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Shen Yun Performing Arts Reviews

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Average customer review: 2.5 star rating (2.7 Stars)

Number of reviews: 113

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1.5 star rating AvidTheatreLover from Charlotte, North Carolina

AN UNINTENTIONAL UNFUNNY CHINESE MONTY PYTHON EXPERIENCE

The use of a massive background movie screen showing cartoon characters literally bouncing around during a series of repetitive dance routines, 5000 years of Chinese history is not. I kept thinking a Monty Python type cartoon character of God was going to pop up and make some farcical statement to us. The male and female MC's were uninteresting and boring while constantly referring back to their Falun Gong religion - which this show is essentially all about, and which no mention is made prior to arriving. I am not accustomed to having to Google and verify a ballet performance prior to attending it, but after this experience, I realize I will now have to do so. There were a couple musical pieces that helped avoid making this a total waste of time and money. We have attended and enjoyed ballet, opera, comedy, plays over the last 30 years - Over all this was simply awkward and unimaginative with few bright spots - none of which came close to the quality of past theatre experiences.

1.0 star rating Jessica Price from Chicago, Illinois

WOW, BUT NOT FOR THE RIGHT REASONS.

First, I'd like to point out the preponderance of positive reviews that so not appear to be written by native English speakers, which, after last night's show, leaves me reply suspicious about their authenticity. If that sounds a bit paranoid, you'll have to forgive me, but I just saw sat through three hours of what amount to a lot of twirling and backflips interspersed with horrendously pointed religious propaganda all set before an underwhelming projection to unintentionally comical effect. I'm annoyed that my mother forked over $300 for tickets and that my sister flew in from out of state for something that ended up being not what was advertised. Light on culture, heavy on propoganda. This was perhaps most directly evidenced by the young man holding the banner proclaiming, "Falun Gong is Good".

1.0 star rating Alberto Silva from Miami, Florida

SHEN YUN

I never expected to see such a bad show at the Arsh Center. I hope Shen Yun is erased from 2019 programming and on. This show have almost no artistic quality and does not reflect the exquisite Chinese culture. Besides that, the spectator is subjected to an undesired religious propaganda. I attended the show with seven other family members and we all have the same opinion.

1.0 star rating Asian American (4th Generation American) from Seattle, Washington

FAKE CHINESE FOR A WHITE CROWD. READ THIS REVIEW.

What they aren't telling you is that Shen Yun is the primary financial income for a Chinese cult. The dance routines are definitely not authentic. It's easy to see modern ballet moves and typical dance routines. The costumes are not authentic. They're made to Ooh and Ahh the gringos with lots of flowing sleeves and bright colors. There is usually only one Chinese instrument playing at a time being accompanied by several musicians playing violins and other modern instruments to provide it's western appeal. My first red flag was the noticeable absence of any Chinese in the audience. The second red flag was the constant reference to their god and how he ascended from heaven. The third red flag were all the volunteers at the exit doors trying to get you to give them written and video testimonials for use as marketing materials for future shows. As I discovered later, this show is a blatant fund raiser for a Chinese Religious Cult. We Americans are gullible and easily duped.

1.0 star rating Jim from New York, New York

FOREIGN POLICY MAGAZINE:FOOTLOOSE AND FALUN GONG

‘Shen Yun’, a performing arts company founded in 2006, gradually expanded over the years and their tours around the world are in the name of traditional Chinese culture, but have been controversial in China. It is regarded as a microphone of ‘Falun Gong’ in China, engaged in the anti-government propaganda. After viewing the performance of ‘Shen Yun’, some audiences in western country assumed that it carried a rude political motive with a low artistic level. “After the intermission, everything was crystal clear. Shen Yun is nothing more than a podium for Falun Dafa/Falun Gong.” On March 26, 2017, Michael Duell, a reader from Phoenix, Arizona, wrote a letter to azcentral.com after watching the show, which referred to ‘Falun Gong’ Shen Yun perform was a deceptive show, and argued that Shen Yun was behind the show, and the so-called art director, was the leader of ‘Falun Gong’, Hongzhi Li with an alias of D.F.. He said: “After the intermission, everything was crystal clear. Shen Yun is not

1.0 star rating Rebecca C from New York, New York

DON’T BOTHER

Only one dance kept my attention. Found myself wanting to leave a few minutes in but stayed because my daughter was so excited to see it and I didn’t want to ruin her day. The religious aspect was in your face and annoying. The dancing was only okay.

1.0 star rating Whitney from Norfolk, Virginia

HOKEY AND BORNING

Despite the orchestra’s beautiful sound, the Shen Yun performance was very hokey and boring. Backdrops were juvenile and rinky dink, felt like a romper room performance. All of the dances were the same and not impressive at all. We expected a much better show, especially considering the cost. We barely made it to the intermission so we could leave. Wish there was a process to request refunds. Lesson learned.

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