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Re: “Vermont Stage Finds New Home in Renovated Black Box Theatre

glad for the update to the theater- it was an uncomfortable and unfriendly space- for actors and patrons alike.
Figure out the bathrooms too-that would be a plus.
Vermont Stage will bring some life into the building, and exciting that so many new plays can be considered for the company
good luck and break many legs!

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Posted by Sean Moran 1 on 08/23/2018 at 7:10 AM

Re: “The Story Behind Lavish Chinese Dance Extravaganza Shen Yun

Shen Yun, a performing arts company founded in 2006, gradually expanded over the years and their tours around the world are in the name of traditional Chinese culture, but have been controversial in China. It is regarded as a microphone of Falun Gong in China, engaged in the anti-government propaganda. After viewing the performance of Shen Yun, some audiences in western country assumed that it carried a rude political motive with a low artistic level.
After the intermission, everything was crystal clear. Shen Yun is nothing more than a podium for Falun Dafa/Falun Gong.
On March 26, 2017, Michael Duell, a reader from Phoenix, Arizona, wrote a letter to azcentral.com after watching the show, which referred to Falun Gong Shen Yun perform was a deceptive show, and argued that Shen Yun was behind the show, and the so-called art director, was the leader of Falun Gong, Hongzhi Li with an alias of D.F.. He said: After the intermission, everything was crystal clear. Shen Yun is nothing more than a podium for Falun Dafa/Falun Gong.

Posted by Fanlong Li on 05/28/2018 at 2:58 AM

Re: “The Story Behind Lavish Chinese Dance Extravaganza Shen Yun

Shen Yun exhibits the pure Chinese classical dance form through telling stories from far back in history to modern day China. The fact that the show displays an ongoing cruel and unjustified persecution of millions of Falun Gong adherents in China in a couple of numbers is by no means wrong. For a lot of these dancers that is a personal story since some of them lost their family members in the persecution. I don't think they do it for political reasons or that behind their show is a desire to have an influence in Chinese politics. Let me ask all of you here, if you were an artist and your father or mother or a friend were imprisoned, tortured or killed for doing nothing wrong but on the contrary being good people, wouldn't you share that story through your art? Does it mean that you have a political agenda or you simply want your story to be heard and the most basic human right to believe upheld?
When it comes to talking about Falun Gong, please be responsible. Falun Gong doesn't charge it's adherents money, doesn't have any hierarchical structure, doesn't have any membership roosters, has it's materials available online for free and has won tons of awards both in China and overseas for it's physical and moral benefits. Mr. Li Hongzhi has been nominated for Nobel peace prize a number of times as well. People can come and go as they please and practice on their own if they wish and still benefit the same from it. How can you call that a cult? So, if something doesn't resonate with someone's personal notions or beliefs it should automatically be labeled as wrong and demonized?

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Posted by Nemanja Rebic on 03/22/2018 at 1:23 PM

Re: “Theater Review: 'Sense & Sensibility,' Lost Nation Theater

Thanks for pointing that out, Jason! We've corrected it.

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Posted by Andrea Suozzo on 10/22/2017 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Theater Review: 'Sense & Sensibility,' Lost Nation Theater

Great review...but it's Erin Galligan-Baldwin, not Gallagher.

Posted by Jason G-b on 10/22/2017 at 8:48 AM

Re: “Theater Review: 'The Exonerated,' UVM Theatre

How can an article like this mess up so bad as to claim something so utterly false. Kerry Max COok NEVER EVER slept with the woman he is accused of murdering. What he claims later on(after he repeatedly denied even knowing her) was that she invited this pervert in to her apartment to "neck"(his words) That was it.
This man is a cold hearted killer. The fact you would screw something up in this article that is so off proves you did not do your research. Kerry Max Cook never slept with his victim. Edit, and clean it up. Atrocious to even make such claims.

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Posted by D F on 10/17/2017 at 2:02 PM

Re: “Theater Review: 'The Exonerated,' UVM Theatre

get your facts straight. Kerry Max Cook NEVER EVER EVER slept with a woman who he was later accused of murdering. he claims they "necked" meaning she gave him hickeys. If this article can't even get facts straights, then you shouldn't be writing anything about someone who truly is a goddamn killer. Kerry Max COok never knew the victim get it straight. Disgusting.

