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Taking a fresh look at 'Shen Yun'

"Shen Yun," the Chinese dance spectacle that has been blanketing Western New York businesses and homes with promotional material for the past few months, is returning to Shea's Performing Arts Center on May 9 and 10.

Those interested in attending should note both the required dress code -- "business attire or evening wear" -- and the price points, which range from $83 to $153.

The show, produced by a group with connections to the spiritual organization known as Falun Gong, has earned mixed reviews for its combination of ancient Chinese dance with religious messaging.

It's been a while since we took a look at the show, so stay tuned for a reevaluation of the piece when it comes to Buffalo.

In the meantime, look back at our previous (admittedly critical) coverage of "Shen Yun," its background, and its immense marketing machine. Because so few negative reviews of "Shen Yun" are out there, and because the organization works so hard to minimize negative exposure, The News' take on "Shen Yun" has been referenced by other publications, as well as translated and discussed on Chinese message boards.

A look back:

Played for fools 'Shen Yun' nothing more than hype and propaganda

In return to Buffalo, ‘Shen Yun’ raises red flags

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