Jennifer Hedgpeth, a public relations and partnership manager at The Press Democrat, attended a Shen Yun performance with members of three generations of her family, at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco.
“It was just lovely it was mesmerizing,” said Hedgpeth. “It was so colorful and not a beat was missed. I loved how they would go over those steps and all of a sudden appear on the screen. That was amazing. The placement was so exact. I thought that was amazing and it was just very lovely and harmonious.”
“Oh, I loved it. It was so graceful and acrobatic in different ways, harmonious, musical, melodic,” said Caroline Hedgpeth Fuller, a real estate broker at SoCo Property. “It was awesome.”
“And this combined some knowledge about dance and also history of what they were presenting with precision and grace and beauty. It was lovely,” said Hedgpeth.
Mr. Hedgpeth said the performance showed Chinese traditional culture that is now no longer allowed in China under the current regime. But Shen Yun presented hope.
“I’ve been all over communist China. And I’ve been there at a time when I’ve seen people want to be happier.”
“My big takeaway from this is not only serenity but the love of your people,” said Warren Hedgpeth, principal and design director of Warren Hedgpeth Architects. “This is the great gift, as you’re teaching serenity to those in China, that could be happier.”
Wallace I. Levin, a board of trustees member at The San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, said he was delighted to learn about Chinese history in unique way.
“The performers were superb. And the visual effects were fantastic. You know, I was in the theater business half my life, and the visual effects were really fantastic,” said Levin. “I think education is the key to everything. Knowledge is the key to everything. I think this show does that, very impressed. Icing on my life cake.”
“This show today countered all the poison that I’ve heard during the last year. It was like a counter to it. I feel energized and hopeful that 2019 will be better than 2018. And that the beauty of this show reflects goodness and beauty and hope. ”
NTD News, San Francisco