Shen Yun’s Melding of Modern Technology and Ancient Chinese Culture A Triumph, Says Aerospace CEO

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Created: February 3, 2013 Last Updated: February 5, 2013
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Alan Calegari speaks at the Kennedy Center on Feb. 2, 2013, after seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts. (Courtesy of NTD Television)

Alan Calegari speaks at the Kennedy Center on Feb. 2, 2013, after seeing Shen Yun Performing Arts. (Courtesy of NTD Television)

WASHINGTON—After taking in Shen Yun Performing Arts on Saturday, a leading aerospace company CEO applauded the production’s blend of modern technology with ancient Chinese culture.

Dr. Alan Calegari is president and CEO of Alenia North America, Inc., a leading aircraft manufacturer. He also has more than 35 years of senior executive experience in key leadership positions in the multiple fields, including avionics, transportation, and defines systems, according to his online profile.

Mr. Calgeri attended the Feb. 2 matinee performance at Kennedy Center Opera House, and was deeply impressed with Shen Yun’s digitally animated backdrops. 

“The background, the electronic against the natural of the dance, is a fantastic combination,” he said. “I really applaud who had the idea of this combination of high technology and original historical culture.” 

New York-based Shen Yun is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company. With a mission to revive 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture, the performance features story-based classical Chinese dances, as well as ethnic and folk dances. 

A Shen Yun performance also includes a unique philharmonic orchestra that incorporates traditional Chinese instruments, vocal soloists, digitally animated backdrops, and hundreds of colorful handmade costumes. 

“It’s an extremely beautiful show—extremely well choreographed, excellent dancers, and the historical context of China is fantastic,” said Mr. Calegari. “We enjoy it very much.”

According to the Shen Yun website traditional Chinese culture originates with the three pillars of Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism.

Principles such as benevolence, justice, propriety and wisdom, as well as a respect for the heavens, and divine retribution, form the foundation of the culture, and come alive in Shen Yun’s many mini-drama dance pieces. 

Mr. Calegari said that Shen Yun captures “what China really is all about.”

“The message is very strong,” he said, adding Shen Yun educates Western audiences on authentic Chinese culture in an entertaining format. 

“We have so much to learn from China, and about China, and I think that this way of combining dance and choreography, it’s an excellent way to melt the two together,” he said. 

Reporting by Duwon Kang and Justina Wheale.

New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. Shen Yun New York Company is performing in Washington D.C. at the Kennedy Center Opera House from Jan 30 — Feb 3. For more information, visit

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