Photographic Artist: Shen Yun is ‘Elegant, Expressive’

April 9, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015

Artist, photographer and business consultant Rupert Davis at Shen Yun Performing Arts in London, on April 9. (Courtesy of SOH Radio Network)
Artist, photographer and business consultant Rupert Davis at Shen Yun Performing Arts in London, on April 9. (Courtesy of SOH Radio Network)
LONDON—The visual splendour of Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company was appreciated by artist, photographer and business consultant Rupert Davis, on Saturday night, April 9, at The London Coliseum.

He loved the show and its varied colours and dance.

“I liked the green in the Mongolian [dance]. I really liked the field of gold, the kind of sunshine in one of the ladies' dances. … I love the colours.”

Mr. Davis enjoyed the digital backdrop where the landscapes, palaces and cities of ancient and modern China are rendered in three dimensions and where celestial beings travel through space to link heaven and earth. “I like that idea, I like the stories. And I love the scenery, the set,” he said.

He thought the show expanded his understanding of traditional Chinese culture.

Of his work, he said, “I'm a photographic artist so I have exhibitions and a book.” Perhaps he chose a book for the way it shows, in visual form, the ancient art of storytelling and moving through time.

Hosted in both English and Chinese, each program is given a brief introduction, enabling Westerners and Chinese alike to better understand the nuances of Chinese culture.

“I think the hosts also come across very well. It's nice that they explain what each dance is about. I enjoy the elegance and the story telling of the dance.

“Love it! As I said, elegant, expressive. Very good.”

He said he would describe Shen Yun as “very relaxing, almost soothing in some ways, as well as being interesting and entertaining.”

Reporting by SOH Radio Network and Damian Robin

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