SAN JOSE, Calif.—The final Shen Yun Performing Arts show played at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, April 10. Audience members throughout the Silicon Valley came to see the New York-based dance company’s revival of 5,000 years of Chinese culture.
Regina Harrison, a credit analyst, attended the performance and said the show is “very beautiful, very visual, and very dazzling.”
She said she was moved by the piece Our Story, which shows a teacher who practices the spiritual meditation practice Falun Dafa being persecuted by the Chinese communist regime. Police break into her classroom and take her away for persisting in the practice.
Watching this piece, she was “very moved by that” and said she was not aware of the current situation in China. The hosts came and explained that the persecution is still happening and “it really moved me” again, she said.
Regarding the dancers and their technique, she noted their athleticism and elegance. “I notice when the ladies do the arms and the fingers it just flows; it is very flowing beautifully,” she said.
“The gentlemen are fantastic as well,” she said, adding that the entire performance was “visually appealing.”
Shen Yun also features several world-renowned opera singers, using the Bel Canto style, which she also “really enjoyed.” With every dance piece, there is also an orchestra that joins together Western and Chinese instruments.
Overall, she said the show gives a glimpse of “people getting along and loving one another,” while also showing the diversity of another culture.
With reporting by Chun Lin and Jack Phillips.
Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will next perform in Kansas City, Missouri, on April 13. For more information please visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org