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Thursday 03 March 2022.

Wednesday 02 March 2022. SHEN YUN live at Hammersmith Apollo. Shen Yun is a brilliant artistic revival and celebration of China’s rich cultural heritage. Each performance consists of about 20 pieces, quickly moving from one legend, region, or dynasty to the next. Themes range from the delicate elegance of Tang court ladies to the battlefield heroics of valiant generals, from the timeless philosophical works of Lao-Tzu to spectacular scenes of magical realms. Some pieces also touch upon the topic of today’s China, shedding light on the oppression many experience for their spiritual beliefs, such as Falun Dafa. These tales of courage are often what audience members find the most touching and uplifting....there will be afternoon matinee shows on some days... The show will include the following.... Stunningly beautiful costumes and dance A cast of award-winning, world-class artists Powerful storytelling that evokes a lost culture State-of-the-art patented backdrop technology A full orchestra with mesmerizing, original scores Since 2007, more than 5,000,000 people in 30 countries on four continents have seen Shen Yun. It is on at this venue from 26 Feb to 13 March. I saw guitar legend BRIAN MAY watching Shen Yun at this venue in 2019. ---------------- The stalls is pretty full tonight, but the circle is 75% per cent unsold. Maybe they will get more in at the weekends, or maybe folks are put off by the high ticket prices. £138 , £119, £99, £89, £75, £62....plus booking fees...yikes! There has been lots of expensive tv advertising for the show over the past fortnight. The show was on for 2 hours 10 mins , over two sets of 60 mins and 70 mins. We have a m/f couple who introduce each segment in English and Mandarin. The first few rows of the venue have been taken out to make way for the orchestra. We have some singing, but it is mainly the orchestra backing the stage routines. Lots of graceful dancing, and stage theatrics from the 30 odd dancers. Lots of very colourful traditional costumes for each segment, and a nice big digital screen. An enjoyable show.