Shen Yun

Dance, Folk and ethnic
1 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)
'Shen Yun' at Dominion Theatre
'Shen Yun' at Dominion Theatre

Time Out says

This explosion of technicoloured choreographic kitsch from New York is a celebration of centuries of China's history. Classical Chinese dance, vast panoramic backdrops and live orchestral compositions combine to create an immaculate, pastel-bright homage to 5,000 years of civilisation.



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My wife and I saw this at the Apollo in Hammersmith  last night. I wish I had had seen these reviews before we bought the tickets. Dancing repetitive and average choreography. Live music the same which is a shame as the largely Caucasian orchestra were not given any range to play. The two solo singers were awful with no pitch with an average pianist. No real acrobatics or circus skills even attempted. We were told that the Shen Yun is based in New York and now has six travelling groups and is banned in China. Not surprising given its strong anti-Communist rhetoric. The organisers do not seem to understand that the British do not fear Communism like the Americans do and indeed the morning - 28 April 2019- the headlines are that a considerable number of the House of Lords are regularly accepting "red" money from China and Russia. Indeed, when I visited China recently most of the cities could pass for any industrialised Western city with bullet trains, electronics we can only dream of. Everyone in the UK and even the US would give their right arm to have more sales to China. The crude political message in this otherwise grossly overrated  and monotonous show,  has no place in today's world. Indeed the Shen Yin's anti-LBGT message would in many circumstances have led to a ban in London. Over to you Mayor Khan??

Seen Shen Yun last night in London and walked out during the intermission. The show is political propaganda for the Falun Gong/ Falun Dafa religion while it masquerades as a Chinese version of Cirque du Soleil. It starts as expected and 20 minutes in it turns political and religious, with the portrayal of beatings, communists prisons and an all divine saviour. It is super clumsy and preachy. Don't waste your money!! Stay far far away. 

This show looks gorgeous but is very repetitive as in they do a somersault and then do that same somersault again and again in each number. I think I was expecting a lot more, a bit more cirque du solei type moves but instead it was just a few somersaults and lots of ladies dancing in a line. A tad yawn after about 2 numbers as those numbers just repeated for the following numbers. It was also odd that there were compares that appeared after each dance to make twee comments. It felt like I’d stepped in to Eurovision from the 70s. So cheesey.

I did enjoy elements of this but ult8mateky it was definitely not worth the ticket price

From the trailer for the show I was expecting the Chinese version of Cirque Du Soleil - in fact I sacrificed my annual treat there for this and bought tickets for my parents as a Christmas present. Shen Yun had great costumes and cleverly used film on stage but that's all the positives I can say about this show. It had constant preachy messaging and was too political. I was hoping to see a mix of skills like acrobatics and martial arts but it was mainly music and dance. Unfortunately the quality of the latter was "meh". For the same price ticket you could see a really good ballet. I can't help feel the trailer and website mis-sold the show to me. It was embarrassing that I brought my parents to this.

I strongly recommend avoiding this show. Disappointingly, Shen Yun is nothing like it is advertised to be. There is very little traditional Chinese culture in the whole show. The costumes are mediocre, as compared to what you see in China, and the show is far less spectacular and acrobatic than expected. The level of the performance is quite low despite the very high price of the tickets. The orchestra contains only 3 traditional Chinese instruments, the rest is western. Having been a regular audience of both Chinese and Italian opera all my life, I can confidently say that there is no Chinese traditional singing in the soprano ‘s performance. On the contrary, she is singing the praise of a modern syncretic religious cult, Falun Dafa, claiming that the apocalypse is near and that their faithfuls can acquire skills like telepathy, precognition, levitation and “divine sight”. Banners stating “Falun Dafa is good “ and evil communist police, in black jackets with red sickle and hammer on the back, beating, torturing and killing gentle Falun Dafa followers (but don’t worry, divine entities dressed in white consistently turn up and bring the poor victims back to life) appear throughout the show, in a clumsy attempt of generic anti chinese government propaganda of such a childish level that insults the intelligence of a person of average IQ. The show programme is equally politicised and anti-China. Suspiciously, the artistic director ‘s name is concealed in his initials only: D.F. (Coincidentally, the same initials of the cult’s name). Avoid at all costs,

This play is performed by what appears to be a religious cult and is rife with anti-government and religious propaganda. I would honestly recommend avoiding it at all costs.