SAN JOSE, Calif.—Shen Yun Performing Arts played its fourth and final show on Sunday, April 10, and moves on to Kansas City.
Vinni Walia, the director of the San Jose Convention Center, attended the final performance, saying “it's a fantastic show.”
“I was here last year and I came again this year because this show is absolutely a cut above the rest,” he added. “I've seen many other shows, but this show really stands above and beyond the other shows that I've seen.”
The spiritual element that permeates Shen Yun struck a chord with him.
“There is definitely a spiritual message here," she said. "I would say that's a good connection. I come back here because it tells you that there's a supreme power, and how there is a good and an an evil."
Several dances depict the ongoing persecution of Falun Dafa, a spiritual discipline that has its origins in ancient China.
“Again, good prevails over the evil. That is a strong message that is sent to everybody here,” Mr. Walia said. “I think everybody [who] walks out of this room is going to be thinking about it for a long time.”
In the final piece, a large tsunami is depicted washing over a city before a divine being arrives.
“The tsunami was the most touching, yes. That was the most touching, because it was so close to us. It happened recently and I think everybody, every adult, child, male, female, and elderly person can connect to that,” he added. “I think it connects to everybody present in this room today.”
Accompanying each performance, there is a digital backdrop with which the dancers interact. The backdrops depict colorful fields of flowers, plum blossoms, scenes of ancient China, the insides of temples, and even modern-day society.
“The graphic arts, in this case they're not just really ‘oh yes, it's there.’ It's like you feel a part of it, you feel like you are in that setup, in that setting. And I think whoever designed it did a great job,” he said.
Further noting the show’s immersive quality, Mr. Valia said the backdrop makes the audience feel like they “are a part of it, you are there actually and witnessing it.”
With reporting by Gary Wang 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