Shen Yun is a ‘Reminder of the Great History of China’

April 9, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015

(L to R) John Smith, Sarah Smith, Leesa Fogarty and Jean-Marie Siaud at Shen Yun Performing Arts in London. (He Bin/The Epoch Times)
(L to R) John Smith, Sarah Smith, Leesa Fogarty and Jean-Marie Siaud at Shen Yun Performing Arts in London. (He Bin/The Epoch Times)
LONDON—A group of young professionals appreciated Shen Yun Performing Arts for its perfect introduction to Chinese culture, when they saw the performance at the London Coliseum on Sunday, April 10.

"We are planning to move to Hong Kong, so for us it was really exciting because it’s an insight into Chinese culture and I think the dances were spectacular," said Leesa Fogarty, vice president of operations for Asia Pacific and Northern Europe at Augure, a reputation management company.

She praised the skill and beauty of the female dancers. "It made me feel like I should be more like them, because they have such grace and elegance." She also admired the precision of the male dancers: "The movements were so precise; they were very well practised, very well rehearsed."

In a collection of short classical Chinese dances, songs, and solo music performances, New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts brings to life the 5,000-year-old divinely-inspired Chinese culture. Each piece is given a short introduction by two bilingual emcees.

"I didn’t know anything about Chinese dance … , so I really like it, and I think it’s a really great show," said Jean-Marie Siaud, a business analyst for the travel review website Trip Advisor. "I like the fact that it was not one long story but they explain before each story the context and everything, so it was really good."

Sarah Smith, a marketing manager, agreed. "The little stories at the beginning just to give us the meaning of the performance was very well thought through," she said.

"I think it was exciting and colourful, and I felt good watching this performance," she continued. "It gave a great and beautiful message."

Shen Yun is known for its colourful and original handmade costumes inspired by the many dynasties, regions, and ethnic groups of China.

"I think the costumes were extremely impressive," said John Smith, who works in a bank. "It was a very impressive technical performance on the music side, in terms of the costumes, the movements, and I think it’s a reminder of the great history of China which stands back 5,000 years."

Reporting by He Bin and Kat Piper

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will next perform in The Hague, Netherlands, at the Lucent Danstheater, on April 12 and 14. For more information, visit

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