LONDON—Shen Yun Performing Arts, acclaimed as the world's premier classical Chinese dance and music company, gave a matinee performance in London's Coliseum on April 9, as part of its 2011 World Tour.
Many Chinese people were present in the audience, including Mrs. Yeung, originally from mainland China, who saw the show with her daughter and grandchildren. She was treated to the show as a Mother's Day present and travelled from Cambridge to attend.
"The performance was excellent, all the dancers and performers created an atmosphere of storytelling. It presents the history of China," she said.
Mrs. Yeung was beaming as she praised the production. "It was immaculate, the costumes, the theatre special effects were amazing. I had a very good experience."
Also in the audience was Mrs. Chun, a school teacher from mainland China, who invited two of her colleagues to see the show with her. She was moved by scenes dealing with the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners under Communist rule today.
"It's very touching and inspirational. Touching and moving. I think they are very brave. If they do have relatives in mainland China, it's very brave, I admire them," Mrs. Chun said.
Talking of the dancing techniques of the show, she said, "The training is of high standard. It's beautiful and highly disciplined. The costumes are beautiful, the colours are brilliant."
Reporting by Louis Makiello and Raiatea Tahana-Reese.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will perform at The London Coliseum until April 10 and then in The Hague, Netherlands, at the Lucent Danstheater, on April 12 and 14. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org