SAN JOSE, Calif.—For Jan Telesky it was the seventh time she had seen Shen Yun when she attended the Friday night performance at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts on Jan. 4.
“I think it’s fabulous. I keep bringing all my friends to it, because I don’t know any other show like it. It’s just wonderful,” said Telesky, who is the secretary for the Board of Trustees of Opera San Jose.
“I loved it every time I’ve seen it,” she said.
Founded in 2006, Shen Yun Performing Arts has the mission to revive 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture. Based in New York, the company has three companies with accompanying orchestras that perform in all corners of the world.
With classical Chinese dance as its hallmark, Shen Yun gives audience members an unforgettable experience in a two-hour performance.
“The sound of the orchestra blends beautifully with the dancing and everything else; it doesn’t overpower. It’s just a lovely blend,” said Telesky.
The orchestra is unique as it combines both classical Western and Chinese instruments. While the foundation of the orchestra consists of a Western philharmonic orchestra, it also contains a wide range of Chinese instruments such as the pipa and the two-stringed erhu, also known as the Chinese violin.
“The costumes and the colors and the backdrop, everything is just wonderful. I just sit there with a smile on my face for the whole show,” Telesky said happily.
The performance features hundreds of costumes, each consisting of brilliant colors and created with meticulous attention. The performance uses state-of-the-art digital backdrops, creating vividly animated settings that transport audience members to magical realms.
Telesky saw the performance for the first time in 2007 and has been to see it every year since.
“I will come again next year,” she said.
Reporting by Gary Wang and Jasper Fakkert.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun’s Touring Company will be performing in San Jose through Jan. 6. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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