Shen Yun Performing Arts delighted renowned Bollywood dancer and choreographer Honey Kalaria so much last year that she booked tickets for this year’s first London performance on Tuesday, March 5.
“I couldn’t get enough, so I’m back again!” she said. “It’s been absolutely wonderful as always; lots of energy, gracefulness, beautiful choreography as always.”
Shen Yun each year produces an all-new performance, something not lost on Honey who said she loved seeing new themes, new ideas, new costumes, colours, and new projections on the digital backdrop that accompany each performance.
At the heart of a Shen Yun performance lies classical Chinese dance, a comprehensive system of dance, passed down and enriched through China’s 5,000 years of civilization.
As a dancer, Honey said she was highly impressed with the standard of the dancers, their professionalism, and how well polished their performances were.
“As a dancer personally, I would recommend the show to not just dancers, performers, creative people, but to audiences from all cultural backgrounds.”
In addition to the mainstay of dance display, Shen Yun also includes two or three world-class Chinese Bel Canto style singers.
Honey said that she loved the singers, and particularly enjoyed the inclusion of a translation of the lyrics on the screen behind. She said that this was characteristic of the care that went into the performance to ensure that people can really understand what is happening on stage.
She said her family, having seen the performance last year, were all hoping to catch Shen Yun this week. She says that Shen Yun performances really get people hooked on classical Chinese dance and performing arts.
Honey praised the performance for not just entertaining, but also educating the audience.
“The real essence of Chinese culture brought to audiences in a very, very entertaining manner which educates people. I’m going to go back to learn about Chinese culture.”
Honey says that dancing in general is about much more than the physical aspects and physical movements. “It’s about mind, body and soul,” she says. With Shen Yun, that inner meaning of the dance movements comes across very strongly to the audience, she said.
“You see this wonderful spiritual aspect that comes through the dance, there’s a beautiful meaning behind it. There are fantastic themes that are brought to the audiences, which I think is beautiful for people to go back with.”
“I’ll be back again here next year to watch Shen Yun the third time round!”
Reporting by NTD Television and Simon Veazey.
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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