Shen Yun ‘Dances were very fluid’

April 8, 2011 Updated: April 10, 2011

LONDON–Actuary Harold Clark and his wife Hannah enjoyed the Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company show at The London Coliseum on Friday evening, April 8.

Mr. Clark, an actuary in the field of insurance mathematics, was impressed by the dancing and said he liked the music because it was different to anything he had heard before.

The New York-based Shen Yun presents a revival of the 5,000-year-old divinely-inspired cultural heritage of China through classical Chinese dance, songs, and an orchestra that blends Chinese and Western music traditions in a masterful fusion.

“I like the costumes, very vibrant,” said Hannah. “And the dances were very fluid, very skilful.”

Hannah liked the Yi dance featuring the charm and character of China’s southern Yi ethnic group.

The Yi people are a very diverse group spread out from the lowlands to the mountainous areas. They are known for their colourful clothing, which was very well exemplified in the dance. The traditional ethnic-style dance My Beloved Yi Village featured complex footwork and intricate formation changes.

Mr. Clark said he particularly enjoyed the dances by the male dancers because they were very athletic.

Reporting by Mary Mann and Ron Champagne.

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