The New York-based company brings to the stage glimpses of China’s 5,000-year-old cultural heritage depicted in classical Chinese dance and music designed to reawaken divinely-inspired traditional values for Londoners to enjoy.
“Oh it was fantastic, it was so moving,” said Sharon Hodgson, Member of Parliament for Washington and Sunderland West.
She was particularly moved by the piece called The Choice, where a young couple were separated by fate, but fate also brought them back together.
“I found it really quite emotional … the choice the young man had to make. In the end he chose the girl [over] what he had to stand up against. I found that very moving.”
Integral to Shen Yun are the stories told to reflect right thoughts and actions with a subtle message, such as ‘good is rewarded and evil punished,’ an old Chinese proverb. Heroic legends, ethnic and traditional tales, to modern day China help portray these valuable lessons, according to the company website.
“What I found really interesting is when we were told that all modern dance were based on Chinese traditional dances—I could understand what they meant.
“All dance, [including] gymnastics is all based on Chinese traditional dance and so I found that very fascinating. They were amazing, so talented, very, very talented.”
Ms. Hodgson who is a huge fan of ballet and tap dance and all sorts of modern dancing and could see how they originated from classical Chinese dance.
“You could see all the origins there, and the technique was amazing,” she said.
“I thoroughly enjoyed it, and the costumes were just a visual spectacular, it was just brilliant.”
Shen Yun trademarks include hi-tech digital backdrop scenes that interact seamlessly with the stage performers, transporting audiences to celestial heavens, ancient temples, to wide open prairie, rivers, mountains and seas.
“I thought that was very clever, how you would see them [artists] coming down through the backdrop and then they would just appear, the timing was impeccable! And it was a real surprise the first time it happened, yes it’s great.”
Reporting by NTD Television and Raiatea Tahana-Reese.
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. Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company will perform at The London Coliseum until April 15.
For more information visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org