SAN JOSE, Calif.—San Jose, capital of Silicon Valley with close to 1 million residents, is hosting Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company through the weekend at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.
Rich in artistry and culture, Shen Yun dazzles with their patented animated backdrop, which left Young Sook, a retired Korean ballet dancer, in awe.
“Oh, this one is perfectly choreographed and the background and the mixture of the video and pictures, was perfect, perfect,” said Mrs. Sook who came to the performance with her husband Keith Williams.
Mr. Williams was also taken by Shen Yun’s signature projection screen backdrop. “The mixture of the video and the live art was very, well … it was just overwhelming. It brought you right into the scene and into the story, it really did help. I thought it was a very good effect, very good effect.”
“Bringing the video into it really made the show for me. It didn't take away from the dancers, the mixture of the two was good—very, very good indeed,” he added.
Mrs. Sook, enthused about the artistry of Shen Yun, rating it a perfect “100 percent.” Her husband went one step further giving the show a “110 percent.”
Mr. Williams said he was impressed with the quality of the Shen Yun dancers, leaving no room for doubt that they will return next year to see Shen Yun’s all-new production.
“I thought it was very entertaining. It was very well choreographed—the dancers were wonderful. They were in time, they did their sets perfectly. And my wife used to be a Korean professional ballet dancer many, many years ago. So we thoroughly enjoyed it. We were recommended [to see the show] and I'll be back. When I see it comes back next, I'll be back,” said Mr. Williams, who works as a survey engineer and a superintendent at a local Sunday school.
Another element Mr. Williams said he enjoyed was the Chinese and English speaking Shen Yun hosts that guide the audience through each piece, providing insights into Chinese dance and ancient Chinese history throughout the show.
“I couldn't segregate any one particular part of the show—from beginning to end, even the commentary between, was enjoyable. I thought it was a well-planned show from start to finish. And it would be unfair to the rest of the show just to pick one item out of it. But I thought it was absolutely brilliantly done.
As a Christian, Mr. Williams said he felt connected to the themes he saw playing out on stage.
“I could feel the connection, I could feel the connection where the story was full of life,” he said. “It is the same as my belief, that good will overcome evil, and that there is a heaven, and virtually we will all be there in peace and love,” said Mr. Williams, at the end of the show.
Mr. Williams said the show gave him hope. “That is the resounding word that comes out from beginning to end—hope. H-O-P-E. They inflamed that word, and it touched my heart.”
“The message, the way it was produced, the way it was preformed, I think they did a perfect job, I can't say any more.” He did add however, a message to his friends.
"Please go and see it. It can't be explained in words, you have to see it to believe it.”
Reporting by Gary Wang and Abraham Thompson.
Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will perform two more shows at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, Sat. April 9-10. For more information please visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org