SAN JOSE, Calif.—Seeing Shen Yun perform at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts on Jan. 6 was a unique experience for Dennis and Maryann Wilcox.
Mr. Wilcox, a Professor emeritus of Journalism and Mass Communication at San Jose State University, said he enjoyed seeing the classical Chinese dance in the performance. “It’s well choreographed,” he said.
Shen Yun was founded in 2006 in New York with the mission of “reviving 5,000 years of divinely inspired Chinese culture,” according to the Shen Yun website.
Mr. and Mrs. Wilcox thought the performance was very innovative in using graphics in the performance. Shen Yun features a state-of-the-art digital backdrop, that is seamlessly incorporated with all other elements of the performance such as the dance and music.
“It’s very innovative, the way the dancers appear and disappear,” Mr. Wilcox said.
Mrs. Wilcox, who is a market researcher in the electronics industry, said the digital backdrop is “very unique.”
Mr. and Mrs. Wilcox said it was great to see the Chinese culture in the Shen Yun performance.
With classical Chinese dance as its hallmark Shen Yun takes audience members on a journey through China’s rich history. After its founding in 2006 Shen Yun has grown to three performance companies with accompanying orchestras that perform in all corners of the world.
Mrs. Wilcox enjoyed the orchestra, which blends melodies and instruments from the West and the East, saying she believes the music is appealing to a Western audience.
Reporting by Christian Watjen and Jasper Fakkert.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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