#1166 Oh Ratsy

April 2nd, 2015, 3:32 pm

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Ripping Ratsy's head off so
he could see his facial expression
didn't work out.

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Reply NtKGar, April 2nd, 2015, 4:02 pm



Went to see a showcase of Chinese dance in the Convention Center in town last week. It was a touring group called Shen Yun. Kind of a tour of the history and mythology of China through the medium of dance, with a couple of numbers about how you shouldn't trust a fucking word the Chinese government tells you.

Standard showcase formula, the curtain went down between dances and the hosts would come out to tell you about the next dance. Fantastic orchestra, and some really impressive and athletic choreography. Lots of stuff with long sleeves and handkerchiefs and the like making dynamic flowing mandalas of synchronised human motion. Some of the dances were stories, some of them were just dances, it was all very skillfully done and beautiful to observe.

There were a couple of bits about Falun Dafa that pulled me out of it a bit. The music and dancing were of the same high standard as the rest of the show, but the outfits were very mormon-looking, which was out of kilter with the rest of the costumes in the show (which had kind of a live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender feel to them. Not the live-action film, a live-action version of the cartoon, so, y'know...good.)

Shen Yun tours all over the world, except in China, where they're not allowed on account of the whole Falun Gong thing. While I'm uncomfortable with religious messaging, I find the idea of a dance troupe in exile on account of their religious beliefs wonderfully romantic.

The reality of it is somewhat baffling though.

The whole Falun Gong / Falun Dafa movement is a modern practice, first taught publicly by Li Hongzhi in Northeast China in the spring of 1992 (thanks, Wikipedia) drawing on buddhist philosophy and introducing a bunch of new physical meditation techniques. Fairly harmless stuff, as far as I can gather. However, they didn't want to sign up to some government messaging body in the 90s and were declared a menace to the state. Quite an interesting story really, parts of it remind me of one that's quite well known here in the west.

I thought *America* was Rome. Huh. Maybe they can be Carthage.

Anyway, luckily the falun dafa story had the alternative moral of 'My Ass Looks Fantastic In These Slacks', which I can take as an intentional part of the message because it's Art and I can do what I like with it.

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Reply willky7, April 3rd, 2015, 6:16 am

I didn't exactly understand the dialouge but sure.
(its not rape if you yell suprise)

Reply GDA, April 3rd, 2015, 7:53 am

He's getting smaller. He must be coming down. Either that or he made himself smaller. Whatever.

Reply vlad (Guest), April 3rd, 2015, 2:01 pm

oh dear... you know what this means don't you? hes gonna go attack remmy for another fix! I don't see this ending well (although it should be very funny anyway)

Reply Agen (Guest), April 6th, 2015, 11:39 am

Curious, is Poe going to ZAP! the old guy too?

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