Falun Gong's Shen Yun Show: a Surprisingly political performance
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Since: Aug 11
#1 Jan 15, 2013
I went to this performance because I wanted to see traditional Chinese dance. Although it wasn't highlighted in the promotional materials for the event, I knew that the performance was sponsered by Falun Dafa (a religious group banned in China). Still, I was shocked by the overtly political dances that were interspersed throughout the program. Out of maybe 20 dances, there were 3 that included a Falun Dafa practitioner murdered by Chinese policemen. What disturbed me most was the final number, when, after a protester was killed in a public square by policemen in a large Chinese city, a tsunami appeared on the screen and wiped out most of the skyscrapers in the city's skyline.
In general, the performance seemed geared toward families (or maybe school field trips), with a man and a woman coming on stage after each performance to introduce the next dance, tell a bit about Chinese culture, or make a painfully corny joke. The educational slant to the performance makes the tsunami (which appeared to be divine retribution against China's communist government), all the more incongruous and uncomfortable. There were a number of dances that were quite beautiful and entertaining, but that disturbing final dance has made it difficult to remember the parts I enjoyed.
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