Shen Yun - Segerstrom Center for the Arts - March 12, 2014
|Image taken from the promotional video of Shen Yun.|
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.