Marianna Sosic, a sales manager, said she found the show “very nice … colourful” and added the “music is lovely.”
Shen Yun aims to revive the traditional culture of China through dance and the arts, the company says on its website. In doing so, the company draws heavily on Chinese legends and stories that often have a moral lesson accompanying them.
“So far the stories are good; it’s nice to hear about history, actually, to see the interpretation,” Ms. Sosic noted. “The production is very good; well put together video, performance, and dancing.”
The performance includes a visual backdrop that is both filled with movement and interactive, depicting colourful scenes from ancient China, forested landscapes, mountaintops, and others.
“I like the combination of modern and current technology with the traditional dance—it goes very well together,” she said.
But overall, classical Chinese dance—a style considered among the most expressive and comprehensive in the world—is the focal point in each Shen Yun performance, the company says. It also includes an orchestra that joins together Western and Chinese instruments for each piece.
Ms. Sosic said the dancers and the overall performance exude a “calmness” and a “devotion” to their craft.
Reporting by Chin Liang and Jack Phillips.
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