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Shen Yun Performing Arts Reviews

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Average customer review: 2.5 star rating (2.7 Stars)

Number of reviews: 114

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5.0 star rating Sabrina Hu from Vancouver, British Columbia

A UNIQUE SHOW, A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE

i went to see ShenYun twice because they have a new production each year. i have never seen a show like this before. ShenYun has the visual part which are the dazzling costumes, animated backdrop and synchronized movements. it also has the invisible part that is the righteous values and education components embedded in each story dance. Basically, everyone can pick something they like from the show, whether it is the dance, live music, costumes or the stories from ancient to contemporary China. ShenYun is like a time machine that brings me back to different time and space!

5.0 star rating Anonymous from Seattle, Washington

I LOVE SHEN YUN

I find this show to be a truly remarkable production. I have watched it several years in a row and find it amazing that each year they create a whole new show. The technical abilities of the dancers in Shen Yun is far beyond any other Chinese dance performance I have seen. Their ability to dance in perfect synchronization just blows my mind. How do they do it? To make all the costumes is its self amazing. Such delicate fabric has to be hand sewn. They are truly gorgeous. As a musician that loves classical music I am transfixed by the way they have blended Chinese and western instruments in such a flawless fusion to create a new sound. It is like whole new way to express music that is at once contemporary yet ancient. The scenes from contemporary China are so moving. Such great traditions have been lost to the communist rule. I am always left with a great sense of hope for not only China but all of humanity after seeing Shen Yun. I say its a must see show

5.0 star rating Steve Lee from Portland, OR

6 YEARS IN A ROW, ENJOYABLE, INSPIRING, AND EDUCATIONAL

I have seen this shows 6 times, and I brought my family to the show 5 times. Just check those pictures, those backdrop, the dancers' movement and facial expression, the beauty is stunning, and the culture they presented is inspiring. No group can present something as pure and as sincere as this group.

5.0 star rating Ava from Seattle, Washington

WORTHY PERFORMANCE; RARE GEM FROM THE US

I have been hearing about Shen Yun for quite a few years now. As a fan of Cate Blanchett, when I realized she took her entire family to see the show, I thought this show must really be something. I was watching Lord of the Rings reruns and I thought, "Hey, she watched Shen Yun!" At last, I convinced my husband to go see this; I am so glad I did. All I can say is that you must watch it at least once to get the full experience. I heard afterwards this show isn't allowed in China. I can see why... because they are not fake like everything else the communist does. This show is Made in the USA, and not Made in China. I am sold.

5.0 star rating Kevin Liu from Vancouver, British Columbia

MAGNIFICENT AND UNIQUE

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 !

5.0 star rating Michael from Boise, Idaho

SUPERB

Saw the performance last year in Seattle—very, very well done. Top notch in every respect. A genuine glimpse into China's ancient culture.

5.0 star rating Sandy from Seattle, Washington

SHEN YUN IS AWE-INSPIRING

I have seen this show three times in Seattle, and am returning to see Shen Yun again this year. Each year there are new dances and the backgrounds just keep getting better and better. I have never been disappointed. It is quite uplifting to see all the beauty and colors presented in the show, especially when the days are grey and rainy outside, it is a breath of spring in winter and I always come out with new inspiration and my spirits uplifted! I would definitely recommend to someone planning a great night out in Seattle.

5.0 star rating Legend from Austin, Texas

THE BEST SHOW I'VE EVER SEEN

I am a lover of classics, music and dance. Ballet attracts people for its movement, symphony touches soul through tones. But, this show comes to a perfect match for both. I have seen it in Austin last December, and couldn't help to spend the next day seeing it for the second time. Many of the bad comments here are pretty misleading, how could you feel satisfied for a classical Chinese dance only expecting a ballet? It is DIFFERENT genre! To clarify some common misunderstandings, say, all programs are repeating. They are about totally different stories, but meanwhile all 20 programs manifest an integrity of spirit, compassion and braveness. Believe me or not, you gonna never see shows of this level anywhere else.

5.0 star rating Carmen from Renton, Washington

WELL DONE

A very well done performance. You can tell the dancers enjoyed themselves immensely. There were two points in the show where I was moved to tears. A beautiful way to spend a few hours. At McCaw Hall, there isn't a bad seat in the house.

5.0 star rating Anonymous from Seattle, Washington

MOST WONDERFUL SHOW I HAVE EVER SEEN

I enjoyed the show so much that I hope it never ends! It's great that Shen Yun comes to Seattle again. I can enjoy it one more time. :-)

5.0 star rating Marina from Chicago, Illinois

THE BEST SHOW I HAVE EVER SEEN!

Shen Yun is the best show I have ever seen. I go to see it every year since 2012. Each year it is new! How you can describe the pure beauty of the experience in words? Check out on youtube Russian ballerina talk about this with tears in her voice. She understands the beauty and hard work to make it happened. I can't wait to see Shen Yun 2016 show. We all dream to become better! Shen Yun leads us there to Truthfulness and Compassion by that hard work and such great team working together for all us. Thank you Shen Yun!

5.0 star rating Alice from Seattle, Washington

IT IS A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE

This show is not only speak to my intellect, but also speak to my heart and soul.

