Shen Yun Performing Arts Receives a Rousing Welcome to Europe

Carrying banners, heart-shaped postcards, and Ferrero Rocher bouquets, fans gathered for the arrival of Shen Yun Performing Arts at the London’s Gatwick airport on Jan. 6.

“[Shen Yun] shows the purity of the ancient culture of China. It brings back to life, those values that we’ve maybe forgotten a bit,” said Carina Depelean, who has seen the performance in previous years.

“Ancient Chinese culture is so full of beauty and wisdom and virtue, and I think we can all learn so much from it, it’s amazing,” said Victoria Ledwidge, who came to greet the performers. “The dancers are the most incredible athletes, they literally fly across the stage, and the backdrop is breathtaking, and the costume and the music it transports you to another world.”

According to its website, the heart of Shen Yun is classical Chinese dance, which was passed down continuously within the imperial palace and ancient Chinese theater. The live orchestra performs original pieces to go along with the 20 vignettes of classical Chinese dance, folk dance, story-based dances the artists perform on stage.

This year the company marks the thirteenth year that the performance has toured Europe. Their first stop is south of London, at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking from Jan. 8 to 10, with three sold-out performances.

“Classical Chinese dance has a history of thousands of years, and it is said to be descended from the heavens,” said principal dancer Vantanai Sae-Li. “[Classical Chinese dance] incorporates many Chinese values, portrayed using postures and movements. It is special because it also includes acting elements and a plethora of tumbling techniques.”

“Our melodies are flowing and fluid and very much in coordination with what’s happening on the stage,” said Trumpeter Eric Robins.

“Every year it’s new, every year it’s exciting … there’s a lot of laughing, there’s the whole spectrum, crying, laughing, you name it, it’s all there.”

NTD News, London

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