SAN JOSÉ, Calif.—Ramana Vieira, a contemporary singer of traditional Portuguese fado, was one of the audience members who watched the inaugural Shen Yun performance at San José Center for the Performing Arts on Friday evening, May 15.
"I've heard so much about it. … They were in San Francisco last year and the year before. The set designs and the discipline of the dancers—being a trained dancer myself, I could tell that every one of them must have been doing this since they were very young," said Vieira.
Shen Yun performed in San Francisco and Cupertino in January as part of their 2009 world tour. The company came back for encore performances with its three-day show in San José.
"I now have a deeper respect for Chinese arts and culture. I knew how beautiful they embraced the arts, and it is very clear that there is a part of China that we don’t know about. We hear how industrious they are, but the art part really brought that alive for me," said Vieira.
Vieira's favorite performance was the piece with the drums. "I love the way they danced with the drums [Drummers of the Tang Court].
"I loved the ladies dancing with the costumes and what they did with their sleeves and props, the pink flowers with the fans. It is very synchronized. You can tell that they did many, many hours of rehearsal," she said.
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