“Photography is not permitted” says the curtain covering the stage. We take our ever so comfortable seats and eagerly await the start of the performance. An American voice followed by a Chinese translation tells us to turn off our electronic devices, the show is about to begin.
The curtain raises and I draw back my breath, I am in awe. The stage is covered in smoke which slowly transcends into the audience. The orchestra pipes up with beautiful sounding Chinese music intertwined with a Western symphony orchestra, seamlessly merging Eastern and Western cultures together. And then the dancers gracefully begin twirling across the stage, dressed in identical outfits filled with colour. It truly is a feast for the eyes and soul.
Shen Yun performs throughout the world, bringing audiences classic Chinese dance built on 5,000 years of tradition. I watch in admiration at the precision of each dancer on stage – leaping, flipping, spinning in tandem with one another. They are perfectly synchronised to a level I have never seen before. Behind the dancers is a screen which animates each story, transporting the audience from a serene vista to a modern day city and everywhere in between.
The colourful outfits which flow out gracefully at each perfectly choreographed move are a delight for the soul. You can feel the sense of wonder twinkling in everyone’s eyes as the whole audience escapes reality, to be entertained by the stories played out on stage through dance.
Shen Yun is currently on a World Tour, performing across the globe. Tickets aren’t cheap, but if you get a chance, do go and see it. Each year brings an all-new performance of dance, costumes and music. I am already excited to see the captivating show they will put on next year!