SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Following the tradition set by city and state governments across America and the world, the State of California and its capital city, Sacramento, both bestowed on Shen Yun Performing Arts their highest honors this week.
On Tuesday night, April 5, after Shen Yun’s first show at the Sacramento Community Theatre, a resolution lavishing praise on Shen Yun on behalf of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and the entire City Council was read out.
Alongside the resolution, Assemblyman Roger Dickinson’s Senior Field Representative Sarah Moussa presented the New York-based company with a certificate offering a “heartfelt thank you” to Shen Yun’s presenters for “bringing the best of Chinese culture to Sacramento and the entire world.”
The Sacramento resolution praises Shen Yen for its mission “to revive the spirit of traditional Chinese culture as the world’s premier Chinese dance and music company.”
It also recognizes that Shen Yun “strives to present the true culture of China’s 5,000-year-old civilization” and is “independent of the Chinese Communist Party under which the traditional arts have suffered for 60-plus years.”
“Shen Yun seeks to breath new life into traditional Chinese culture and to provide an experience of sublime beauty and are commended for their achievements and rediscovering the traditional arts of China,” the resolution continues.
Shen Yun is also acknowledged for its world tour in 2010 that “dazzled over one million live audience members in more than 130 cities and four continents, including San Francisco, San Jose, and Sacramento, serving as a wonderful observance for the community.”
Deborah Edward, project manager for the city’s newly created For Arts Sake Initiative, read aloud the resolution. “So thank you very much and here is a special gift, to give you a sense that Sacramento will be in your hearts, and you’ll be in our hearts,” she said, presenting Shen Yun with the certificate.
Ms. Edward, whose role with the mayor's office is to make Sacramento a place where the arts flourish, admitted she was "very, very impressed" with Tuesday's show after attending in the mayor's place.
Mayor Johnson was out of town and was not able to watch the show, but Ms. Edward said she would "tell [Mayor Johnson] a great story because it was such a beautiful production, just amazing costumes, choreography, stories and staging. Lovely!"
Shen Yun "enriches your ability to understand a culture and to appreciate lovely art forms," Ms. Edward said, calling the production "very well-done."
"I think that the show shows the variety of dances and traditions in a very artful way, and what's lovely about the show is it's very contemporary, engaging and so colorful," Ms. Edward added. "It's not only a set of traditions that you can appreciate but it's a performance that you can appreciate in itself for being a high quality production."
Reporting by Kerry Huang and Cindy Drukier.
Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will perform at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts for four shows, Fri. April 8 through Sun. April 10. For more information visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org