SACRAMENTO, Calif.—After seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts perform at the Sacramento Community Center Theater on January 3, Cuong Nguyen said it is a show he will remember for a long time.
Cuong, who is a director at the Department of Justice for the state of California, said he enjoyed the performance a lot and thought it was “very artful, very entertaining.”
“The music is very enjoyable. The dancing is very good.”
Shen Yun presents traditional Chinese culture in exhilarating performances of classical Chinese dance and music.
“The Vietnamese culture is very close to Chinese culture,” Cuong said, and the dances that depicted stories were familiar to him.
Founded in 2006, Shen Yun Performing Arts has the mission of reviving 5,000 years of Chinese culture, a culture that was almost lost under communist rule in China.
Cuong said the performance pieces that depicted the suppression in present-day China were very well done, and he found them particularly memorable.
One of the pieces, Divine Mercy, takes place in present-day China and shows a group of practitioners of the spiritual discipline Falun Dafa gathering on Tiananmen Square in Beijing to demonstrate support for their belief, which is brutally persecuted in present-day China. While the piece displays a harsh reality in present-day China, it also contains a message of hope.
The Shen Yun performances feature a digital backdrop with vividly animated scenes that transport audience members to magical realms. The backdrop designs are synchronized with the other aspects of the performance.
“It’s very well-done. It’s very unique,” Cuong commented, saying he enjoyed how the backdrop interacted with the dancers in the performance.
Reporting by Jingzhe Cao 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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