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Average customer review: (2.4 Stars)
Number of reviews: 184
KDdid from Phoenix, Arizona
SECT PROPAGANDA MASQUERADING AS ART
Background: "Falun Gong," a Chinese religious practice, was introduced in 1992 by Li Hongzhi. Shen Yun is simply a collection Falun Gong dogmatic 'finger-pointing,' with (albeit entertaining) interspersed choreographed musical numbers. At best, condescension, at worst, disguised indoctrination.
Julie from Tucson, Arizona
NOT WORTH THE COST
Maybe it was because my seats were on the aisle, maybe my expectations were too high, maybe what they showed in the commercials seemed really impressive, I don't know. My friend and I have wanted to see this for years and we finally accepted the price and got tickets. Again, maybe that anticipation built up our hopes too high. Well, bottom line, we were bored. Dancing, impressive leaps, mind blowing flexibility...None of that! A lot of quick walking and arm movements. The costumes were pretty and they were uniformed in their performance but again, not at all impressive and truly boring. Supposedly the choreography changes every year and maybe this must wasn't their year but I would never invest that ticket price again and take the chance that it could be better next time. I'm sorry for the bad review but we were highly disappointed.
EWD from Winnipeg, MB
The performers were in great shape, but the routines were sort of the same throughout. The show was promoted at China's history, arts and music. I heard NO historic instruments from China. The seat price is three times what the show is worth.
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.
Rae from Minneapolis, Minnesota
A DIFFERENT SIDE
This show was political. The dancers and dance was beautiful, clothes wonderful but the purpose was doubtful. Would not see it again and after some research will not suggest for others to see it.
Sue from St Paul, Minnesota
I have seen great classical Chinese performances by other companies. I expected the same superb quality from Shen Yun, especially for the exorbitant price. Sadly, although I appreciated the instrumentalists and the costumes, most of the dances were unimpressive. The compulsory Falun Dafa propaganda spoiled the show. I have a bad feeling about who is profiting from the ticket sales.
Anonymous from Minneapolis, Minnesota
We were extremely disappointed. This show is NOT about Chinese performing arts, it's about a hidden political and religious agenda that is forced on the audience. My wife and I will never see this show again nor will we ever suggest others to go.
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