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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: 145



1.0 star rating 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.

2.0 star rating Gabriella from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


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


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


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


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


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.

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