SÃO PAULO, Brazil—Dr. Francisco Sampaio, a doctor to stars like Rei Pelé who was named Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee, knows what it takes to perform amazing physical feats.
On March 20 with his family at the Teatro Bradesco, Dr. Francisco Sampaio was amazed by the athleticism and expressivity of the dancers of Shen Yun Performing Arts.
“It really is a majestic show! In some moments, it even got me emotional,” Dr. Sampaio said. He added that he was not familiar with traditional Chinese culture, but the performance gave him great emotion.
“It brought me emotions in the literal sense of the word! It moved me to the point of wanting to, of having tears in my eyes,” he said.
His wife Dr. Andrea Sampaio said the performance was “wonderful, magical!”
“It is a very exuberant show, and [with it] you get to have such a connection. I mean, the physical part is very intense! You get to understand the whole thing just through their bodily expressions. The colors! The girls! It was all so perfect, simply beautiful! This work, how exquisite every single detail was,” she said.
New York-based Shen Yun is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance company and has a mission to revive 5,000 years of Chinese civilization—”China before communism.”
The Sampaios felt Shen Yun’s mission was much needed in the world today.
“It’s so important, because the culture is getting lost, in every country nowadays,” said Dr. Andrea Sampaio. “That’s why I brought my son. I wanted him to see the different cultures that exist and the beauty behind them, that makes us be reborn every time ever more with peace, with love. Especially that part with the singing! That presentation, the lyrics were incredibly beautiful.”
The Sampaios said they wanted to extend their congratulations to Shen Yun, for their excellence as well as their bravery in creating something for the world even though it cannot be shown in China.
“We were also very impressed with the fact this kind of show can’t be shown there [in China],” Dr. Andrea Sampaio said. “That’s a magnificent show! They’re extraordinary at what they do.”
Reporting by Mary Mann.
The Epoch Times is a proud sponsor of Shen Yun Performing Arts. We have covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.