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Posted by D F on 10/17/2017 at 2:00 PM

Re: “Theater Review: 'Fun Home,' Vermont Stage

This production was fantastic. The performance by Elise Killian as Middle Allison was particularly wonderful - every note of Changing My Major was pitch perfect, and it really electrified the room. John Jensen's Bruce was also a standout - the vibrato in his voice was just right and his mannerisms were perfection.

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Posted by stellaquarta on 10/16/2017 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Girls Nite Out Takes a Leap With 'Ripcord'

Thanks for reporting that, Abbie. It's all fixed now. Apologies!

Posted by Don Eggert on 10/05/2017 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Girls Nite Out Takes a Leap With 'Ripcord'

Pssst... my last name is misspelled in one spot. Tykocki, not Tycocki. Thanks for the amazing preview!!!

Posted by BurlingtonTelecom on 10/05/2017 at 5:06 AM

Re: “The Story Behind Lavish Chinese Dance Extravaganza Shen Yun

A recent Freedom House report on religious freedom in China reads (p. 110), "Throughout the early and mid-1990s, Falun Gong, its practitioners, and founder Li Hongzhi enjoyed substantial government support and positive coverage in state media. Some state media reports from that period laud the health benefits of Falun Gong practice and show adherents receiving healthy citizen awards. In an event that would be unimaginable today, Mr. Li gave a lecture at the Chinese embassy in Paris in 1995, at the governments invitation."

The National Sports Commission of China, and former Chairman of People' Congress Qiao Shi, launched two separate investigations into Falun Gong in 1998. Both investigations praised the benefit of Falun Gong. The head investigator of the first one, Qiu Yucai, declared on Oct. 20, 1998 that, Were convinced the exercises and effects of Falun Gong are excellent. It has done an extraordinary amount to improve societys stability and ethics. This should be duly affirmed.

The "cult" label only appeared in party discourse in October 1999, 3 months after the crackdown against Falun Gong. This suggests that the term was applied retroactively to justify a violent campaign that was provoking international and domestic criticism. David Ownby, a leading scholar on Chinese religions, notes:

"The entire issue of the supposed cultic nature of Falun Gong was a red herring from the beginning, cleverly exploited by the Chinese state to blunt the appeal of Falun Gong and the effectiveness of the groups activities outside China."

There is a clear scholarly consensus (such as by David Ownby, and Ian Johnson who won the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on Falun Gong) that Falun Gong does not fit the definition of a "cult."

And for someone that have not seen the show, he has no qualification to criticize it.

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Posted by Fight for fair Journalism on 09/11/2017 at 11:06 PM

Re: “Theater Review: 'Miracle on South Division Street,' Saint Michael's Playhouse

How does Dan Bolles find the time to star in a play? By the way, there should be a disclosure about that.

Posted by The Oracle on 07/12/2017 at 11:11 AM

Re: “The Story Behind Lavish Chinese Dance Extravaganza Shen Yun

Over two thousand Vermonters plus audiences from other States and country saw Shen Yun in the Flynn Theater on March 25. I was one among them. Many of us were moved to tears by the stories of persecution on Falun Gong practitioners by the Chinese Communist regime acted out and danced to music so succinctly and powerfully yet so artistically and tastefully.

Throughout the entire two hours, what I experienced has been nothing but peace and harmony, beauty and goodness, fun and laughter, joy and sadness, and a whole lot more that human words cannot express adequately.

So, it was a shock to my system to read Ken Picards article that purports to be about the show but largely flings dirt at Falun Gong as a cult and its founder Li as evil.

(If an evil cult can produce such a show, Id say: WHAT A CULT!)

Picards article has me wondering what are his and Seven Days motivation and hidden agenda that appear to go all out to smear a show so welcomed all over the world and for the past decade!

(I have to ask: WHY?)

Picards article was published three days before show time. How many people were turned away and missed the rare opportunity to be impacted by a show that has finally arrived at Vermont?

What a great disservice this one man and this one free newspaper have done to the community? I believe Picard and Seven Days owe us an apology, at the least.

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Posted by SYFan on 03/29/2017 at 3:34 PM

Re: “The Story Behind Lavish Chinese Dance Extravaganza Shen Yun

If your goal is only to be a millionaire, why bother with a "lavish" and complicated production? It just does't add up. Your not going to go through all that trouble and daily work just to make a few milliion dollars which he was before the show even started because he has been in the US since 1992.

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Posted by Christopher Jordan O'Neill on 03/28/2017 at 1:41 PM

Re: “The Story Behind Lavish Chinese Dance Extravaganza Shen Yun

Just chiming in as a non cult robot. Thanks for the article Ken!

