Shen Yun Performing Arts held its final two of eleven consecutive performances at the Center for the Performing Arts in San Jose, on Saturday, Dec. 29.
Every performance was to a full house and many audience members voiced they wanted more. So, the theater has already started selling tickets for next year’s performances. They enjoyed experiencing the company’s mission of reviving China’s traditional culture through dance and music.
“I would say it was unexpected, unusual, I mean the dancing and the music, it was very beautiful. I particularly like the ones with the sleeves that came out, that was very creative. Very creative to see it kind of like the way you use it almost like fireworks shooting out of their hands. I thought that was very beautiful,” said Arno Ledebuhr, Principal Physicist at Lockheed Martin Space Systems.
According to Shen Yun’s website, at the core of the company is traditional Chinese dance, which combines athleticism with elegance, making it one of the most expressive art forms in the world.
“I think the art of dance is just a new height of something that I knew about dance,” said Irina Chirashnya, Founder and President at Academy of Fencing Masters. “It’s so incredible and inspirational. All these beautiful dancers and [the] choreography is very special. Every dance just touches the soul. Thank you.”
“It’s absolutely breathtaking. The tradition, five thousand years of culture comes across. And I’m kind of surprised that a lot of elements of classical ballet, or at least what I understood to be classical ballet, that I guess originated in China,” said Otto Vejsada, SVP Chief Engineer at Bank of America. “It’s beautifully expressed. And you know, the training must be just insanely rigorous for this, because the synchronicity of the whole movement, and I’m just wondering how these folks have to train and how long they’ve been doing it.….It must be incredibly hard.“
The technical aspects of the performance with the digital projection amazed viewers as well.
“I like the way they fused the video on the screen with the live action. They do some very good, like when the characters came down, you saw them miniaturized in the screen and then they came out live. It was very seamless, it was very nice,” said Ledebuhr.
Shen Yun‘s patented digital backdrop allows performers to interact with the changing scenes shown on screen. This way, audience members can travel between stories and time.
One VP of sales enjoyed the divine aspect of the performance.
“The part that I liked was the idea that we lived with God before we lived this life, and we plan to go back,” said Greg LaPorte, vice president of sales and marketing at Sonnet Technologies. “It was a very simple, beautiful message.”
NTD News, San Jose, California