LONDON–Among the usual West End crowds spilling out into the warm spring evening on Friday, April 8, was the delighted audience of Shen Yun Performing Arts at the London Coliseum.
Shen Yun Performing Arts showcases classical Chinese dance on its mission to revive China’s true culture. Performing for the fourth night in London, the New York-based company received a standing ovation from many of the audience.
“It’s very colourful, it’s very graceful, its very dynamic, it’s very creative,” said Hallie Swanson, a magazine editor who had come with her husband and son.
“I think its a wonderful introduction to Chinese dance and music. I thought it was a great overview,” she said.
Mrs. Swanson said she was particularly impressed with the art direction and the way the colours were blended. “It worked so wonderfully on a large scale,” she said.
She said that it was very hard to get choreography to work with large groups of dancers doing different things, but said that Shen Yun really pulled it off.
She loved the combination, contrast, and coordination of the different styles of movement. “I thought it was beautifully done, the way you have people do very physical things like tumbling and then very refined graceful smaller movements and how they coordinate all that.”
Her husband, David, said that he echoed her remarks. Their son, who is 16, also said he really enjoyed the performances, and seeing the different aspects of Chinese culture presented in the dances. “Each one is different so it keeps you captivated," he said.
The Swanson family were one of many families who had come to see the performance, which coincided with the first night of school holidays.
Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will be at The London Coliseum from April 5–10. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org