Designer Admires Shen Yun’s Animated Backdrops

April 7, 2011 Updated: April 8, 2011

LONDON—Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company’s animated backdrops caught the eye of designer Nasheed Shariat at the London Coliseum on Thursday, April 7.

"I really love it, absolutely loved it. Beautiful performance," Ms. Shariat said. "I really, really think the colours, everything including the colours, is enjoyable—really like it."

Ms. Shariat, who travels extensively, said, "I think this is just one of the best [shows] I have seen."

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts use state-of-the-art projected backdrops to set the scene and interact with the performers.

"There is something in the background which I really like," said Ms. Shariat. "And the way people come into the stage and disappear is fantastic."

"I was thinking how cleverly it was done—when people can fly and jump, disappear and appear."

Ms. Shariat also liked the costumes, which are inspired by the many regions, dynasties, and ethnic groups of historical China.

Dancers are accompanied by the Shen Yun Performing Arts Orchestra that combines classical Western and Eastern instruments to produce a unique sound.

"The music is also very, very interesting," said Ms. Shariat. "I obviously had [a] different concept in my mind about Chinese art and music, and this is very different, very pleasant, very easy to listen to."

Accompanying Ms. Shariat to the show was Tahiri, a medical doctor from Iran. He said the performance was fascinating. "We both absolutely admired it; really enjoyed it very much."

Reporting by Jingwen Wang and Kat Piper.

Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will be at The London Coliseum from April 5–10. For more information, visit