QUERETARO, Mexico—Alfredo Espinoza Leal is the director of the Querétaro Congress Center (QCC) and he has seen productions come in and out of his venue but Shen Yun Performing Arts is incredible and one of the most unique that he has seen.
And he wants it to come back and perform again.
“We are delighted to present this performance of such world-class caliber,” Mr. Espinoza Leal said.
“We have had the opportunity in this theater to receive many shows but none like this one, so well produced, so complete, showing us a culture that we do not know much about in Mexico,” he said.
Shen Yun is based in New York and the company strives to present an authentic China in her glory before communism.
“Having the performance here I think it is a way of opening up to the world, it is a way for Querétaro to receive other ways of thinking, another culture,” he said.
“It is showing us a spectacular China. It is an incredible performance that pleases the cultured Querétaro people. All the [Shen Yun] performances we have had in this theater have been sold out,” he said.
“It gives us great pleasure because the theater is nourished with positivity.”
This season marks the third time that Shen Yun has performed in Querétaro and following such a great turnout at the venue, Mr. Espinoza Leal expressed his wish for the company to return again next year.
“I hope we start to form a schedule as soon as possible. I hope that the production, its artists, feel welcome in Querétaro. We are a city and a people that like to welcome our visitors with warmth. I hope that the artists really want to return because here we are delighted to receive them,” he said.
As the director of the venue, Mr. Espinoza Leal gets to see the artists behind the scenes.
“Yesterday I was watching the girls stretch here in the lobby. You see the professionalism, you see their commitment, you see the quality and the warmth that they have. As director of the QCC, the truth is that I have very few opportunities to see the professionalism of an entire company. I am very grateful to them for considering us in their coming to Mexico.”
He applauded Shen Yun for its wonderful combination of classical Chinese dance and the use of patented projection technology that allows the artists to travel to any place imaginable.
“Combining the dance, this culture, along with the latest technology—it is an extraordinary combination. It is something worth experiencing,” he said.
“I always invite everyone to attend wherever Shen Yun is because each performance is different.”
Many of the venues that plan to welcome Shen Yun receive letters of intimidation from the Chinese Communist Party. The letters contain threats of severing business ties or other interests to the venue but fortunately, fewer and fewer venues bend to such tactics.
“Fortunately I did not receive the letter personally, we did not receive it at this venue, but I believe that everyone has the right to express themselves. We in Mexico are very open to receiving any situation but we are also free to make our decisions,” Mr. Espinoza Leal said.
“I believe that at no time are we doing anything against anyone. On the contrary, we are showing a great performance with this production, nothing to do with politics. It is to show another culture and to know China, and I really invite you to see it so that you realize how spectacular it is.”
Reporting by Yawen Hung and Maria Han.