LONDON—Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company opened its run of West End performances to a delighted audience in London on Tuesday, April 5.
Among the enthusiastic audience was "Big Scott" Travers, a radio personality who had travelled the 130 miles from Cardiff to see the show in London.
He said the performance was once again “fantastic”, having seen it for the first time last year in The Cardiff Millennium Centre.
“They make it look so easy!” he said, commenting on the flexibility, strength, and control of the dancers.
Classical Chinese dance is Shen Yun’s hallmark, accompanied by a live orchestra that combines Chinese and Western instruments with original melodies.
Mr. Travers described how effective the music was in evoking different moods and emotions. “Some of the tunes were quite haunting,” he said. He was also impressed with soprano Liang Biru. “Some of the notes she hit were amazing!”
Accompanying Mr. Travers was his co-presenter Leanne Lennox, who was delighted with the humour she found in the dance Little Mischievous Monks in which young Buddhist monks get up to playful antics while the Abbot is away.
Actor Jamie Cho said that the performances were fantastic and the dances beautiful. “The dancers were great. The two singers were amazing—the tenor and the soprano.” He was also particularly taken by the performance on the two stringed erhu.
“I had a great time,” Mr. Cho said.
Mr. Cho is an actor from London who has worked on various projects including The Dark Knight, Die Another Day, and Eastenders.
Shen Yun’s mission is to revive the traditional Chinese culture that was all but lost under communist rule, bringing audiences an experience of sublime beauty.
Shen Yun Performing Arts will be at The London Coliseum from April 5–10. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org