LONDON—Mr. Brian Moore was met with “a new culture of something I have never seen before” at the full house presentation by Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company at the London Coliseum on Friday, April 13.
“Therefore, it was a surprise, exciting,” he said. Mr. Moore is the former owner of several companies in the motor trade and car selling.
“It is just beautiful. It really is a wonderful, a wonderful show,” said the businessman. “I could see it again. Right now.”
He added, “If it came back to England, each time I’ll go to see it again.”
In his opinion Shen Yun was a memorable new experience that he would carry home and remember. “It’s special, there’s nowhere else in London you can see this,” said Mr. Moore.
Shen Yun Performing Arts aspires to revive traditional Chinese culture and bring it to the people of many different countries during their world tour, yet the New York-based company has not yet been allowed inside mainland China.
Mr. Moore said he found that strange. The Shen Yun company not being able go to perform in China is something he will remember. “I was surprised; strange, you couldn’t see that show in China, and yet I can see it here, I can see it in New York, I can see it in other parts, but not in China – that’s something I took from it.”
Business consultant Mrs. Emma Crichton was also among the audience in the London Coliseum. She found Shen Yun to be interesting and was amazed by the dancing.
Watching the performance felt to her like going back in time. “You can imagine them at Chinese court hundreds of years ago,” she said.
She enjoyed the portrayals of past times, and enjoyed the loveliness of the female dancers. “I like the historical aspect of it. The girls are so beautiful, so graceful,” she said.
She also said she liked the spiritual aspects of the show. “I can see why people would find it spiritual, I can understand that. There is a lot of meaning to it because of the history, which is very nice.”
Shen Yun Performing Arts presents ethnic dances, examples of classical dance and costume from different dynasties, and stories from legends and from classic Chinese novels like Journey to the West or Outlaws of the Marsh. It also depicts stories of courage from contemporary China, according to the company website.
Mrs. Crichton said she is horrified by the human rights violations in contemporary China. Speaking of a dance that describes an incident in Tiananmen Square, she said, “we all know what goes on but to depict it in this way was quite an interesting way to do it, to put the message across.”
Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world, with a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. The Sunday matinee on April 15 at the London Coliseum marks the end of Shen Yun’s 2012 European Tour.
For more information visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org