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Shen Yun Performing Arts Reviews

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Average customer review: 2.5 star rating (2.4 Stars)

Number of reviews: 201



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


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.

1.0 star rating Alberto Silva from Miami, Florida


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


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 Anatoliy Krougliak from Venice, Florida


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


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 Whitney from Norfolk, Virginia


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


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.

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