5.0 star rating Yang from Seattle, Washington

I LOVE THIS SHOW

It is beautiful. I will watch it again this year.

5.0 star rating Annette B. from Omaha, Nebraska

SPECTACULAR

Spectacular performance! Every move, every dance scene was perfect and unique Worth the money and a must see for all performing arts lover. Each year is different. I plan on attending next year as well.

5.0 star rating Anonymous from Seattle, Washington

EXTRAORDINARY

This is not to be missed - very high quality performance.

5.0 star rating Michael from Renton, Washington

FEAST FOR THE EYES!

This is such an beautiful, amazing performance. The colors and visual back drop are dazzling, truly a feast for the eyes. If you haven't seen this, you need to go!

5.0 star rating Quan Liu from San Francisco, Washington

MAGNIFICENT

I just watched it in San Francisco today. You have to go to the theatre by yourself to feel its magnificence.

5.0 star rating Fredy wolfe from Rochester, New York

BEAUTY IN ITS MOST ENJOYABLE FORM

When I first experienced shenyun I knew its was the most heartouching blessing that I have ever received from such dedicated talented young people . This show deserves every single half star or star rating that it has received and once you sit in the theatre you will not regret what you have seen. You will leave the theatre with tears of joy from the beatiful message sent from the from the smiles:-) on all of their faces. Hope fully you will leave that theatre feeling refrreshed and reborn fom tthe show and I promise you that every year they come you will run to the theatre like a child running down stairs to reciev their christmas presents. IHighly recomend this show and I hope you will too. Even if you don't see this show more than once it will be an experience you will never ever forget and you will appreciate the day that you were showed in great detail and beaty the importance of ancien tasian civilizations and others too.SHenyun is truly the best

5.0 star rating MaLisa from Fernandina Beach, Florida

STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL

I took my mother and sister two years ago. It was amazing! The talent of these folks really shines through in their performance. The show was beautiful and we sat at the edge of our seats the whole time. I am so excited to see that it is coming back to Jacksonville this year. I can't wait to take my kids too.

5.0 star rating Rachael from Seattle, Washington

SHEN YUN REALLY TOUCH MY HEART...

My husband and I have been seeing Shen Yun show together every year, and we have benefited a lot from many uplifting and positive stories in the show. My family lives a harmonious and high quality life more than ever before...

5.0 star rating Jan Ran from Seattle, Washington

BEAUTY BEYOND IMAGINATION

Their artistic value and beauty was beyond my imagination, I was impressed from the beginning until the end. The costumes were so beautiful and the backdrops so splendid. They are amazingly fantastic and beyond my imagination! They are truly remarkable.

5.0 star rating William from Peoria, Illinois

THE BEST SHOW IN THE WORLD!

I have seen this show several times, since they develop totally new programs every year. I would say it's the best show I have ever seen! It's just so exciting, inspiring, and also educational. I like it.

5.0 star rating Kathy from Seattle, Washington

IT IS A FABULOUS SHOW

My familfy have seen this show for recently two years and it is really a abulous show. My fail is exciting to see this year's show.

5.0 star rating Gwenevere from Las Vegas, Nevada

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE

I have seen the performance 2 years in a row and it gets better and more breath taking each time. Love, Love, Loved it; will be back next year. Given the opportunity it's a MUST see.

5.0 star rating Lily from Oregon

TRULY UNIQUE PERFORMANCE

My family watched the performance at Seattle last year. It was amazing and awesome. We will definitely watch it again this year.

5.0 star rating Jenny from Seattle, Washington

SHEN YUN RECONNECTS US TO THE TRADITIONAL CHINESE HERITAGE

Shen Yun is reconnecting us to the traditional Chinese culture heritage. Since 2006, our family has been watching the Shen Yun show each year. We are amazed by the beautiful costumes that show the richness in China's past. Our kids love the stories, from journey to the west to legends of mulan, it is the best way to learn the 5,000 years of Chinese civilization.

5.0 star rating Ethan from Seattle, Washington

I WOULD LIKE TO WATCH IT AGAIN!

It is absolutely wonderful! I like it so much. I will watch it again this time.

5.0 star rating Tony from Seattle, Washington

IT WERE AMAZING

It is so colorful and beautiful.

5.0 star rating Donna from Seattle, Washington

WELCOME BACK SHEN YUN!

I love the Shen Yun performances! They are so beautiful and touching-- they give me chills, bring tears to my eyes and inspire me. I now go every year to the Seattle performance. Because they tour around the States, my family members around the country have had the chance to see performances as well. It's great that we can all share what our favorite piece was. I am always amazed how the performers can move in such synchronicity. And, they sometimes seem to be able to defy gravity! McCaw Hall is such a beautiful venue as well. A perfect place to showcase such a magnificent performance.

5.0 star rating S.P. from Seattle, Washington

CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS YEAR'S PERFORMANCE

I've seen the Shen Yun show for the last 2 years, and can't wait for this year's performance. I love all the vibrant colors and the beautiful music. I've never seen a performance that uses an animated backdrop like this before.

5.0 star rating Ann from Burneyville, Oklahoma

SHEN YUN GREAT!

