WASHINGTON—Robert Alario and his daughter took a much-deserved break from their business trip to attend Shen Yun Performing Arts on Sunday, at Kennedy Center Opera House.
“We’re here on business, and we took tonight off to just relax, and this was a wonderful way to do it,” said Mr. Alario who attended the Feb. 4 afternoon Shen Yun performance with his daughter Mitzi Alario.
“It was lovely; we really liked it,” said Ms. Alario, VP for business development at Iberia Marine Services.
Mr. Alario is the managing member of Alario & Associates, L.L.C., a highly specialized marine management consulting firm, and formerly the Chairman and President of the Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA), the national trade association representing the offshore support vessel industry.
He was very impressed with Shen Yun’s depiction of traditional Chinese culture, saying its story-based dance was a very accessible way to express the depth and profundity of ancient Chinese philosophy.
“They have a facility of making it simplistic so you can appreciate it from a very basic level,” he said.
“You can see that the culture goes way back, and I think the presentations were done so that the population can enjoy it, and not just the upper class—it was able to be absorbed and digested from that point of view, from the cultural point of view.”
Ms. Alario agreed with her father and said though Shen Yun’s stories were taken from Chinese culture and history, the themes had a very universal quality.
“You can see that we all have the same thoughts and depth, [cherishing] the greater God, the good of all,” she said.
New York-based Shen Yun is a world-renowned classical Chinese dance and music company. Formed in 2006 by overseas Chinese artists, the show is independent of the Chinese communist regime and seeks to revive 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture.
Ms. Alario was stunned by the grace and beauty of the female dancers, whose steps were timed to the music of Shen Yun’s orchestra, which incorporates traditional Chinese instruments.
“The women are so feminine, and the music was very soothing, and uplifting,” she said. “It was beautiful, incredibly graceful.”
“Extraordinary, so graceful, so synchronized, impeccably done,” added Mr. Alario.
Reporting by Yang Chen and Justina Wheale.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org
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