SAN JOSE, Calif.—The fourth and final show of the weekend concluded on Sunday, April 10 with Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company delighting the crowds with their unique style of dance, music, and song. Many leaders from the technical community came out and learned about traditional Chinese culture from the shows.
"I thought it was terrific; I'd never seen traditional Chinese dance before so for me it was very educational and impressive," said Casey Roche, who is a vice president for a local computer hardware company.
Shen Yun was founded with a mission to restore 5,000 years of divinely-inspired Chinese culture. They have three companies touring the globe to audiences of both Westerners and Easterners alike.
"I think for most Americans they don't realize all the diversity in China, so it's good to get exposed to the fact that there are … [many] different dialects … and completely different cultures you know," Mr. Roche explained.
The show features different styles of dance such as ethnic and folk dance, and classical dance. However, the most prominent dance style at the Shen Yun performance is classical Chinese dance. Classical Chinese dance has a vast training system, and is a dance form still mostly new to the West. It carries the essence of Chinese cultural expression in its movements, postures, and aesthetics.
"Very talented, the dancers were incredible. I can't believe they could remember so many complex sequences of movements, and they're perfect, you know. I didn't see any mistakes, right. So it was good," said Mr. Roche.
In addition to the fantastic dancing and singing, a live orchestra accompanies the performers on stage. To add one more dimension to the show, there is an animated backdrop showing various scenes corresponding to the particular piece which is ongoing.
"Yeah, I didn't expect that, that was very cool," Mr. Roche said regarding the backdrops. "It was nice how they wove it altogether with the live action on the stage."
Mr. Roche has seen other types of shows before, however he felt that Shen Yun was "more traditional and obviously a higher culture."
Reporting by Gary Wang and Dean Tsaggaris.
Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will next perform in Kansas City, Missouri, on April 13. For more information please visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org