Saw the show in Oklahoma City on March 25th this year. It was a great experience and a very enjoyable evening. A show every age will enjoy.

5.0 star rating Ellie from Snoqualmie, Washington

NEVER SEEN ANY SHOW LIKE THIS!

Last year I went with a friend, a 60 year old real estate broker, to see Shen Yun. Before seeing the show, he did not quite know why he wants to watch a show that "revives the 5,000 years of Chinese culture". But when the curtain rises on the 1st program, he knew. He told me afterwards, "I have never seen a show like this! I had tears in my eyes just listening to the music, and I don't know where it's coming from!" Another friend of mine, a 50 year old scientist, watched Shen Yun last year too. On his spare time, he practices and teaches a meditation from India. His story was even more amazing to me. He told me that he had neck ailment for a long time. But as soon as he entered the theatre, his neck pain was gone. He said, the energy field is that strong in the theatre! Well, I am not too surprised given that in ancient China, traditional music was used for healing, and even in battle to fight the enemy. The 5,000 years of ancient Chinese culture is just that astonishing!!

5.0 star rating CW from Eastern Washington

MY FAMILY WAS ENCHANTED

I went to Shen Yun two years ago with my family. They were enchanted, even my rather macho son-in-law and 9 year old grandson. which rather surprised me. What a remarkable group of young people, and the story of the troupe itself is inspiring. My aunt was so impressed with the professionalism of the performers, and I love the costumes.

5.0 star rating Weichu from Seattle, Washington

ASTOUNDING PERFORMANCE

I watched their performance in 2012. It was really nice experience. I feel dancers were all like flying to the sky and landing on the pillow... it was really amazing! Furthermore, I especially love their colorful costumes and animated backdrop. They perfectly match together. Through their story based beautiful and graceful dance with unique live music, I can realize the ancient Chinese culture and its realm. I was even like one of them immersing in a profound universe.. It was really a inspiring show! Strongly recommend it for everyone.

5.0 star rating Glenn J Meade from Warwick, Rhode Island

2018

Amazing performance I hope to see this year

5.0 star rating Yun Lau from Everett, Washington

SOMETHING YOU CAN'T MISS

I spent over 30 years back in China, never watched a show like this. It is soooo spectacular and unique! I have tears in my eyes when I watched it and my heart was so deeply touched by the music and story. It is something not only for Chinese, it is for everyone. Once you watch it, it is something unforgettable in your life time!

5.0 star rating Portland fan from Portland OR

SHEN YUN VISUALLY SPECTACULAR, AWE-INSPIRING, BRILLIANT...

I just want to post a quote from the interview with Gary Behrmen, professor and Dean at St. Louis University, “I am breathless. It is visually spectacular, awe- inspiring, brilliant, and amazing. It is a planetary experience that there is hope in the air. What I have seen on this stage is that expression of hope. Having an event like this brings me hope that … all cultures can recreate the planet in a harmonious way.” Actually, there are thousands of enthusiastic reviews from media and audiences around the globe! Please watch http://www.ntdtv.ca/gb/2012/05/14/Art62031.html and read http://www.wmagazine.com/w/blogs/editorsblog/2011/ 06/24/after-hours
-shen-yun.html

5.0 star rating Forrest from Seattle, Washington

BEAUTIFUL, BROUGHT ME TO TEARS.

This is the most beautiful show I have ever seen. I was moved to tears more than once. The dancers are world class and the stories are very deep. Excellent show for children as well.

4.5 star rating Anonymous from Everett, Washington

I LOVE THE DOUBLE STRING VIOLIN!

I love the live music Shen Yun orchestra presents, which is a combination of western and eastern musical instrument. I especially adore the double string violin.

4.5 star rating Anonymous from Seattle, Washington

BEAUTIFUL

With all of the uncertainty and difficulties faced in China right now, it is great to see such a celebration of Chinese heritage and true traditional culture. I loved seeing the show last year. Beauty and grandeur like I had never seen before.

3.0 star rating from Boise, ID

OVER HYPED AND OVERLY RELIGIOUS

There were about 6-8 pure dancing routines, and I thought 2-3 of them were good. The rest seemed recycled from the other routines, with just different background and outfits. The costumes were bright and a huge positive. There were 6-8 "plays" (ballet/dance) of which 2-3 were entertaining. The rest were pretty basic ballet and nothing special. Almost ALL of the "plays" were religious based which was kind of a turn off. The music was good, but after 2+ hours of it, it became VERY monotonous. A singer came out and she literally sang the same song twice - back-to-back. Once was plenty. It was a religious song with about 50 words. There were two MCs: a young white male and a young Asian women. They were pretty flat and lame. It was VERY annoying that she would repeat everything in Chinese. We are not in China. I don't think it added to the show. It annoyed. If you really love ballet, you would like this show; Otherwise, the show was 3 stars at BEST.

3.0 star rating A Nani Mouse from Seattle, Washington

FALUN DAFA PROPAGANDA WITH DECENT DANCING

2/3 of the show was decent Chinese dancing and 1/3 was "Falun Dafa Is Good" propaganda with Chinese police beating dissidents, a piano number singing how only repenters will be saved, and an ending where a heavenly tidal wave destroys communist China and the rapture- equivelant occurs in hokey cgi. That said I liked the scholars dance, the soldiers dance, and would watch another Miao dance even if the scientologists put it on. Overall mediocre for date night.

