SAN JOSE, Calif.—Shen Yun's New York Company performed its fourth and last 2011 performance at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, April 10.
Shen Yun presents colorful and exhilarating performances of classical Chinese dance and music. According to its website, the New York-based company's mission is to revive China's 5,000-year-old divinely-inspired culture.
Attending the show for the first time were friends Ed, Sam, and Fran, who all really enjoyed it.
"I thought it was visually outstanding—it was just beautiful," said Sam, who is a chief engineer at IBM. He thought that the color and choreography were “absolutely phenomenal.”
Fran, a hair stylist, appreciated every aspect of the show, including the costumes and the live orchestra, and said the show exceeded her expectations.
"Absolutely beautiful,” she said. "The dancers were fantastic. It was just a joy to see another culture, history."
Fran found it sad that the people in China are still suppressed by the communist regime, and not allowed to express themselves through the arts. "Hopefully someday that will change," she said.
Ed, who is also an engineer, described the show as “very visual” and “soothing.” He appreciated all the vibrant colors in the performance.
The friends were impressed by the digital backdrop, which is designed to transport the audience across China's diverse landscape using hi-tech images of spring blossoms, deep forests, Mongolian prairies, and even celestial paradises.
"I thought it was fabulous, the way that it correlated with the actual acting and the animation. I thought was superb," said Sam.
He also recommended that his friends go see the show as well. "It’s a fabulous show," Fran agreed. "Everyone should see it."
Reporting by Gary Wang and Yi Yang.
Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will next perform in Kansas City, Missouri, on April 13. For more information please visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org