Shen Yun - Segerstrom Center for the Arts - March 12, 2014

Categories: Culture

Image taken from the promotional video of Shen Yun.
Shen Yun was founded in New York, in 2006, by practitioners of Falun Dafa. Falun Dafa is a spiritual movement that started in 1992, and whereas the traditional religions of China are Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism, Falun Dafa is powerfully promoted throughout the narratives of Shen Yun's show -- as is an overt portrayal of Communist China as an evil empire that needs to be destroyed (towards the end of the show, Buddha influences a tidal wave to come and demolish Shanghai -- which seems rather un-Buddha-like).

The show is very well-produced, and it is evident that Shen Yun's creators were principally driven by a desire to create an epic showcase. They succeed on some levels; viewers who aren't bothered by the Falun Dafa proselytizing will likely enjoy the spectacle as they would a show like Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom on Ice. People well-versed in traditional Chinese music and dancing will either see this show as a touching nod to their cultural heritage or as a facade which pays lip service to it. For the rest of us, there's a chance that we may either come out of this show with a genuine interest in learning more about Falun Dafa and its central tenets: Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance; or, perhaps, we'll be inclined to investigate why the People's Republic of China has genuinely singled out Falun Dafa adherents (amongst citizens who practice any other religion in China) as a threat to be dealt with severely.

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Segerstrom Center for the Arts

600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA

Category: Music

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