3.0 star rating JD from Aurora, Illinois

NICE PERFORMANCE, BUT NOT AS GOOD AS EXPECTED

The dancing and music performances were good, but i was left wanting more acrobatic and thrilling stunts. The costumes were colorful and fit well with the performers. For what you pay i was expecting more elaborate routines or more stunning visuals, but i have seen other musical performances that outshine this show. I took my mother, wife and two young children and none of us left getting what we expected. We saw the performance at the Paramount Theater and the seating was not great. I sat two rows behind a tall gentleman so I was going side to side in my seat trying to get a decent view the whole show. My young children could barely see anything over the heads of people in front of us too. The seating is not stadium seating, so it's the luck of the draw if you have a good view or not. Based on myself and the people around me, i was not the only one with this problem. Unless you really want to see this show and are okay with a slight religious undertone, save your money.

2.0 star rating Anatoliy K from Venice, FL

BORING; WAISTED TIME AND MONEY

The show was not like one piece that you watch from the beginning to the end on one breath (like for example cirque du soleil "O"). Two hosts after each dance number were so boring bringing all dynamics of this concert so down. The technical part of the show was also poor and outdated, may be 10 years ago this video projection of poor quality was great. The orchestra sound must be better - this is 2018 and they should use microphones to make a perfect sound to connect to the "show". There are some ridiculous dance numbers with cell phones and all these communist anti-propaganda. There is no leitmotif and logically developed direction - just chaos. And stage also looked poor because there were no decorations and they relied on this poor projection on a screen. Bottom line - we are very disappointed. Lost money and time. If you think that we are the only people who complain on this show, type in google " south san francisco shen yun review on yelp". Not recommend this at all.

2.0 star rating Gaby from Vancouver, British Columbia

PRETTY COSTUMES, VERY GOOD ORCHESTRA BUT TONS OF FALUNG GON

Oh my... where to start... This show is definitely overpriced for what it really is... Costumes are colorful, and the dancers are good (not that impressive), but there is so MUCH political and religious propaganda, that's is both, unethical and outrageous. Went to see this show in Vancouver, March 24 2018 and I was shocked of how much propaganda content there was. Also, we found the flying spirits, angels and demons in and out of the huge video screen were super tacky and kind of ridiculous. The banner they showed despicting "Falong Dafa is good", and the communist bad guys beating good samaritans were like the (rotten) cherry on the top of the cake... If I would have known about this , I would have never paid $119 each ticket. Felt like we contributed for their political and religious campaign... We just want to let people know so they can take a better informed decision than we did!. If the propaganda doesn't bother you, and you're willing to spend $120 or more each ticket, go for it

2.0 star rating Mark Oesterlin from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

ARTFUL, BUT NOT ENTERTAINING

This show is a compilation of styles of different classical dances from China. The Chinese government, since the communist revolution, has worked to eradicate what it considers to be elitist art. These dance and music styles have been eliminated from China, but some Chinese peole here in America have perserved the art. The dance styles and costumes are very beautiful and interesting, but unless you speak Chinese, the singing and overall performance tends to be long and boring. There's no overall story, since it is styles from across many centuries. I'm glad I wnt to see it one time, but I probably won't ever go again.

2.0 star rating Denny from Seattle, Washington

SHEN YUN 2018

Saw the 2018 Shen Yun performance at McCaw Hall, My wife and I were "prepared to be amazed", but left very disappointed. The performers were great, but the show lacked an easy flow. After each set, two narrators appeared on stage to introduce the next set and explain everything. The make narrator tried to inject some lame humor from time to time, and that just didn't work. Would have been better to just eliminate the narrators and let the crew change sets with curtains closed. Beside the continual communism beating, we noticed a definite western bent on the show. The kicker for us was the scene where one male dancer happened to plant his face in the rear end of another male dancer. Dancer A proceeds to fart in dancer B's face, knocking him over backwards. Very funny. Just the kind of thing we were hoping to see in this production. So sad! We had cheap seats ($90.00 ea), and I was happy that we didn't get the expensive ones. Overall, not worth the cost for parking,

2.0 star rating Robert Ebright from Mesa, Arizona

SHEN YUN

The costumes were beautiful, but for the $100.00 per ticket it wasn't worth the money. The dances were the same over and over again. In between each set a lady came out speaking Chinese. why? This is the USA. The show advertisement is better than the show. I would not recommend it. We were a group of four and no one liked the show. The theater was ok, but there was a lot of people that kept talking during the show. The advertisement make the show appear better than it is. The reviews they show, are individuals who were paid to give a great review.

2.0 star rating Alex K from Toronto, Ontario

OK, BUT TOO HEAVY-HANDED.

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!

1.5 star rating 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.

1.0 star rating Jessica Price from Chicago, Illinois

WOW, BUT NOT FOR THE RIGHT REASONS.

