Shen Yun Brings 'Sensational' Performance to Bay Area

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Touring over 80 cities and performing more than 300 shows, Shen Yun Performing Arts returns to Bay Area May 15-17 with its breathtaking classical Chinese dance and live orchestral music. Gorgeously costumed dancers move in stunning synchronised patterns and thunderous drums shake the stage. Groundbreaking music combines the mystery of the East with the best of the West.

Shen Yun Spring Tour

I probably have reviewed over three to four thousand shows since 1942. A lot of reviewers use stars, you know, 1 star, 2 stars, 3 stars, 4 stars, 5 stars... I will give this production 5 stars. That's the top.

The Shen Yun Divine Performing Arts, after completing a very successful run at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House and the Flint Center in Cupertino in January, will return to the Bay Area on May 15 - May 17. This time, it will grace the stage of the San Jose Center for Performing Arts in the Bay Area.

Since the last performances in the Bay Area, Shen Yun has toured through East Asia, Europe as well as Australia. The theme of the performance for San Jose is Welcoming Spring and is one of the last series of performances for this season.

On the west coast, Shen Yun had experienced much success in all of the major cities like Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and San Diego. As an encore, Shen Yun Performing Arts decided to come back for a spring west coast tour.

Within the performance contains the five-thousand year history of the Chinese culture through the extremely precise art of classical Chinese dance. Audience members from across the globe exuded that Shen Yun is "perfection," "mind blowing," "stunning," "moved to tears."

Broadway critic Richard Connema said the show is a "5 star" production: "I probably have reviewed over three to four thousand shows since 1942. A lot of reviewers use stars, you know, 1 star, 2 stars, 3 stars, 4 stars, 5 stars... I will give this production 5 stars. That's the top."

Other than dance, Shen Yun also features a blend of Chinese and Western instrumentation as well as a digitally enhanced 3-D backdrop.

Renowned Romanian tenor, Mr. Nedelescu said, "For me this was truly special. I lack words to describe it. One never can truly describe the stories, the entire art in words, or in the way it was presented to the audience. Unique. I'm delighted that I could be present."

Shen Yun seeks to revive traditional Chinese culture that was suppressed under the current Chinese communist state and bring it to the center stage for everyone around the world.

The introduction of traditional Chinese culture to Westerners was an important aspect to an investor in Sydney who feels that it is good that this culture is shown to them. And the meaning of the songs and dances was recognized by an insurance broker who said "It makes you remember the divine part of yourself." Others talked of the importance of seeing a higher power, a sense of the superior, and a sense of peace from watching the performance.

"I think the DPA has an extraordinary spirit and it has touched my heart. I shed tears while watching some of the programs. The original works of the DPA are just marvelous. I can see that they have integrated all beautiful things into one whole and this is a rare find. Their stage costumes and color immersed the audience in a most splendid realm. The combined effects present all genuine compassion and beauty to be found in the human world. They must have worked hard to produce something like this," said Ms. Chih Yiyi, the current E-Ma painter of the Nikko Shrines and Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage in Japan.

See ShenYun at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts Friday, May 15, Saturday May 16 at 7:30pm and Saturday May 16, Sunday May 17 at 2:30pm. Ticketing information at http://www.SFShow.net or 888-569-2009. Special promotion is available for Mother's Day.

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