Fred Kavli Theatre | Thousand Oaks, California
On Thursday, March 16th, 2023, the Shen Yun Performing Arts comes to the Fred Kavli Theatre. The Shen Yun Performing Arts is a United States-based performing arts and entertainment company. The company was founded in 2006 and tours and entertains throughout the States and internationally. The show is based around old Chinese cultures and traditional dance routines, emanating from a time before Communist rule. Seven performing companies make up the group of Shen Yun Performing arts, with a total of nearly 480 performers. As at the end of 2010, nearly 10 million people had watched the performances.
Founded in 2006, the group of Shen Yun is composed of seven performing arts companies. Each company consists of about 40 male and female dance performers and musicians, totaling a massive 480 performers. Since 2010, Shen Yun have performed in front of 10 million people in over 130 cities, internationally. Each touring company’s show comprises mainly classical and old Chinese traditional dances, making full use of acrobatic and tumbling techniques. The group states the purpose of the Shen Yun company is to revive the old and lost Chinese culture traditions from a time before Communist rule.
Although Shen Yun is based in the United States and registered as a non-profit performing arts and entertainment company, the 2018 and 2019 performances attracted its share of controversy. The shows unfortunately included negative lyrics and digital displays, attracting criticism from audiences and critics for promoting sectarian doctrines and negative views toward evolution, atheism, and homosexuality. Many reviewers complained of the misrepresentation of the advertising, saying that in the end the shows “felt more like propaganda than straightforwardly presented cultural heritage”. With the revival of the shows after Covid, it is hoped this negativity may have been changed.
The Chinese government and considers the group to be an "anti-society cult", and as such Shen Yun has been banned from performing in China.