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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.
A bit disappointed from Jackson, Mississippi
BEAUTIFUL COSTUMES AND SETS, TOO POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS, B-TEAM DANCERS?
The advertisements showed incredible dancing, which I don't believe we really saw. The visuals were lovely, but I felt like it was far too political and religious--and not advertised as such.
I did like the creative props and especially the water sleeve dance! Awesome. The Chinese are very lovely people.
Anonymous from Boston, Massachusetts
CHINA BEFORE COMMUNISM
I like it just wish there was narrative happening cause it got confusing. The show lasted for about 2hours I think it was worth the money. They didn't do much acrobatics and epic stuff just telling a story with scarfs, sleeves, running, facial expressions and fans. My daughter started crying because someone came up to her 10 minutes after she took a photo for memory sake and rudely asked her to delete it disrupting everyone around us and hung over our shoulder until we deleted it.
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!
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.
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,
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
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