SAN JOSE, Calif.—Shen Yun Performing Arts spread the beauty of traditional Chinese culture to business adviser Terry Cannon and his wife, Jeanene Cannon, a personal trainer, when the couple saw the evening performance at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Jan. 5.
“I thought it was spirited and it seems culturally rich, and that’s one of the things I was hoping to get out of the performance, is a connection with the culture,” said Mr. Cannon speaking at intermission.
“I thought it was colorful and intriguing, and I like the fact that they’re telling a story,” Mrs. Cannon said.
Shen Yun’s mission is to revive China’s 5,000 years of traditional culture, which has nearly been lost since the country has been indoctrinated with communist ideology.
To fulfill this mission, Shen Yun performances display an array of classical Chinese dances from China’s historical dynasties, as well as ethnic dances that reveal the unique cultures of China’s dozens of distinct ethnic groups.
Mr. Cannon said the Mongolian Bowl Dance struck him as having rich cultural significance.
In the dance, elegantly clad female dancers balance up to three bowls on their heads as they spin and energetically shake their shoulders. In Mongolia, this dance is traditionally performed to welcome guests.
The hundreds of handmade costumes in Shen Yun were “stunning” according to Mr. Cannon. “Those sorts of things I think add to the appeal of the performance,” he said.
Reporting by Jasper Fakkert and June Kellum.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world with a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. The Shen Yun Touring Company will perform at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts through Jan. 6. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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