SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Shen Yun Performing Arts’ opening show at the Sacramento Community Center Theater on Jan. 2 was unlike anything Mr. John Franco, owner of Fiestas Catering, in Sacramento, had ever seen.
“Very good, excellent show,” said Mr. Franco, who attended the performance with friends and family. “I got a lot out of that.”
“The dancing to me was just excellent, excellent,” Mr. Franco said, adding that his granddaughter practices gymnastics, which he just learned originated from classical Chinese dance.
Classical Chinese dance requires systematic training in highly difficult jumps, flips, and tumbling techniques, the emcees explain. These may look similar to acrobatics or gymnastics, but those sports in fact originate from classical Chinese dance.
Among the group was Ms. Rebecca Unzueta, who works in a music store and is familiar with the Chinese instruments that are blended into Shen Yun’s orchestra, like the two-stringed erhu and the Chinese lute, the pipa.
“It was beautiful, it was amazing. I’ve seen the instruments, but I’ve never been able to hear them come together like they did,” Ms. Unzueta said.
The Shen Yun Orchestra, which recently played at Carnegie Hall, has a “Western philharmonic orchestra [that] plays the foundation, while traditional Chinese instruments lead the melodies,” according to Shen Yun’s website.
“I just love the blend that they had; it was just amazing how all those instruments can come together. It all was amazing,” Ms. Unzueta said.
Reporting by Alex Ma and Catherine Yang
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 Sacramento through Jan.3. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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