LONDON—Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company gave its penultimate performance at The London Coliseum on Saturday evening, April 9.
Among the delighted audience were Stella, a solicitor, and Paul, a financial analyst. Paul had bought tickets to see Shen Yun as a birthday gift for Stella.
Both were impressed with the colours and the skill of the dancers. "The colour is amazing. They're very beautiful and very fit people," commented Stella.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts presents traditional Chinese culture from the 5,000 years of Chinese history. A key element of the show is classical Chinese dance, which features groups of disciplined dancers moving in perfect sychronicity.
Stella was impressed with the choreography and the perfection of their dance. "Nobody does anything wrong ever!" she said. "When you've got so many people, it's tough. They must train a lot!" she said.
Paul agreed. "The way they all move together and create the scene is what's most impressive," he said. "I find I like to just contemplate the movement on stage."
Shen Yun takes inspiration from the many regions and ethnic groups of China, and state-of-the-art animated backdrops transport the audience from the Mongolian Plains to the beaches of southern China.
This gave Stella a wonderful impression of the vastness of China and the beauty of its varied landscapes. "I think I would love to visit the country and see all of that," she said.
The scale of the production also left an impression on the couple.
"I don't think we've seen anything like this maybe ever," said Stella.
"Not on this sort of scale, not on this level perhaps, certainly not live," added Paul.
"[It's] a dance and colour extravaganza!" concluded Stella.
Reporting by Chin Liang 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 ShenYunPerformingArts.org