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Other than the political, repetitive dance, would been a nice production but not on Radio City – We went on the 24th on 2009 with my wife and parents. We did the whole asian theme by going to Ruby Foo first, yes, I know it was an americanized asian place. The show was alright, but way too much political messages, and arkward opera singers. The best parts were the the drums (short screen time), the lady who played the voilin like instruments (2 strings), and the fan dance. Otherwise, everything else was too political. A New Year show with guys dressed in black killing a husband and pushing the mom and daughter around, and the prison scene.. really now, do we need that in a colorful show. I always picture the Chinese performancers as precise, accurate, fun to watch, but after watching the same thing for 2+ hrs, you do see a lot of flaws and imperfection. there may be professional dancers in the show, but if the supporting cast can't be in rythm then it throws everything off. wasn't worth paying a $100. also, what's up with the strict rules on camera especially if i'm allow to take pictures at the other radio city's performances. what i mean are random group shots with us, but if they see you with a camera beware the full court press is on you. overall, would prefer watching it on dvd. it was nothing chinese about it per say, but a religious group expressing their views.
Pricey, propaganda show – I?m a Chinese American who appreciates & supports Chinese culture. I bought pricey tickets for the January 2009 NYC show as a New Year present for my parents, believing the marketing ?The most magnificent Chinese New Year celebration in the world!? BOY, WAS IT NOT! This show has talented dancers but the very strong FA LUN GONG message; prevalent thru-out the MANY monotonous dances, and songs is unavoidable. It showcased dances with negative images, full with black, dark figures representing the evil & oppressed. Images of the dying, the dead and the jailed...It isn?t what a Chinese expects at a Lunar New Year celebration. This message send many folks to walk-out midst of show because it?s such an inauspicious way to welcome the New Year. I also purchased these tickets online after a friend told me that my purchase would benefit his child?s school. Anyhow, the online option gave the worst seats for the most cost?yet when you?re in the theater, BLOCKS of seats were left empty for the entire show--seats that were not available online. What a scam! I?m not commenting on the FA LUN GONG here, what was unsatisfactory was I had no idea the religious theme of this show. The official site doesn?t offer clues to help you make an informed choice. If this is your kind of thing, then, you?ll probably think it?s ?The most magnificent Chinese New Year celebration? BUT, for me, it?s a downer. BE WARNED! Make a sound choice. At the end of the show, show reporters interviewed non-Asian patrons for their opinions and I heard compliments on costumes and dances?all are nice... if you?ve never seen such before and don't understand Chinese culture. This show DOESN?T represent the BEST of my culture. My kid asked why we didn?t watch this on Chinese TV--which aired a 4 hour celebration with more pizazz and it?s FREE. Oh, did I mention the electronic backdrop that makes you feel like you were in a video game coupled with the traditional dances? Quite cheesy.
Deceptive Marketing and Overpriced School Performance – Year after year, they promote "true Chinese culture." They claim that the Cultural Revolution wiped out all true Chinese culture and it is their duty and goal in life to study and resurrect it. And they were going to present 5000 years of Chinese Culture and civilization in 2.5 hours. Not once did they mention Falun Gong in their marketing spiels, flyers or any other paraphernalia they were passing out.
All in all, clueless non-Chinese people will enjoy the show, especially if they think ?zen? is cool. But $100/ticket??? Go find your local Chinese School and they?ll put on a similar quality show minus Falun Gong propaganda. Find a college/university?s Chinese New Year show. Better yet, find a dance troupe touring from Taiwan or China.
They asked us to fill out a ridiculous survey during intermission (where do you bank, what cell phone service you use, where do you do your grocery shopping, what kind of car do you drive).
It?s all one big Falun Gong group: NTDTV ? sponsoring tv station promoting Falun Dafa, Divine Performing Arts ? troupe of Falun Gong members trained at the Fei Tian Academy of Arts ? middle-high school of Falun students studying dance, music, arts. What does all this mean? It means you are paying $100+ for a high school performance and funding their Falun agenda.
I avoided campus crusaders when I was in college and I am peeved that I overpaid for a show that was not only sub par in quality but preached to me half the time. True Chinese Culture??? More like 4 over sparkled Chinese opera singers with heinous songs and 15 averagely choreographed and performed dance pieces with an underlying agenda.
Chinese New Year is about happiness and celebrations, not deceptive marketing in order to preach your agenda. Save your money and watch a Chinese New Year Show on TV or just rent the Summer Olympics opening ceremony DVD from the library. It?s much more entertaining, better quality and most of all FREE!
Marketing fraud and low quality – I went there last year and do not recommend going there. This show is deceptive and low quality.
Deceptive because it is billed as being for Chinese culture. I am Chinese and so I was expecting a show about dynasties, the three kingdom times, kung fu, chinese opera -- instead, the main theme was falungong. They say that Falungong is an important part of Chinese culture but that is simply untrue, from both time and influence perspective. When a singer starts singing "Falun dafa is good" repeatedly, you start wondering whether there is a motive to promote falungong.
