SAN JOSE, Calif.—Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company's second of four shows in San Jose's Center for the Performing Arts, a matinee performance on Saturday, April 9, inspired favorable audience comments and received a standing ovation.
Euna Tarasula, a physician, and Eugene Tarasula, an information technologist, both from Dublin, California, described the show: he said “Definitely unusual—Interesting, she said,"Very professional—beautiful.”
Ms. Tarasula noted “how in sync” the dancers were. “That's pretty cool,” she said. For many dances, between 10 and 20 dancers are on stage dancing at the same time. They coordinate perfectly with the movements of the dance and the musical cues from the orchestra to indicate humor, action, mood, a new character, or a change in scene.
The couple were seated in the first few rows, and Mr. Tarasula remarked, “The music's pretty good … you can pick up little things that you probably wouldn't get back there [in the back row].” He was impressed with the orchestra's live performance. The Shen Yun Orchestra is unique in that it combines classical Western instruments, such as the violin, cello, and trumpet, with Chinese instruments such as the pipa, suona, and erhu.
Both described the show as unusual. “We did not know what to expect,” said Ms. Tarasula. In this case, unusual also seems to indicate a wonderfully positive, up-close encounter with Shen Yun's talented performing artists.
Reporting by Jan Jekielek and Beth Lambert.
Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will perform one more show at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, Sun. April 10. For more information please visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org