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Riverdance Producer John McColgan: Shen Yun’s ‘Standard of the performers was terrific’

Posted by Author on March 27, 2011

DUBLIN—“The dance is very elegant and very athletic, very skilled … it’s a pleasure to watch,” said Mr. John McColgan, who attended the final of three Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company performances at The Convention Centre in Dublin on Sunday, March 27.

Mr. McColgan is a founding director of Tyrone Productions, an independent television production company, and chairman of Today FM radio station. He is perhaps best known for his key role in the evolution of Riverdance. In recognition of his services to the arts and entertainment industry, Mr. McColgan received an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the National University of Ireland in 2003.
“I am enjoying it enormously; I haven’t seen a major Chinese show before,” said Mr. McColgan. “It’s nice to get a sense of the 5,000 years of history … you can feel the emotion and storytelling from an ancient culture, so it is very entertaining, very enjoyable.”

Mr. McColgan said he was deeply impressed with the dancers and their skills. “The dance is very elegant and very athletic, very skilled … it’s a pleasure to watch,” he said.

Another facet of the show that impressed him was the digital backdrop.

“The projection is terrific, it’s really lovely. Each scene has a different location, so that’s very enjoyable,” he said.

“I think the scene with the teacher and the girls and the police was very enlightening … the music is excellent, the orchestra, the girls are beautiful and the costumes are wonderful.”

Mr. McColgan was referring to scenes from the Shen Yun performance depicting the persecution of practitioners of Falun Gong, a traditional spiritual practice that is extra-legally banned by China’s authoritarian regime. A couple of the dances depict life in contemporary China, where freedom of expression and belief is violently suppressed.

“I think the standard of the performers was terrific; they were wonderful, skilled dancers, wonderful tenor and soprano.”

“All in all it was a very entertaining and uplifting couple of hours. I think each dance is beautiful on its own. It was very enjoyable to experience. All the women are very beautiful and elegant. The orchestra was wonderful, and the Chinese instruments were wonderful,” concluded Mr. McColgan.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit

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