It is also a low quality show. Perhaps people who have never been to a Chinese cultural show will find the garments and the acts interesting. However, again as a Chinese, this is much of a letdown -- the singing was very much ordinary, and the dancing boring. I agree this is a very subjective evaluation but I think most educated Chinese people will agree that the show's quality does not match the place, venue, and price (I paid $100 per person).
I am not anti-falungong but after being deceived from the marketing of this show -- I have serious doubts about the truthfulness and honesty of this cult.
Very dissapointing – I agree with some of the other negative criticisms. I was expecting something more along the lines of a show you'd see in China or Cirque de Sole here in the states. This was no where close. Overall, it felt like a low budget production. The stage was not decorated in any way, the dances were fairly boring and repetetive, and there was a big religious / political message being repeated throughout the whole show. Definately not worth the $100 per ticket we paid.
Worst show I have ever seen – I took a group of my friends (many of them are not Chinese) to visit China in 2005. We went to various acrobatic and dance shows there. Everyone was thrilled with the performances. My Egyptian friend saw the ads for this show and thought it would be like one of the shows she saw in China. She organized the same group of friends to go see the show. She was also very eager to share with her mom the rich Chinese culture and extravagant showmanship she had witnessed in China, so she took her mom along too. The show turned out to be a big disappointment. It was a political propaganda performed by a team of talentless amateurs, that completely distorted the essence of Chinese arts. Of course the organizer of the show tactically marketed the show as a culture celebration performed by highly professionally trained talents. It was completely deceiving. In the show, it repeatedly emphasized that the number one belief of Fa Lun Gong is being truthful. The organizer just demonstrated the opposite. Fortunately my non-Chinese friends had already experienced the true essence of Chinese culture. Otherwise this show will undoubtedly distort their view about China and 5000 years of Chinese history.
I can understand 4 star comment, but no way 1 star, for this fabulous show – I am a Californian and I watched the show in Radio City Music Hall last week. The show is fabulous, extremely well done. To me, it is no doubt one of the best quality shows I have ever watched. I watched many Hollywood shows and Las Vegas shows. From production point of view, this show is second to none. I could understand people offering 4 star comments depending on their personal taste. But for a 1 star comment, either that guy is blind or crazy, there is no excuse for such a behavior. One should definitely go watching the show in person. This show should not be missed.
a fabulous show – My father and I watched the last Splendor production on Saturday. It was certainly the most entrancing Chinese performance I've ever seen, and I daresay its vivid digital backdrop is unprecedented. My father, a Chinese immigrant born during WWII, said he was exhilarated to see a show that depicts our ancestral land in its majestic splendor and free of communism, at last. He said the Splendor starkly contrasts past Chinese shows he had seen, most of which extolled Mao or the Chinese Communist Party.
This performance was refreshing and edifying. My father even shed tears during a few of the poignant numbers. We'll definitely watch it again next year.
Cheesy, cheap school-like production - and you are contributing financially to a political cause without knowing it! – We attended the NY production 02/09 in NY (Radiocity). Glad we paid discount $58 with half off the second ticket. Silly dialogues from commentators, cheesy "tech digital" background, bad performances, costumes seem to be from Chinatown, not really any acrobatics as advertised and most importantly this is a Falung Dafa production with several political messages. Which by the way I might not oppose but they should have mentioned when we bought the tickets. Several songs _ Dafa is good and going on and on and on... - about the bad Chinese government and oppression. This was suppose to be Chinese New Year production and had NOTHING to do with Chinese New Year. How did end up politicized I have no idea. Couple of people left half way - and yes, some Asian too! Also, some of Chinese 12th century soldiers were dressed up as 15th century European musketeers, Buddha had blue hair and it also included Korean dancing. Cheesy and cheap is the least I can say for the show.
I am dissapointed that unintentionally I have financially contributed in a political organization. Shame on Radiocity that does not inform us what are we going to see. Too bad for the venue, I guess they have decided to be political these days...
Authentic Chinese culture and legends right here on Broadway – This show catapulted the majesty of the Tang Dynasty and legends of ancient China under Broadway?s limelight.
The curtains open with the elaborate dance ?Creation? that recounts the legendary origin of the Tang Dynasty. Emperor Tang and his subjects are depicted as Buddhas who had descended from the heavens with a mission to bring goodness to mankind. The vaunted digital backdrop immediately proves its worth. Three-dimensional golden palaces sit amidst drifting clouds. Iridescent colors richly saturate Radio City's gigantic movie screen. Tree branches sway, rivers flow, and waterfalls splash.
In addition, videos of real, moving actors are seamlessly embedded in the computer generated dynamic landscape. With perfect timing, dancers emerge on stage from the corner where their animated counterparts just disappeared. On other occasions, animated actors soar across the backdrop from where real actors vanished in the mist seconds earlier.
A caveat: Falun Dafa?s spiritual elements protrude in some of the numbers, but they resonated well with my girl-friend?s and my Buddhist upbringing. From what we know of China?s history, Buddhist and Taoist philosophies had always influenced the land and its people, until the Commies took over. So you can surely get a glimpse of the spiritual China from this show.
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