SAN FRANCISCO—Friends came together at the War Memorial Opera House on Thursday evening to enjoy the final performance of Shen Yun Performing Arts in San Francisco.
In the audience former Professor of Graphic Design Mr. Stern, construction worker John, and Chinese teacher Ms. Lee all agreed the show is fun.
Mr. Stern felt the visual impact was in “technicolor,” drawing from his experiences in color and design.
John also appreciated the feast of color displayed in Shen Yun, and was impressed by the synchronicity of the dancers. In the traditional Chinese style displayed in Shen Yun, most dances incorporate multiple performers moving in sync, a very difficult feat to master.
Ms. Lee is of Chinese descent and studied art. She teaches Mandarin and does translations. She was intrigued by the dance piece "Imperial Archers." "Actually I really liked the Archer Dance–it’s great," she said. In this dance young warriors prepare for battle, perfecting their archery skills.
In ancient China, a gentleman was expected to master archery. It was part of Confucian learning. The strength and vigor of the males contrasted with the gentle dignity of the female performers in Shen Yun. In ancient Chinese culture, these principles embody the traits characterized by men and women.
Shen Yun will travel next to San Jose’s Center for the Performing Arts and then move on to Sacramento.
For more information visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.