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Shen Yun Chinese dancers at Cobb Energy Centre

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A dancer performs with Shen Yun, a Chinese music and dance troupe that comes to Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre this week.

Shen Yun Performing Art, a troupe of Chinese dancers and musicians, has been to Atlanta before, but only this time are they going for the mass market.

But a scathing opinion piece in the Vancouver Sun calls the production “creepy” and the backdrops “garish,” but mostly seems to have a problem with the show’s politics.

I haven’t seen it, but for those who’ve seen it in the past: is it as much spectacle as it the ubiquitous billboards say it is? Did the message matter more than the music and dance?

Here’s a promo video:

Want to go? Shen Yun performs. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16, 2 p.m. Jan. 17. $39-$12o. Cobb Energy Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 770-916-2800, www.cobbenergycentre.com.

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Tim

August 5th, 2010
11:15 am

@Pam
I’m surprised you say you’ve had an interest in Chinese culture and history for years. Chinese culture is inherently very spiritual. You cannot disassociate Chinese culture with Taoist or Buddhist principles. The ancients in China have always advocated virtue and following the Dao or the Fa (Dao = Way and Fa = Law). It’s about composing with the natural forces and being in harmony with the Law of the Universe. Chinese legends are full of immortal deities and supernatural phenomena. If as an atheist you are offended by such principles and see then as being “preachy”, then I think maybe Chinese culture is not for you.. I saw the show simply as a show reviving those ancient traditional elements from a Chinese culture that has been suppressed since the cultural revolution. The show portrayed different groups or people who have claimed to follow the Dao or Fa and cultivated their virtue throughout history in China: this included Buddhists, Tibetans, Daoists and Falun Gong practitioners. I thought the show was a refreshing spiritual experience, and as a fan of chinese culture, I had they did an excellent job of portraying it. I am going to have to disagree with the comments posted above.

Cheers