Shen Yun Gives Hope for the New Year

January 3, 2015

SAN JOSE, Calif.—Tila Guerrero and Robert Clark had the opportunity to see Shen Yun Performing Arts at its first Bay Area performance at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts on Jan. 2.

“I think [the performance] is awesome! So nice!” said Ms. Guerrero, owner of a McDonald’s franchise. “It’s refreshing; it’s so clean and smooth. It just makes you feel good.”

Mr. Clark remarked that the message of compassion was very good. “It’s just a very strong message of faith and a strong message of human dignity.”

He said the performance presented “a good amount of what humans should be doing in terms of forgiving. I thought that was very nice in terms of how we should be treating each other—no matter how we see people, we should treat them with respect and help people as much as we can.”

Shen Yun performances also feature a digital backdrop used as virtual set pieces throughout the show.

Very unique integration of people and backdrops.
— Robert Clark
“I think it’s fantastic,” Mr. Clark said. “It is well done, well choreographed, very talented dancers, and very unique integration of people and backdrops.”

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has the mission to revive 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture. The performance, which has been seen by millions of audience members around the world, primarily features classical Chinese dance—an art form that has a history of thousands of years.

Mr. Clark believes Shen Yun will give people hope for the New Year.

“It opened my eyes, not for understanding us here, but how lucky we are to see this—like you said, in other places, you can’t see this, in China, because you’re persecuted. And that’s why I hope that the people over there will have hope that they’ll be able to express themselves more fully as time goes on.”

Reporting by Gary Wang and Ton Truong

Shen Yun Performing Arts World Company will be in the Bay Area for almost 2 weeks, performing in San Jose, Berkeley, San Francisco, and Sacramento.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.