STOCKHOLM—Shen Yun Performing Arts’ 2012 visit to Stockholm concluded on the evening of April 6 to resounding applause and four curtain calls. The Stockholm Circus Arena was filled until the last row with spectators applauding in standing ovation. And from recent impressions of the show, little was to be felt of the sudden snowfall, and the eventual traffic chaos that would evolve a few hours later in the city.
Hans Johansson, a sales manager for an airline in Stockholm, attended Shen Yun together with his wife, Katarina Johansson, who works as a teacher.
Both were fascinated by the New York-based internationally-renowned Shen Yun extravaganza depicting 5,000 years of China’s divinely-inspired traditions in classical Chinese dance and music.
Mrs. Johansson was amazed by the way the hi-tech digital background scenes moved seamlessly with a program at hand. “It’s fascinating with the backdrop combined, and how the dance melted together … Nice variety,” she said.
“It was fantastic, very nice,” Mr. Johansson agreed. “We have never seen it before. We’re really surprised. It’s a wonderful show. Fantastic colors, dancing is exquisite, I really enjoyed it.”
The couple had decided to get tickets upon recommendation of a friend, now both agree they will pass the “enjoyable show” on to their friends.
Mr. Johansson also told how he found it exciting to recognize some regions of China that he had learned while at school, like the Tibetans that are portrayed in the Shen Yun dance Khata for the Gods.
He also commented on how Shen Yun portrayed the traditions of ancient China, as well as some modern day stories of China. “I like the mixture of the historical aspect that they weave in to the modern” and the techniques Shen Yun use to tell a collection of stories.
“We think it is a very good show, it has a lot of variation in it. Very fun, I have never seen it before, it is very exciting,” Mr. Johansson concluded.
Reporting by Mary and Peter Sanftmann
[i]Shen Yun Performing Arts, based in New York, has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world, with a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. Shen Yun Performing Arts International Company will next perform at The London Coliseum, April 12-15.
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