Shen Yun ‘Had a lot of heart’

April 9, 2011 Updated: April 10, 2011

LONDON—Carrie and Francesco flew all the way from Dublin to see Shen Yun Performing Arts at The London Coliseum on Saturday evening, April 9.

They were very pleased they did. "I thought it was beautiful," said Carrie, an events manager. "The dancers were phenomenal, absolutely brilliant."

"I really enjoyed it a lot," said Francesco, a stage manager.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts present the 5,000 years of divinely-inspired Chinese culture through classical Chinese dance, music, and song.

Carrie liked the fact that Shen Yun has a strong theme running throughout the show. "[Shen Yun] portrayed a lot of what the feeling is of Chinese people, so it had a lot of heart in it as well. It told a story, and once you can feel heart and soul in a story then people listen to it," she said.

Both Carrie and Francesco were impressed with the dance Plum Blossom, where the dancers move in formations with fans to evoke the blossoming of the plum trees. Plum blossoms are a classic symbol of hope in traditional Chinese culture, with their pink flowers at the end of winter bringing the unfailing promise of spring.

"[It] was technically fantastic, very, very good. And the sequences, and the plums—how they flowed together, especially the bit at the end where they did a wave. It was just very, very good," said Carrie.

The unique Shen Yun Touring Company Orchestra takes a classical Western orchestra and adds new dimensions with the addition of traditional Chinese instruments, such as the erhu, also known as the Chinese violin.

Carrie described the music as very relaxing, saying it set the tone for the whole show. "I just feel very relaxed; it just puts you in the spirit of things," she said.

A favourite with Shen Yun audiences around the world is the solo erhu performance, which Carrie agreed with.

"The violinist, the two-stringed violinist [erhu soloist], was tremendous, absolutely fantastic," said Carrie.

Reporting by Chin Liang and Kat Piper.

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