First, I'd like to point out the preponderance of positive reviews that so not appear to be written by native English speakers, which, after last night's show, leaves me reply suspicious about their authenticity. If that sounds a bit paranoid, you'll have to forgive me, but I just saw sat through three hours of what amount to a lot of twirling and backflips interspersed with horrendously pointed religious propaganda all set before an underwhelming projection to unintentionally comical effect. I'm annoyed that my mother forked over $300 for tickets and that my sister flew in from out of state for something that ended up being not what was advertised. Light on culture, heavy on propoganda. This was perhaps most directly evidenced by the young man holding the banner proclaiming, "Falun Gong is Good".

1.0 star rating Alberto Silva from Miami, Florida

SHEN YUN

I never expected to see such a bad show at the Arsh Center. I hope Shen Yun is erased from 2019 programming and on. This show have almost no artistic quality and does not reflect the exquisite Chinese culture. Besides that, the spectator is subjected to an undesired religious propaganda. I attended the show with seven other family members and we all have the same opinion.

1.0 star rating Asian American (4th Generation American) from Seattle, Washington

FAKE CHINESE FOR A WHITE CROWD. READ THIS REVIEW.

What they aren't telling you is that Shen Yun is the primary financial income for a Chinese cult. The dance routines are definitely not authentic. It's easy to see modern ballet moves and typical dance routines. The costumes are not authentic. They're made to Ooh and Ahh the gringos with lots of flowing sleeves and bright colors. There is usually only one Chinese instrument playing at a time being accompanied by several musicians playing violins and other modern instruments to provide it's western appeal. My first red flag was the noticeable absence of any Chinese in the audience. The second red flag was the constant reference to their god and how he ascended from heaven. The third red flag were all the volunteers at the exit doors trying to get you to give them written and video testimonials for use as marketing materials for future shows. As I discovered later, this show is a blatant fund raiser for a Chinese Religious Cult. We Americans are gullible and easily duped.

1.0 star rating Jim from New York, New York

FOREIGN POLICY MAGAZINE:FOOTLOOSE AND FALUN GONG

‘Shen Yun’, a performing arts company founded in 2006, gradually expanded over the years and their tours around the world are in the name of traditional Chinese culture, but have been controversial in China. It is regarded as a microphone of ‘Falun Gong’ in China, engaged in the anti-government propaganda. After viewing the performance of ‘Shen Yun’, some audiences in western country assumed that it carried a rude political motive with a low artistic level. “After the intermission, everything was crystal clear. Shen Yun is nothing more than a podium for Falun Dafa/Falun Gong.” On March 26, 2017, Michael Duell, a reader from Phoenix, Arizona, wrote a letter to azcentral.com after watching the show, which referred to ‘Falun Gong’ Shen Yun perform was a deceptive show, and argued that Shen Yun was behind the show, and the so-called art director, was the leader of ‘Falun Gong’, Hongzhi Li with an alias of D.F.. He said: “After the intermission, everything was crystal clear. Shen Yun is not

1.0 star rating Rebecca C from New York, New York

DON’T BOTHER

Only one dance kept my attention. Found myself wanting to leave a few minutes in but stayed because my daughter was so excited to see it and I didn’t want to ruin her day. The religious aspect was in your face and annoying. The dancing was only okay.

1.0 star rating Whitney from Norfolk, Virginia

HOKEY AND BORNING

Despite the orchestra’s beautiful sound, the Shen Yun performance was very hokey and boring. Backdrops were juvenile and rinky dink, felt like a romper room performance. All of the dances were the same and not impressive at all. We expected a much better show, especially considering the cost. We barely made it to the intermission so we could leave. Wish there was a process to request refunds. Lesson learned.

1.0 star rating Deborah from Toronto, Ontario

COMPLETE WASTE OF $600 (I DO NOT RECOMMEND THE SHOW.)

I feel like I got scammed by Shen Yun. I don't think I would've attended the show with my kid if I knew the show involved that much religious content. The advertisement of Shen Yun never showed any hints of a particular religion in advance. However, the show is specifically about one specific religion (Falun Dafa) and kept on insisting on its values, background and teachings. The yellow propaganda sign used by the dancers during the show which advertised Falun Dafa was very tacky aesthetically at the first sight of it and secondly it was again very inappropriate because there was no hint of Falun Dafa in the marketing materials of Shen Yun. Luring prospect audience in like this with disguised marketing materials is a fraudulent scheme. It is very disappointing and inappropriate. I feel like I got scammed by Shen Yun and wasted $600.

1.0 star rating Anatoliy Krougliak from Venice, Florida

DISAPPOINTMENT.

The show was not like one piece that you watch from the beginning to the end on one breath (like for example cirque du soleil "O"). Two hosts after each dance number were so boring bringing all dynamics of this concert so down. The technical part of the show was also poor and outdated, may be 10 years ago this video projection of poor quality was great. The orchestra sound must be better - this is 2018 and they should use microphones to make a perfect sound to connect to the "show". There are some ridiculous dance numbers with cell phones and all these communist anti-propaganda. There is no leitmotif and logically developed direction - just chaos. And stage also looked poor because there were no decorations and they relied on this poor projection on a screen. Bottom line - we are very disappointed. Lost money and time. If you think that we are the only people who complain on this show, see "Shen Yun 2018 in south san francisco yelp"

1.0 star rating Gabe from Mesa, Arizona

SHEN YEN

This was a political show, boring, and the same thing over & over again. The costumes were beautiful, but that is it. I would not recommend this show to anyone. The reviews you see on their web site are fake. Don't waste your money.

