The show was not cheap: 45 euros a seat
Critics are very good:
- Newspapers talk about a great show
- An advertising campaign in Paris subway leaves no doubt: this show is a master piece
To me, Shen Yun is unremarkable:
- Costumes are nice but nothing out of ordinary if you have ever been to Paris Opera for instance
- The setting is simply a video projected on a white screen
- The show has not logical sequence. It is a succession of dance and songs. No logic links the different shows.
- Dances are rather unremarkable. In China you can see similar dances even from amateurs or on the street!
Shen Yun, a big mass for Falung gong
I came to see a Chinese danse and songs show!
I found myself in a "falung gong mass":
- About 1/3 of the show are songs and speeches telling you that falung gong is good or that the red demon should crumble
- Behind a row of spectators, one or more Chinese clap and cheer every five minutes!
- At first I was surprised to notice that many Chinese people came for the show. In fact I understood that most of them are falung gong members...
- At the interlude we receive some contact sheets... no thanks you I won't give my contact details to the falung gong!
- While reading the program I realized that all the dancers and singers have been to the same school "Fei Tian New York academy of arts"
Falung gong proselytism is skilfully hidden:
- The show puts forward "Chinese traditionnal culture", "5000 years of civilization". It pretends to be a presentation of Chinese culture! Thus it attracts many spectators. The show then tells you about falung gong and tries to have you join falung gong. I wonder why the Chinese government doesn't have its own official danse show!
- The show has the support of medias. In the program leaflet advertisements for: BFM TV, New Tang Dynastie Television, Arts sacrés, Epoch Times. I wonder why so many medias support this show? Shen yun pays for this? or did they somehow managed to show themselves as a defender of human rights in China? Or are there many falung gong practicioners in many institutions?