SAN JOSE, Calif.—Sterling Harwood brought his whole family to see Shen Yun Performing Arts at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts Friday night.
“I’m enjoying it immensely here at the intermission,” said Harwood who is an attorney and professor of philosophy at San Jose City College.
“It’s very well done, very professionally done,” he said.
He especially liked the moments of humor and the elegance in the show.
His favorite piece was the tale of a mischievous group of young Shaolin monks in the story titled When Shaolin Monks Protected the Emperor.
In a packed two hours, Shen Yun performs classical Chinese dance, folk dances, and stories from Chinese literature that bring to life the country’s dynasties, regions, and ethnic groups.
Harwood said the costumes were beautiful and that he liked the elegance of the show. He remembered a classical piece titled, “Ancient Elegance,” where the long silken sleeves of female dancers reflect their inner calm and joy.
The bilingual masters of ceremonies who joke and offer insight into Chinese culture were another highlight for Harwood.
“I liked the emcees coming out and explaining what we were about to see for each piece; it makes it easy to follow,” he said.
“So it’s quite a variety, very elegant, very high production levels,” he said in summation of his experience.
Reporting by Gary Wang and June Kellum.