SAN JOSE, Calif.—Shen Yun Performing Arts played its fourth and final show at the San Jose Center for Performing Arts on Sunday, April 10.
Bhupinder Lehga, the CEO of Wave Systems, a data security firm based in the Silicon Valley, attended the performance on Saturday.
"It's beautiful—very nice show," he said. “Well presented. It was very relaxing in a way while you enjoyed it,” adding “I loved it.”
Mr. Lehga noted that the show has a spirituality about it and “also presented in a very beautiful way … just looking at the pictures, just seems like you're there.”
Shen Yun seeks to revive the 5,000-year-old culture of China as well as its traditions, values, and spirituality.
China is said to have had “divinely-inspired” culture, Shen Yun’s website says. However, more than six decades of communist rule has nearly destroyed the culture.
“China being a communist country, I don't think they believe in a religion,” Mr. Lehga said, and added that Shen Yun shows that “there is some supreme power.”
“What shocked me was that even today in China, they’re (the Chinese regime) still controlling the people's thoughts,” he said. “People still can't go and read a religious book for example. Or they can't do things they like to do, like normal people do. It's controlled by the government.”
Several pieces in Shen Yun depict the persecution of Falun Dafa, an ancient meditation practice, that is still a common occurrence in China today.
“I feel sympathy for those people,” he said. “I also feel the society is still being controlled.”
Regarding the music and dance combination, he said “the whole thing was very well presented.”
Shen Yun’s performers have mastered classical Chinese dance, which is technically demanding due to its extensive movements. It is also able to express the inner meanings of Chinese culture, the company’s website says.
Commenting on what he would say about the performance to other people, Mr. Lehga said, “I will tell them this is a nice family show … it's also educational as well.”
He added, “You will learn about the Chinese culture while you are enjoying the show.”
With reporting by Abraham Thompson and Jack Phillips.
Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will next perform in Kansas City, Missouri, on April 13. For more information please visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org