Shen Yun ‘Very Professional’ Says Managing Director

April 8, 2011 Updated: April 9, 2011

LONDON—The London Coliseum hosted Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company for its fourth performance on April 8.

John Beeston, managing director of an insurance brokers was excited to see Shen Yun as he has a particular interest in Chinese culture.

Mr. Beeston found the classical Chinese dancing in Shen Yun much better than the dancing he has seen laid on for tourists.

"You could identify with it so much more," he said.

Comprising three touring companies, New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts performed 400 shows in over 100 cities around the world in 2010. Aiming to revive the lost traditional culture of China through classical Chinese dance, music and song, the company has earned its reputation as world class.

"It's very good, very professional. The dancing and timing, it's superb. It's very descriptive, and the scenery is very well done," Mr. Beeston said.

Some of Shen Yun's pieces offer a view of rural China and their traditional culture. Strong images of high-spirited Mongolian horsemen galloping in the dance piece, Herding on The Grasslands, made an impression on Mr. Beeston. "It's very good," he said.

'Magnificent and unique'

Retired lawyer Richard Towner and his partner, hedge fund consultant Mary Sheehan, were also among the delighted audience on Friday.

"Absolutely magnificent. Beautiful," said Mr. Towner after the show.

Ms. Sheehan echoed his feelings, "Absolutely unique. A wonderful evening."

Mr. Towner was eager to see Shen Yun again and will urge his friends to watch it.

"Must go and see it," he said.

Reporting by Shaoying and Rosemary Byfield.

Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will be at The London Coliseum from April 5–10. For more information, visit