1.0 star rating Sue from St Paul, Minnesota

DECEPTIVE MARKETING

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.

1.0 star rating JAnderson from Toronto, Ontario

DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY

watched this back in Vancouver. It was not as advertised. I would call it a scam and hope everyone search for reviews before going to the show. total waste of money

1.0 star rating Maria star from Springfield, Illinois

BAD SHOW

The show was very disappointing. All the dances seemed the same. The anouncesr between the dances were so monotonous. The show was slow moving and boring. Would not recommend it. People were leaving in the middle.

1.0 star rating Anonymous from Minneapolis, Minnesota

SHEN YUN

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.

1.0 star rating 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.

1.0 star rating Shell from San Antonio, Texas

WAY OVER PRICED

I spent alot of money and left extremely disappointed. I also paid for valet. Which was an absolutely mess. The stage also look really old. It was entertaining but lost interest. I feel like i totally wasted my money. Maybe my expectations were too high. I wanted to leave early but i stayed because i already paid an arm and a leg.

1.0 star rating Wendy from Houston, Texas

INDOCTRINATION

My in-laws purchased tickets for my husband and I to see this show with them. Before the show started, they go on and on about not taking photos. Ok. Weird, but that certainly can be distracting. The show starts and they are announcing in English and in Mandarin. I love that. It makes my father-in- law happy, and that is good! The dancers come out, skilled, and in beautiful costumes. Then they start to sound like a cult. Everyone who isn’t Falun Gong will perish in what looked like a massive tsunami. No more technology! Add that in to the campy humor, and you have one upset family. My husband and I felt like it was an indoctrination to a cult. His parents felt it was too political. China isn’t winning any awards on humanitarian efforts here, but come on. They really felt like a cult. Don’t bother going. The dances are the same steps and movements, just in different costumes. The theater was amazing though. Maybe Cirque du Soleil will come to town.

1.0 star rating P.B. Zimmerman from Los Angeles, California

DISAPPOINTING

I rarely write reviews, but for this show i feel it's my civic duty to warn people. This is a complete and utter sham. I'm so disappointed that I spent over $500 (for three of us) to see a performance that wasn't up to the quality I've seen at my Granddaughter's high school dance performances. The advertisement for Shen Yun features phenomenal computer generated images that are projected onto a screen. In actuality the dancers disappear into trapdoors behind props and then appear in cartoon form on the screen. The dancing itself was uninspiring: mostly a lot of twirling that looked exciting because of the long flowing costumes. Same dance with different costumes and a different propaganda story repeated a dozen times. We left at intermission. I've been to hundreds of different kinds of performances in my life and have never, ever, left. Shen Yun has done a great job of marketing and I am sorry I didn't do my homework before buying tickets. Buyer beware....boring and mediocre.

2.0 star rating from Toronto, Ontario

SATISFACTORY GRADE FOR SHEN YUN

I was waiting with impatience for the concert after watching some interviews on Internet. The concert turned to be a boring and primitive level of performance. Some dancers are skilled, but the rest are very entry level dancers. Very sad, that all these fake interviews are made with the help of really professional people in the USA. Some have tears rolling on their cheeks. FAKE TEARS! It is a shame to display Shen Yun as a masterpiece of a Chinese dance. I know what Chinese dancers can do, but I didn't see a real dance in this concert. Huge money and very bad dance.

1.0 star rating Kellye from Little Rock, Arkansas

THIS IS A JOKE OF A PRODUCTION

Exactly where was this "amazing, life-changing, it made me cry" performance everyone raves about? I'm still in shock at what I saw. I've watched school plays that were 10 times better. Seriously. I think it's shameful a family pays that much money and then is offered this. No set, no designs, not one prop. A movie screen with the quality of an early nintendo. Horribly bland, boring and not loud enough music, cheap costumes, the same few dances over and over. Such cringeworthy narrators. Every act was exactly the same. Same sound, same dances, same music. Only the costumes were different. Left at intermission. As did many, many others. What a bait and switch. You pay for the experience you see in the ads and the performance everyone raves of in the reviews. That is NOT what you will experience. You should be able to make an INFORMED decision if you purchase tickets. How are they getting away with this?! I'm not embellishing one whit. It really was shockingly awful.

1.0 star rating By the way I a Chinese. from Los Angeles, California

ITS INTERESTING THAT ALL OF THE BAD REVIEWS ARE WAY IN THE BACK.

Click beyond 6,7,8,9 etc. Seems these are the real reviews. Buyer beware! I was planning on going myself but I don't think I will waste my money after finding out what this show is really about and the lack of creativity.

5.0 star rating Colleen from New York, New York

AN AWAKENING OF YOUR SPIRIT!

From the beginning to the end, you are enraptured by these Magical Performances. Enjoyment, Entertainment, and an Awakening of your Spirit!

1.0 star rating Holly from Logan from Salt Lake City, Utah

SHEN YUN PERFORMING ARTS

If Eccles Theater continues to offer Shen Yun to Utah audiences, the performance should be marketed for what it is--a political performance by a disenfranchised ex-pat political group.

