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Average customer review: (2.4 Stars)
Number of reviews: 186
Luisa I. from Toronto, Ontario
WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT!!!
I have always wanted to see Shen Yun and after so many years I finally made it!!! What a disappointment... It is so beautifully advertised!!! I was expecting art and all I got was political and religious propaganda.. You have too see it in order to understand what I am talking about...or better don't.. save yourself some money.. I am not sure how people write amazing reviews about it. 19 themes with little or no connection between them.. praising God knows what God.. anti-communism propaganda.. this is what the show is all about.. it is not art... I am sorry to say it... sorry for the dancers who were really good... I also loved the orchestra... Four Seasons Center of Performing Arts venue is very beautiful... but ... but .. but .. I did not see what they advertised... why do they lie to people??? sooner or later everybody will figure this out... sad.... very sad...
from Chicago, Illinois
FALSE MARKETING AND ADVERTISING/MARGINAL PERFORMANCE
Watched the Spokane WA show 4-13-19. If you watch the trailers for the show, and listen to the interviews of people who watched it, it appears to be one of the most fantastic shows produced. I have watched other Chinese performances that have far outdone this phony, over hyped, over religious performance. I traveled 210 miles and a hotel, plus 100.00 a ticket to see it. The Spokane chamber, the INB center, and anyone else in the Spokane area that promoted this should be ashamed of themselves. I will always second guess their judgement for performances I travel to now, and look for other venues. My 23 year old girl fell asleep during the performance, and I never heard the crowd so quiet when leaving one. Who is profiting from this? Two stars might be generous, but I allow it for effort and costume, not creativity or talent. And please, someone take those two monotone MC's off stage, and get rid of the so called bass singer. I would not travel to see this show, nor pay 50.00 per.
Ctjed from Hartford, Connecticut
BORED OUT OF MY MIND
Leaping, swirling, colorful costumes, lots of scarves. Repeat the formula again and again ... , intermixed with anti Communist propaganda. In comparison to Cirque du Soleil, these guys are amateurs. Advertising promises a performance that will touch your soul. The only thing touched was my wallet.
Patrice from Costa Mesa, California
I WANT MY MONEY BACK!
I was so excited to see Shin Yun after watching the commercials each year. I couldn’t wait to watch the dancers fly through the air effortlessly. Mannnn was I so disappointed. I spent $230 on two tickets only to walk out during the intermission and we were not the only ones that left. I gave 2 stars for the female dancers and their costumes. Yes the female’s costumes were gorgeous and bursting with color, but after the first 45 mins, I was bored. I kept waiting and hoping the show to “pickup”. I kept waiting for the excitement the commercials gave me every time I saw them. Nothing of the kind happened for me! The best part was the female dancers in their beautiful costumes but even they seem to run out of steam or repeat many of same moves with each scene. There were no surprises and no climatic moments. The male dancers were totally boring and performed a lot of backflips across the stage like gymnasts. Definitely not worthy of $130 per ticket. The CGI screen was actually cool but not attention grabbing enough to keep me interested for 2 hours. For each scene, they had narrators come out and tell you the story of what you were about to see next. I found this constant interruption weird and disruptive. You don’t need a narrative when you go to the opera which is often in another language. Whyyyyyy do they think we need an explanation for each of the approx. 20 dance sequences. Obviously, the outtakes they use for the commercials wasn’t the show I just watched. I've read they create a new show each year, but whomever created today’s show has nowhere near the vision and exciting choreography shown in the commercials. This was not my cup of tea, not at all the high level of artistry I was expecting and unfortunately an expensive lesson learned.
Mad Sto from Madison, Wisconsin
PRETTY COSTUMES AND THEN, NOT MUCH
Repetitive. More regimented than skilled or artistic. The first 20 minutes were lovely, but it never got better. We left at intermission.
Fluffy Wondertuffs from Ottawa, Ontario
An extremely expensive but mercifully short show by a ballet group that bills itself as "the world's premier classical Chinese dance and music company." Deceptively these aren't members of Falun Gong but instead recycled, cell phoned, footloose members of the "out of work" dancers guild of the Juilliard school in New York City. They were nicely costumed, accompanied by an "Eastern Pop" Symphony Orchestra, backed by "out of date" stage props complete with dry ice and further backed by a seemingly bottomless publicity budget. About the most exciting thing was the silver-haired bat (native to eastern Ontario) that was flying around Southam Hall during the first half of the show. The unfortunate rodent was later driven out of the premises by the shrill, Dolly Parton on Helium musings of a wobbly soprano dutifully forcing out a 50 word religious song. In a 2012 statement, the Chinese embassy in Washington issued a warning to Americans who might have been swayed by all the Shen Yun posters that appear annually in almost every conceivable urban location in our major cities. Well, if the all powerful, organ harvesting, 5G network meddling Chinese government is so affected by this show I think perhaps we should heed their ominous warning before we fork out the $160CDN per ticket .
John Buchser from Santa Fe, nm
Albuquerque two years ago. Our local orchestras are much better. They have multiple sets of performers and orchestras, some may be better. They were clear they were presenting 'a perspective' of China. Having lots of performers of mediocre quality is not the way to impress the public. Some of the costuming interesting. Astounding amount of TV advertising in advance. Granted that I'm spoiled by high quality events in Santa Fe including world-class opera. Shen Yun might be interesting if you live in a very small town with no alternatives.
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