SAN JOSE, Calif.—For Sam Leung watching Shen Yun perform at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts on Jan. 4 was a wonderful experience.
Leung, a technical program manager at Google, said the performance is “wonderful” and “really well performed.”
Born in Hong Kong, Leung says that he has grown up hearing about some of the legends displayed in the performance.
Established in 2006, Shen Yun Performing Arts has the mission to revive 5,000 years of civilization. With classical Chinese dance as its hallmark, Shen Yun takes its audience on a journey through China’s rich and vast history in an exhilarating performance.
According to Leung the dance has a “lot of dynamic in it,” and that at times it looks like the dancers are floating.
Leung was particularly struck by one of the pieces “An Early Spring” which consists of a vibrant northeastern folk dance.
The performance, which features many award-winning artists, showcases classical Chinese dance along with various Chinese ethnic and folk dances. China, which boasts a rich cultural history, has at least 55 different ethnic minorities.
Leung said he also recognized in the performance the depiction of religious persecution in present-day China. One of the pieces of the performance that takes place in contemporary China shows how a group of Falun Dafa practitioners stand up for their persecuted belief and are faced with injustice from the Chinese police.
According to Leung the show is a “must see” and he will “highly recommend” the performance to his friends.
Reporting by Alex Ma and Jasper Fakker
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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