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12 - 21 Jan 2018

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Number of Reviews: 49
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44 of 60 people found the following review helpful:
God-awful awful,
Feb 23, 2014
reviewer: from Providence RI
You'd have to experience it, to accept how numb this affair is. Mix equal portions of dance from any classic Broadway production (Oklahoma!, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers) with the spirit of Dan Akalroyd's old SNL "Bad Theater" with.... nope, the words fail. Try this... The absolute best Cirque de Soleil performance you've ever seen, translated into Saturday morning made for TV cartoons...and you have to sit through two hours. A "traditional ethnic dance" called "Mongolian Chopsticks"??


Don't get me started...
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1189 of 2361 people found the following review helpful:
Shen Yun,
Feb 16, 2014
reviewer: 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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1222 of 2427 people found the following review helpful:
An unintentional unfunny Chinese Monty Python experience,
Jan 29, 2014
reviewer: from Charlotte, North Carolina
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.
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41 of 56 people found the following review helpful:
Duped into paying to watch propaganda,
Jan 24, 2014
reviewer: from Vancouver, British Columbia
Not worth $. Misleading ads: it's sponsored by Falun Dafa. Despite my belief in the value of freedom of religion, the overwhelming impression made on me was I was duped into paying to watch propaganda. Feeling deceived does not make one more sympathetic to their cause. Were the glowing reviews in the ads genuine? Was the constant smile plastered on the face of the white emcee genuine? Maybe his fixed smile was natural, which would make it creepy. Neon costumes & cartoony video backdrop added to the artificiality. Soprano's ├╝ber wide vibrato & proselytising lyrics were cringe-worthy. The emcee popped onto stage to say something like: Wasn't that wonderful? We need an encore from her! Another uncomfortable point, he asked the audience to repeat in Chinese, "I love Shen Yun." Dance was OK in a repetitive & Disney-esque way & at least they had a live orchestra, but not worth $. Unless you wanted to pay to experience an evangelical & tacky blend of art/politics/religion. January 2014
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1265 of 2488 people found the following review helpful:
Magnificent and unique,
Nov 18, 2013
reviewer: from Vancouver, British Columbia
It's a show I have never seen before, considering the full-stage large digital animation backdrop- it extends the stage not only to high above the heaven, but also transport me back to thousands of years ago. Impressively beautiful !
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