SAN JOSE, Calif.—Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company received its third consecutive standing ovation at their Saturday evening, April 9, performance at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, impressing both new and regular audience members.
Jan Tolesky, the Silicon Valley Symphony Trustee, was in the audience this evening. She said, “This is either the fifth or sixth time that I've been to this show. I think it's fabulous, and I keep bringing more and more of my friends, and they bring friends.”
Every time she comes she says she enjoys similar aspects of the show, speaking for Shen Yun's consistency throughout the years. “I think the talents of those kids is just amazing, costumes are fabulous, sets are terrific, [and] the storyline is very interesting. It's amazing on some of them, how just with dance they can bring [the] audience to tears on some of the storylines. Just amazing!”
Dances from tonight's performances moved her as well. “Some of them you want to cry. Others make you laugh. Others make you smile. Some make you angry. The show evokes a lot of emotions.”
Amazing talent from Shen Yun's dancers helped make this possible, which Ms. Tolesky also recognized. “I think they are amazing. The ability to move synchronized with each other without ever looking at each other, [or] anything else … I danced for a while. They are just so talented!”
Shen Yun includes award-winning vocalists and highly accomplished dancers and musicians in the Shen Yun New York Company Orchestra. Audience members like Ms. Tolesky sometimes identify specific singers whose performances they particularly appreciate. “The contralto sort of blew me away because I wasn't expecting quite—I know what a contralto is—but I wasn't expecting quite so deep of a voice. I thought it was interesting.”
Reporting by Gerry Wang and Abraham Thompson.
Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will perform one more show at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, Sunday, April 10, and then Kansas City, Missouri, on April 13. For more information please visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org