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Posted by Ben Maddox on 03/28/2017 at 9:34 AM

Re: “The Story Behind Lavish Chinese Dance Extravaganza Shen Yun

Dear MaineVIsitor, Austin, Sean Cronin and DeeBEE - The reason some of the people who you see trying to get people to go to the show seem pushy is because they are normal average people with not a lot of experience - just volunteer passion from Chinese folks who have not outgrown their CCP brainwashing yet. Think about it - people are going to be different when they grow up being repressed by the Chinese Communist Party. But their hearts are in the right place.

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Posted by Christopher Jordan O'Neill on 03/28/2017 at 12:40 AM

Re: “The Story Behind Lavish Chinese Dance Extravaganza Shen Yun

I've enjoyed watching Shen Yun for years, almost from its very inception.

I think this performance does a great deal to heal the world. I am sure our world needs more of this beauty, purity, and inspiration presented by Shen Yun.

Every time upon leaving the theater after the performance, I was amazed by the theatergoers' reactions: their faces glowing with excitement, many had tears in their eyes -- all audience around me was overjoyed.

I want to give just one example of a sincere reaction to the performance given by The Honorable David Kilgour, a retired Member of the Parliament of Canada, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, renowned author and human rights advocate, who was happy to see Shen Yun Performing Arts again, at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in CA on March 12, 2017.

"It's the best show I've ever seen, said Mr. Kilgour. "The costumes, the dancing, the singing, the technical things were simply the best I've seen."

Mr. Kilgour said he has seen most of Shen Yuns performances over the past seven or eight years, and that the show keeps exceeding his expectations.

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/560929-david-kilgour-shen-yun-is-simply-the-best-ive-seen/


I am really shocked that a reporter with a pile of rewords from a very respected newspaper could write a very negative article without even ONCE seeing a performance!

No wonder many people do not trust our media anymore!

I want to ask those who have never seen Shen Yun performance before to not rely on the article above.

If you want to see Shen Yun, please attend the performance and make a conclusion yourself, not based on a biased article with a very obvious agenda behind it.

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Posted by Nataly on 03/27/2017 at 1:15 PM

Re: “The Story Behind Lavish Chinese Dance Extravaganza Shen Yun

I have seen Shen Yun 5-6 times and Shen Yun is entirely different from what the article seems to suggest. Its mission is to revive 5000 years of Chinese culture, and they do it with absolute elegance. The show exhibits different ethnic dance that are absolutely graceful and different Chinese stories from 5000 years of history. Many of my friends have seen Shen Yun and they absolutely love it. Dancing and music is a form of expression. Shen Yun is just using art as a form to express the real Chinese Culture, the traditional values, which includes contemporary stories. The show is beautiful and it always brings me to tears after watching it. I bought tickets for my grandma to watch this year. She really liked the show. It is so sad to hear that some people can't appreciate the art form that is unique to Shen Yun.

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Posted by Patrick Tai on 03/27/2017 at 9:25 AM

Re: “The Story Behind Lavish Chinese Dance Extravaganza Shen Yun

I regularly see opera and theater in my hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. When I saw Shen Yun for the first time, I was blown away by the marvelous quality of the performers, the music, the costumes, and the 5000 years of ancient, divinely inspired culture that was magically brought to life in front of me. It was incredibly touching. It is obvious to me that the author has not seen Shen Yun, because his article entirely misses point of the performance, which is to revive and celebrate the higher, universal principles of truthfulness and compassion that exist throughout history, at the core of all societies, and in every human heart.

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Posted by John Perry on 03/26/2017 at 11:16 PM

Re: “The Story Behind Lavish Chinese Dance Extravaganza Shen Yun

I totally disagree with this article. Every Shen Yun show I have seen exudes the need for us to be united in goodness and morals....something much needed today. It's a breath of fresh air for anyone who is into true entertainment. The people that I have talked to about it have said nothing but good things about it also. Mostly the beautiful colors and amazing music. But also that it's so uplifting and brings a sense of hope to the world. Nobody should miss it. The reviews (aside from this one) have been amazing. The people who walk away from this show are absolutely amazed by it, like I am. This article was in such stark contrast to what I saw and what so many people have experienced that it was almost odd. But at the least very shocking that they got such negative things from it....weird.

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Posted by Diana Foley Molovinsky on 03/26/2017 at 11:06 PM

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