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Lincoln Center, 70 West 63rd Street, New York, NY 10023

Formerly New York State Theater

SHEN YUN PERFORMING ARTS

12 - 21 Jan 2018

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Beautiful... a nimble mastery

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Number of Reviews: 51
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2043 of 4039 people found the following review helpful:
OK, but too heavy-handed.,
Feb 25, 2014
reviewer: from Toronto, Ontario
I enjoyed many of the dances, and the costumes and music could be very pleasant. However, the show was far too heavy-handed politically, and the advertising did not give an accurate picture of the kind of show we would receive. Some of the dances told a fun story and I especially enjoyed some of the instrumental content, but the opera singers and several dances were quite preachy. The CGI backdrop was cheesy, and a final dance of Buddha wiping out Falun Gong persecutors in a wave of judgment was, well...not what I came to see. The price of the tickets did not at all reflect the quality of the show. Beware of Shen Yun!
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38 of 53 people found the following review helpful:
Post-script on my ,
Feb 23, 2014
reviewer: from Providence, RI
After entering my review, I scrolled through previous reviews. Overwhelmingly favorable are the reviews written in March 2013. The show changes every year, so maybe this year tanked. Or, maybe, last year's reviews, all effusive, were artificial... Don't know. The only 2014-written reviews on this site were also negative. "MontyPython-like", right"" SCTV's Chiller Theater", for another. All I know is this...$250 for two tickets last night in Providence (last minute gift) , and applauding as if I'm back in the day of my son's Little League years, saying "good job" all the time. Whatever this was, it was NOT as advertised.
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45 of 61 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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1995 of 3969 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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2004 of 3993 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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