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Average customer review: 2.5 star rating (2.6 Stars)

Number of reviews: 157

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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 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 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 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 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.

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