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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.
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".
Alberto Silva from Miami, Florida
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.
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.
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
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
Rebecca C from New York, New York
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.
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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