Shen Yun

Actor Martin Freeman: ‘You just know when you see good performances’

BY John Smithies TIMEFebruary 16, 2018 PRINT

LONDON, UK—“Sherlock” and “Fargo” actor Martin Freeman said he was “very impressed” by Shen Yun on its opening night at London’s Dominion Theatre.

The British actor, who most recently featured in the movie “Black Panther,” said he loved both the music and the skillfulness of the dancers.

“I like seeing people do things that I can’t do, and everyone on that stage could do things that I couldn’t do,” Freeman said.

The classical Chinese dance and music company was set to perform just 10 shows at the Dominion—the first time it has appeared at the venue. But when those shows sold out, the company added another four shows.

Shen Yun was founded in 2006 with a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture through the arts. Five touring companies travel the world, performing in Europe, Asia, South America, and North America simultaneously.

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Martin Freeman. (Si Gross/Epoch Times)

Freeman said, “Watching professional dancers from a background that I’m not familiar with, like classical Chinese dance, it was lovely to see that skill on show, it was very beautiful.”

The actor is noted for playing Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s adaptation of “The Hobbit” and Arthur Dent in “The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy,” among many other starring roles.

He said he attended the Shen Yun performance with his daughter and they were both “riveted”.

“It held us for two hours and that’s a good thing!” he said.

He added he was especially impressed with the quality of the performances.

“You just know when you see good performances. It’s commitment and it’s skill!”

Shen Yun is performing at the Dominion Theatre until Sunday, Feb. 25 but will return to the UK in May for performances in Birmingham and Edinburgh.

Reporting by NTD Television.

With five touring companies performing simultaneously around the world, New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts aims to revive China’s nearly lost traditional performing arts and time-honored values.

The Epoch Times, considering Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time, has proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.

John Smithies
A journalist for The EpochTimes based in London. These views are firmly my own.
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