LONDON—Countess Pillet-Will and Mr. Thomas Matthew found Shen Yun Performing Arts to be an uplifting and spiritual experience on Thursday night.
They came to see the performance in the Barbican Centre, London—the second destination for the Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company during its European tour.
The Countess, who has worked for many years in theatre, fashion, and design, previously worked with theatre director Pierre Jourdan of the Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne in France.
“If he had been here tonight he would have been absolutely thrilled by every detail of the show,” she said.
According to the Shen Yun website, the essence of traditional Chinese culture includes values like benevolence and justice, propriety, and wisdom that stem from teachings such as Buddhism and Daoism; however, almost all such values were lost in recent decades in China under communist rule.
The mission of Shen Yun is to revive this 5,000-year-old divinely inspired culture of China.
Both the Countess and her friend, Mr. Matthews, were deeply impressed by the performance’s spiritual core.
“To see something with such a strong spiritual message was an absolute joy in this age of decadence,” said the Countess.
Mr. Matthews, who works as a consultant in the communications and law industry, felt that Shen Yun was something very positive and “something which lifts the heart”.
He was also highly impressed by every aspect of the production, including Shen Yun’s state-of-the art digital backdrops.
“It was most enjoyable, beautiful, excellent! The performers were second to none, the artists, the colours, were spectacular, and the mix between them and the film on the screen was the best I’ve ever seen,” he said.
Reporting by Chin Liang and Jane Gray.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will be performing in Barbican Theatre through March 9. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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