LONDON—Warm applause rippled through the London Coliseum as the curtain rose on Shen Yun Performing Arts fifth performance in the West End on April 9, as the audience responded to the beauty of the opening scene.
The Saturday matinee performance delighted the audience, some of whom could be seen wiping tears from their eyes.
Among those spilling out of the theatre into the exceptionally warm and crowded spring day were teacher Helga and landscape gardener Jeremy, who had come to see the show together. They both loved Shen Yun.
Helga said that she had never seen anything like it before. “It was a brilliant performance,” she said. “It was very inspiring. A lot of work has gone into it and a lot of experience as well.”
She said that the spiritual aspect of traditional Chinese culture was portrayed very well in the programme, saying she particularly liked the dance Mischievous Monks, which is set in a Buddhist monastery.
Shen Yun’s mission is to revive China’s true cultural tradition through classical Chinese dance. Its programme includes dances inspired by classic Chinese novels and legends.
Helga said that she liked the spirituality and humour in the the dance The Monkey King Outwits Pigsy, which is inspired by perhaps the best known classical Chinese novel, Journey to the West.
Her companion Jeremy said the performances as a whole were captivating, and that he loved the way they danced in formation.
They both said that they would love to watch the show again.
Reporting by Louis Makiello and Simon Veazey
Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company will be at The London Coliseum from April 5–10. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org