, but did not see a cultural show while she was there.
Unfortunately, Shen Yun is unable to perform in China today. Only outside of China do Shen Yun’s artistic creators have the ability to freely express themselves and their ancient culture, according to the website.
Ms. Stone enjoyed the colorful costumes and thought the choreography was beautiful. Her daughter, Gibson Stone, said she loved the show and was also impressed that the delicate costumes were handmade.
“It’s beautiful and you can really tell what the story is from the way they dance, even if you didn’t know what it was about before,” she said. “It’s amazing.”
Each Shen Yun dance piece has a theme and tells a story, offering a small glimpse into China’s 5,000-year history from ancient legends to modern times.
Reporting by Alice Su.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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