LONDON—In the audience to see Shen Yun Performing Arts at the London Coliseum on Thursday, April 7, were Marie Kwan, a teacher of relaxation classes, and Samir Ishak, a financial director in the construction industry.
In reflecting over 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture and history, New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts also deals with contemporary issues, one dance features the suffering of Chinese people who ask for freedom of belief, but are continually oppressed.
Referring to the dance Our Story, in which a Chinese teacher is persecuted for her beliefs, Ms. Kwan said, “The story of Falun Dafa, I’ve looked at it on the computer, and it’s very interesting.”
“I did classes of Tai Chi and Yoga and I teach relaxation classes, and energy is part of what I share with people, so it’s very interesting,” said Ms. Kwan. “The performers, all have got wonderful meaning and wonderful gestures, and I connect very well with it."
"All the music as well, it’s wonderful, and it’s all connected very well,” she added.
The Shen Yun Touring Company Orchestra combines classical Western and Eastern instruments to create unique and uplifting music.
“I’m very happy—I mean the dancers are superb, the women and the men, they’re really good,” said Mr. Ishak. “The scenery was very nice, and it’s a very good production. Really, we are very happy to be here!”
“It’s nice to know, it’s very nice to know the history as it’s being told,” Ms. Kwan said. “It’s wonderful that this show is in London, and I hope it’s going to be a very successful performance in London.”
Shen Yun Performing Arts is dedicated to reviving the divinely-inspired arts of ancient China. Referring to the fact that it is currently not possible for the show to perform in China, Ms. Kwan said, “I do hope there will be more awakening so that the show goes there as well.”
Reporting by Jingwen Wang and Alan McDonnell.
Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will be at The London Coliseum from April 5–10. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org