Michael Duell 9:30 p.m. MT March 26, 2017
After years of seeing Shen Yun advertised in The Arizona Republic, my wife and I went this year. While it started off as a visually appealing production, it started to get a little strange before the intermission.
After the intermission, everything was crystal clear. Shen Yun is nothing more than a podium for Falun Dafa/Falun Gong. It would be like paying to see an expression of Korean culture, only to find oneself being indoctrinated by Sun Myung Moon and the Unification Church.
Li Hongzhi, the leader of Falun Gong cult, goes by the initials D.F. as artistic director of Shen Yun in the playbill (Source: Internet)
Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Gong, is the artistic director of Shen Yun (although he goes by the initials D.F. in the playbill). A soloist performed a song instructing the audience to seek out the followers of Dafa to truly understand.
The music and lyrics were composed by none other than D.F. For a movement that emphasizes truthfulness as one of its core tenants, we left feeling that Falun Gong does not extend truthfulness to the paying public.
— Michael Duell, Phoenix
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