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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 Maddy from Portland, OR


The only performance where I've wanted to leave at intermission. Almost fell asleep. The heavy religious propaganda was only distracting from the mediocre dance routines. The emcee's only further aided in my boredom. There was no set, only an ugly screen backdrop that felt incredibly cheap and definitely not the "life-changing" experience marketing advertised.

2.0 star rating Ctjed from Hartford, Connecticut


Leaping, swirling, colorful costumes, lots of scarves. Repeat the formula again and again ... , intermixed with anti Communist propaganda. In comparison to Cirque du Soleil, these guys are amateurs. Advertising promises a performance that will touch your soul. The only thing touched was my wallet.

2.0 star rating Patrice from Costa Mesa, California


I was so excited to see Shin Yun after watching the commercials each year. I couldn’t wait to watch the dancers fly through the air effortlessly. Mannnn was I so disappointed. I spent $230 on two tickets only to walk out during the intermission and we were not the only ones that left. I gave 2 stars for the female dancers and their costumes. Yes the female’s costumes were gorgeous and bursting with color, but after the first 45 mins, I was bored. I kept waiting and hoping the show to “pickup”. I kept waiting for the excitement the commercials gave me every time I saw them. Nothing of the kind happened for me! The best part was the female dancers in their beautiful costumes but even they seem to run out of steam or repeat many of same moves with each scene. There were no surprises and no climatic moments. The male dancers were totally boring and performed a lot of backflips across the stage like gymnasts. Definitely not worthy of $130 per ticket. The CGI screen was actually cool but not attention grabbing enough to keep me interested for 2 hours. For each scene, they had narrators come out and tell you the story of what you were about to see next. I found this constant interruption weird and disruptive. You don’t need a narrative when you go to the opera which is often in another language. Whyyyyyy do they think we need an explanation for each of the approx. 20 dance sequences. Obviously, the outtakes they use for the commercials wasn’t the show I just watched. I've read they create a new show each year, but whomever created today’s show has nowhere near the vision and exciting choreography shown in the commercials. This was not my cup of tea, not at all the high level of artistry I was expecting and unfortunately an expensive lesson learned.

1.0 star rating CFD from Chicago, Illinois


Really!? Shen Yun shows how effective marketing can be. How many times in a show do you want to see performers wave colorful scarfs. My 5 year old Granddaughters recital was more entertaining. High School cheerleading squads are more acrobatic.

2.0 star rating Mad Sto from Madison, Wisconsin


Repetitive. More regimented than skilled or artistic. The first 20 minutes were lovely, but it never got better. We left at intermission.

1.0 star rating Disturbing from Memphis, Tennessee


Horrible!!! Left at intermission!!! I’d like to know who promoted bringing this show locally!!! Someone in our city has very shady ties

1.0 star rating Katie K from San Francisco, California


Shen Yun is run by Falun Dafa, which is a religious group originated in China, The show is heavily based on their religious beliefs, and they say things like Evolution never happened, Darwinism is a joke. The show is cheesy to say the best. Awful production with a huge grainy screen and super edited backgrounds. It is a false advertisement, because they don't say that Shen Yun will impose their religious beliefs on you. All those reviews on their web site are fake AF. Do yourself a favor a read a New Yorker article before spending your $$$ on it.

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