7:30 pm Friday-Saturday, Jan. 17-18; 2 pm Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 18-19., Friday January 17 | $60-$150.
Like clockwork, fliers for Shen Yun’s show start appearing every October around town like Chinese takeout menus. But what this group is peddling, other than dazzling costumes and traditional Chinese dance, is some heavy-handed political-religious propaganda. The group is presented by the Oregon Falun Dafa Association, which promotes the Falun Gong spiritual movement founded in China in 1992 and later suppressed by the government. The association isn’t good about promoting the show to the independent press, but critics in other cities have given mixed reviews to the dancing. Worse, between dance segments, narrators talk to the audience in no uncertain terms about the movement’s tenets and its followers’ persecution. An opera singer at one point apparently belts the words “evolution is evil.” The show is said to be at times visually arresting, if you can see past the proselytism—but you probably can’t.
222 SW Clay St.Website: http://www.shenyunperformingarts.org/portland