Shen Yun Performing Arts at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

23 Mar

Last night I took my mom to Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to see Shen Yun Performing Arts (神韻藝術團) show. We thought it was Chinese traditional dance show, but it was actually not all about arts, and more about the religion Falun Gong (法輪功)…

It was our first time to Music Center in Downtown LA. This place is beautiful. Very nice courtyard with artsy statues and water fountains.

I hate their parking lot though. It has a very steep and narrow exit that goes around and around and around for like 7 levels. And with that many cars going out from this little exit, of course there would be traffic. I didn’t mind the traffic going out so much. But had to stop and go, stop and go, on that steep hill going around wasn’t fun at all.

We were really looking forward to the show before. Shen Yun was selling their program for $5, but we didn’t think it was necessary to spend that money. It was a little confusing to find our seats. We had to take elevator to the 3rd floor for the higher balcony seats.

No photo allowed during the performance. The show was about 2 hours long with 15 minutes intermission. They did a number of dances with colorful costumes. The dances were entertaining, but it got really repetitive with the same movements. About half way through the show, I started getting bored watching the same dances just with different costumes. The were a host and hostess talking in both Chinese and English between every acts. Besides dancing, there was also some singing. They sang in Chinese about Falun Gong. The host/hostess talked about Falun Gong. The dancers danced about Falun Gong. The did a few numbers of how China government tried to put Falun Gong members in jail to beat them, or breaking up families, and how the gods came down to protect the Falun Gong members, and take the deads to heaven. They had big writing on the back screen on stage saying “Falun Gong is Good” (法輪大功好). So we had no idea that was what the show was all about. Honestly, the religions thing was a big big turn off for my mom and I. We were just there to watch Chinese culture arts, not there to learn about this religion.

We didn’t like the show. Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against this religion. I do believe people should have the freedom to choose their religion. But I don’t like how they falsely used “Chinese culture arts” to lure people to the performances to learn about their religion. I did enjoy the dancing parts, but the religion thing was too much for us. I will never go to their performance again.

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