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Shen Yun Continues North America Tour after Christmas

January 02, 2018 |   By Minghui correspondents Zhang Yun and Li Ruoyun

(Minghui.org) Starting on the day after Christmas, the five Shen Yun Performing Arts touring companies performed in the North American cities of Ottawa, Canada; Boston, Massachusetts; Charlotte, North Carolina; Fresno and San Jose, California; and McAllen and San Antonio, Texas.

Shen Yun International Company curtain call at the William Saroyan Theatre in Fresno, CA, December 26, 2017. Both performances on December 26 and 27 played to full houses.

Shen Yun World Company's second performance at the Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston, MA, on December 28. The record arctic weather did not chill the enthusiasm of the full house.

Shen Yun New York Company's sold-out performance at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Canada, on December 29, 2017

Shen Yun International Company at the Center for the Performing Arts in San Jose, CA, on December 29. The company performed four sold-out shows on December 28-30.

“Connects Us to the Divine”

Diana James, author, artist, and former corporate executive, with husband Georgeat the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts on December 30, 2017.

“The performance connected us to the divine using beauty, art, movement, and music,” said Diana James, an author, artist, and former corporate executive.

Shen Yun “gives us a gift” and “refreshes us at a very deep level,” according to Ms. James.

“Very uplifting... A celebration of the divine through beautiful color, beautiful movement, beautiful music, and beautiful dance,” she said.

“It Feels Like We Came Home”

Costume designer Jan Lance (right) and Melissa James at the performance in San Jose, CA, on December 28, 2017.

“You could feel that joyfulness... It was so much fun to watch,” said costume designer Jan Lance.

“We all know that we are spiritual beings, even though some of us cover it up. We all know that’s there, and the show helps us to recognize that. Every piece had a part of the puzzle of spirituality and when you put the whole show together, it feels like we came home,” she said.

“Spectacular” Choreography

Ray Mackley, a director at the Department of National Defence in Canada, with wife Manja at the Shen Yun performance in Ottawa on December 30, 2017

“It was fantastic. I loved every bit of it,” said Ray Mackley, a director at the Department of National Defence in Canada.

“The choreography was spectacular, but what really surprised me was how well they integrated the computer-generated images in the background into the live choreography and the dancing... Just unbelievable,” Mr. Mackley said.

“The stories were very good... They impart a bit of wisdom from the culture, with some lighthearted way of illustrating lessons learned. I found it very enjoyable,” he said.

“Exciting” and “Fascinating”

State Senator Juan 'Chuy' Hinojosa at the Shen Yun performance in McAllen, Texas, on December 29, 2017.

“This is a very beautiful show that I am really enjoying tonight,” said Texas State Senator Juan 'Chuy' Hinojosa. “It is very exciting. I like the music, I like the dancing.

“It is just fascinating to see performances that try to show, through dance, culture that really connects with all of us in terms of life and history,” he said.

“A Pleasure to Look at”

Richard Cooper (right), Maurits C. Boas Professor of International Economics at Harvard University, and George Hoguet, retired portfolio manager, at the Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston on December 29, 2017

“I like it a lot. The dancers, both male and female, are obviously very talented, so it’s a pleasure to look at,” said Richard Cooper, a Maurits C. Boas Professor of International Economics at Harvard University.

“I’m impressed by the [digital backdrop]... It’s marvelous,” he added.

Shen Yun will continue its tour with upcoming performances in San Francisco, CA, January 1–7; Augusta, GA, January 2; Corpus Christi, TX, January 3; and Toronto, Canada, January 3–7. For more information on tickets and dates, please visit http://shenyun.com.