1.0 star rating Stephanie Schmidt from Saint Paul, Minnesota

I WOULD GIVE IT ZERO STARS IF I COULD

This is nothing more than a propaganda performance by Falun Gong. I was deeply disappointed that the Ordway allowed such false advertising. Multiple people walked out and in the end our family felt robbed of $700. Do NOT waste your time or money on this performance.

3.0 star rating Hibert from Tucson, Arizona

ENTERTAINING, BUT BE READY FOR CULT PROPAGANDA

The show was a beautiful display of color, dance and music. The music was played well but was as repetitive as the dance. It was billed as traditional Chinese art but I felt it fell far short of conveying anything traditional, other than a few musical instruments and some folkloric stories. But what disappointed me the most was the political / religious overtones that just got more heavy handed as the show progressed. Not to give anything away but, the final few acts were nothing but propaganda from the members of the Falun Gong "religion". This was started in 1992 in Southern China, quickly spread and the members have been persecuted by the Chinese government off and on ever since.

1.0 star rating 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

2.0 star rating A nonny mouse from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

OVERPRICED REPETITVE CHOREOGRAPHY...SLOW MOVING

Hadn’t read reviews hefore I saw this show and 20 minutes unto it..I was already looking at my watch. The dances changed little ..just the costumes. The backscreen was the only set decoration and I tired of the dancers jumping to be hidden from vire so their digital images were projected on Backscreen. I pretty much agree with the negative reviews and will spend my next $180 ticket price on a show in New York.

1.0 star rating 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.

1.0 star rating Derek from Toronto, Ontario

IRONIC

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.

2.0 star rating Gabriella from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

WHATS ALL THE HYPE ABOUT?? NOTHING SPECIAL AT ALL.

My uncle got tickets for us to see this show. With all the advertising and propaganda I heard about this show, I was expecting something truly incredible. I've seen many shows, musicals, performances, cirque de solei's so my expections were really high. Reviews said its the "greatest show on earth"... Really?? Quite frankly it was so bland, even bordering on boring. Yes, lovely costumes and synchronized dancing, but very repetitive, simple and boring. Most of the people we spoke to around us felt the same way. You almost feel like you were fooled and ripped off. Save your time and especially money. It is not a cheap venue, but wow... whoever is doing the advertising for this show are certainly brilliant... or really pushing the truth...

4.0 star rating Tia from Detroit, Michigan

WONDERFUL PERFORMANCE BUT FRUSTRATING THEATER

The Shen Yun performance is gorgeous- full of colors and effects with clearly hard-working dancers and creative choreography. However, the Detroit Opera House is a horrible layout for this performance. The main floor especially is hardly on an incline- so children and adults struggle to see the performance completely or with any peace between shifting heads in the front rows. A better theater is needed for this so that everyone can enjoy actually seeing this production.

1.0 star rating 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.

2.0 star rating Gracie from Detroit, Michigan

LEFT FEELING DISAPPOINTED.

Was really looking forward to a great show and left feeling very disappointed. Paid alot of money for our box seats at The Detroit Opera March 2019, should have bought tickets to something else. There were a few good numbers but the rest seemed copies of the one before. Also the baritone singer was really a waste of time. Such a disappointment.

1.0 star rating 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....

2.0 star rating Gail Jones from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

DISAPPOINTING SHOW AND LOCATION

The advertisements for Shen Yun overstated what was presented. For $180 per ticket I expected something more than a projection screen for set preparation. The costumes were colorful but I kept thing there should be more. After a while it was kind or boring and repetitive. Add to that the bad seating at the Merriam Theater. There is an ever so slight incline for the front rows (we sat 7 rows from the front) so if a tall person (in the case of the person who went with me) or in my case a woman with proofed hair sits in front of you, then your view is obstructed during the entire show. Not something you expect when you pay $360 for tickets. I use a walker and the ushers were not accommodating. They instructed my friend where to take my walker. When I have gone to other shows the usher tags and takes my walker and brings it back at the end of the show (e.g., Cirque du Soliel). For my experience, the tickets are way too overpriced.

1.0 star rating 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.

2.0 star rating PHILIP iSERINO, ORMOND BEACH, FLORIDA from Orlando, Florida

BORING AND DISSAPOINTED

NO REAL ARTISTIC CHALLENGES. THE DANCING WAS THE SAME WITH EVERY SCENE. NO HIGH POINTS IN THE SHOW. NO PROPS. NOT WORTH$100 TO $150. MAYBE $50. I KEPT THINKING IT WOULD GET BETTER - IT DIDN'T.OMG IT WAS BORING. NO COMPARISION TO VEGAS SHOWS, CIRCUS D SOLIE OR N.Y.BROADWAY SHOWS FOR THE SAME MONEY. EXPERIENCED SHOW ON 3/14/14.

2.0 star rating Jinnette from Orlando, Florida

BEAUTIFUL SETTING BUT BORING PERFORMANCE

The show offers beautiful setting, Excellent dancers, but the play is boring and the singer less than perfect.

