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Average customer review: (2.4 Stars)
Number of reviews: 188
John from Bucks County, Pennsylvania
MISLEADING PROMOTION - SAVE YOUR MONEY
Like some other reviewers - I am posting because it is only fair to present the facts - then you make the decision. We did not read any reviews in advance or would not have wasted our time. Beyond the overt propaganda that is not advertised in advance - the performances were colorful, sometimes artistic, but uninspiring and boringly repetitive. The on-screen animations were primitive to say the least. After 10 minutes you have seen it all. And then there is the Falun Gong propaganda - this is a pseudo-artistic front for political fundraising
Jane from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
NOT WORTH THE MONEY
I would not recommend this show. It is way overpriced. The tickets should be around $30 or $20. The show is not historical but political. You feel like you have been ripped off after that show. Perfect example of how a good marketing can sell anything. I deeply regret getting tickets for it because they were so expensive.
Derek from Toronto, Ontario
First of all, the so called "traditional" dances in the performance are actually the reinvented and modernized folk dances that the Communist Part led to produce since the cultural revolution. And even the small shreds of authenticity left in these dances were lost due to the lack of production value in this particular show. And of course after a few numbers the show launches into a over-the-top vilification, even if well deserved, of the Chinese government. The eerie part is that the show resembled the kind of propaganda the aforementioned government fond of utilize, in all aspects other than, again, production values. So unfortunately, to a Chinese, watching this show is like seeing a badly made vampire film where the newly bitten tries to attack its master, with cheap blood and gore o'plenty. I would highly recommend this show if that's your thing.
William from Mentor, Ohio
DOGMA, AND MEDIOCRE DANCING
The dancing was good, but repetitive and there were only two or three dancers that were truly exceptional. Your money is much better spent on Circque du Soleis, modern dance or ballet. I feel a bit ripped off by this expensive performance. I also thought the thesis of the performance was offensive. I am fine when people worship who they wish, but when Shen Yun shoves their beliefs in my face, well it is simply offensive. When the words were scrolled on the screen of the almighty and that evolution was a dangerous idea i felt like this theater company has an agenda... and they clearly do. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS SHOW.
Anonymous from Detroit, Michigan
I am really not into writing reviews, but I strongly feel it is my civic duty to warn people. I fell for the deceptive marketing and we decided to buys two tickets for our 26th Wedding Anniversary and forked over $400 for two balcony tickets. This is a complete and utter sham. We have seen better performance at my daughters high school drama and dance competitions. However, the venue - Detroit Opera House was outstanding, which has been restored to its old glory. The Shen Yun ad features exquisite 3D computer generated images that are projected onto a screen in the background, where the dancers disappear into trapdoors and then appear in cartoon form on the screen. The dancing itself was uninspiring, felt like a low level Gymnastics training session with dancers in costumes while antient Chinese music piped in. Same dance routines with different costumes and a different propaganda story repeated a dozen times. It was torturous to have to sit through 3 hours of absolute misery! We have been to several different kinds of performances and have never, ever felt this bad. I would not recommend this to anyone, even my worst enemy. This is a major rip off, so do your homework before you buy. Buyer beware....
Donna from Orlando, Florida (Dr.Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
AN EXPENSIVE DISAPPOINTMENT
This was one of the most disappointing performance I've ever seen. A very expensive disappointment. The performers looked like really good cheer leaders, but nothing close to a professional performance. It was not interesting nor entertaining. Very over rated from the reviews I read. The only two things that were pleasant was the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida, and the costumes the performers wore. Seriously, don't waste your money.
Russ Johnson from Colorado Springs, CO
The TV ads promise thousands of years of Chinese Culture but the performance is as much dogma about the cult, Falun Gong, that is behind the Shen Yun production. That's the hidden agenda you don't get until the performance. The Chinese government's persecution of Falun Gong is wrong. Ironically, it is that persecution that caused the group to essentially move to the US and create the Shen Yun performance group. I felt like we were trapped in a bad, unending episode of America's Got Talent. A competent but repetitive production.
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