LONDON—Colin and Melanie Raizon were among the delighted audience members at Shen Yun Performing Arts' final show at the London Coliseum on Sunday afternoon, April 10.
Mr. Raizon, a financial adviser, was impressed with the athleticism and flexibility of the dancers. "I just find that absolutely amazing the things they were able to do," he said.
"Yes, we love it," said his wife Melanie, a solicitor, describing the show as "really spectacular".
A hallmark of New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts is classical Chinese dance, a centuries-old and highly expressive dance form that embodies the essence of Chinese culture.
Mr. Raizon thought that dance was a perfect way to introduce Chinese culture. "I think it's a wonderful way to portray it," he said. "I have read about Chinese history, but I think dance is very able to express things, and I think it expresses quite well the culture and the history."
Throughout the show, groups of perfectly synchronised dancers evoke the splendour of past dynasties, the characteristics of China's ethnic groups, and the wonder of celestial worlds.
"The choreography, I think, is incredible, some of the formations they get into," said Mr. Raizon. "It’s obviously been very professionally choreographed. I guess they have spent an amazing amount of time practising to get it right."
Mrs. Raizon enjoyed the humour in some of the story-based dances, such as Little Mischievous Monks and The Monkey King Outwits Pigsy.
She also admired the costumes and way modern technology had been used to enhance the performance and story-telling. Shen Yun's high-tech animated backdrops take the audience on a tour of China and interact with the performers on stage.
"It’s just so unusual, I’ve never seen anything like it before," she said. "The people coming in and out. I think that’s just wonderful."
Both said they would come and see Shen Yun again.
Reporting by He Bin and Kat Piper.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will next perform in The Hague, Netherlands, at the Lucent Danstheater, on April 12 and 14. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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