1.0 star rating Russ Johnson from Colorado Springs, CO

SHEN YUN

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.

2.0 star rating Starr King from Vancouver, British Columbia

NOT JUST ART, RELIGION AND POLITICS

I came to see a revival of a 5,000 year old art form only to have religion and politics shoved down my throat. I came to see dancing, not men dressed in black with the hammer and sickle painted on their backs beating up people. I feel sorry for the artists because they are highly skilled but I will never see this show again, nor will I recommend it to anyone.

1.0 star rating from Toronto, Ontario

WORST SHOW EVER

It’s all about Falun Gong. It’s all about politics. This show does not reflect anything about chinese culture. Do NOT go.

2.0 star rating Kenneth Murray from Toronto, Ontario

SHEN YUN - NOT WORTH THE MONEY

Beautiful costumes for the most part - lovely dancing ( maybe they made it look too effortless} but boring. Antiquated special effects - good for the nineties but not for today. Overtly religious and political. Some scenes depicting torture were not appropriate for children. The singer (tenor) sang in Chinese with Falun Gong propaganda in English on the screen above him - almost laughable. Not what I expected at all from all the hype. Seating was great. There are really no bad seats at the Four Seasons Centre. Not recommended to anyone unless you are a Falun Gong follower

1.0 star rating M. Morgan from Boise Id

SHEN YUN

I was VERY disappointed. I saw the show several years ago and loved it. The costumes and dancing was amazing. So I was excited to go see it again last night. But I was VERY disappointed. The dancing was not good and only a few pretty costumes. The price was reasonable several years ago when I saw the production, but this time the prices were outrageous!!! Do not waste your time or money!!!!!

1.0 star rating Celia Heady from Boise, Idaho

NOT FOR EVERYONE

My grown daughter and I attended the show this afternoon and left at the intermission. I will be kind and say this isn’t for everyone and in retrospect cannot believe many of the positive reviews were not fabricated. We were trying hard not to laugh and left as soon as possible. Save your money.

1.0 star rating from Toronto, Ontario

HOLY CRAP! THIS WAS PURE CRAP!

This show was among the worst performances I have ever seen of any kind. The set was non existent except for an interesting digital background that wore thin after a few of the numbers. The 'tenor' was a joke. His voice is reminiscent of a bleating sheep. The dancers were athletic, but artistically boring. With 2 exceptions (the Fairy Dance and Lost in Art), the performances were uninspired and not deserving of any credit. Finally, the political and religious (especially during the last 2 performances) of the evening were offensive. I wouldn't recommend this garbage to anyone and very much regret having wasted my time and money.

1.0 star rating Chris from Victoria, British Columbia

SAVE YOUR MONEY FOR SOMETHING ELSE

If you’ve seen the trailer you have seen more content than is in the actual show. Yes, colours are dazzling and the first two or three scenes capture your attention. Are there pretty moments, yes. Are there athletic moments, yes. However, the dancing is extremely basic covered by flowing fabric. There is intense political messaging and even a torture scene that would be troubling for many. The biggest problem is it’s just not worth the money. The video screen behind the acts suffers from terribly antiquated graphics and odd political messaging. And the between scenes commentary is highly contrived and needs work. We love performance arts and regretted going. More than 10 people around us simply left. Staying to the grand finale? Don’t. The last scene is the worst of the bunch.

2.0 star rating Jackie Kalina from Santa Barbara, California

I WAS DUPED

I had seen their adverts and expected an intense mind blowing performance. Paid over $300 for two tickets. Costume s were beautiful, content was the same and got to be boring. Kept waiting for the spectacular to happen and never did. Thought of leaving at intermission but thought It would getter. It didn’t. Plus, one felt they pushing a religious agenda and they WERE. We really felt “ripped off “. Would NEVER see it again. Tried to take the more sophisticated view this was Chinese ballet. NO, it was boring.

2.0 star rating 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...

1.0 star rating Elisa from Seattle, Washington

NOT WORTH YOUR MONEY OR TIME

With the cheapest tickets being around $100pp, there's no reason for anyone to go see this performance. The message they seem to get a cross is the Falun Gong is the way, for everyone. Although, not for people who drink, to those who have premarital sex (especially with the same sex!) or to those who have "modern thought and acts". All in all, I felt like I was witnessing a religious cult selling it self as the true way because it is based on ancient teachings. They did try modernizing of the message in one act, which felt mormon-like with their crisp uniforms and praising of the gold covered book.

1.0 star rating TLC from Salt Lake City, Utah

PRICEY DISAPPOINTMENT

I thought I was being super disrespectful when I laughed inside thinking maybe it’s just me, however by intermission half of my section was gone and a few more didn’t come back after. They advertised beautifully choreographed artful dances, and what we got was a joke. There was maybe 2 dances close to worthy but the rest was a JOKE. Wished I would have looked up reviews before purchasing.

1.0 star rating Gevan Rogers from Spokane wa

SO SAD

Nothing but repetition of slow moving performances. The clothes change but that's all that does. I actually nodded off 3 times before intermission which is when I left. I would have been much better entertained at home watching something like America's got talent. 10 to 15 people on a stage spinning around while a couple people do some flips was not anywhere near worth the $150.00 it cost.

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