Dutch Dance Company Officer: Shen Yun ‘A Very Big Gift’

April 15, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015

Julia Bontes, press and public relations officer for the Nederlands Dans Theater, at Shen Yun Performing Arts in The Hague. (Jasper Fakkert/The Epoch Times)
Julia Bontes, press and public relations officer for the Nederlands Dans Theater, at Shen Yun Performing Arts in The Hague. (Jasper Fakkert/The Epoch Times)
THE HAGUE, Netherlands—Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company gave its final jubilant performance in the Lucent Danstheater in The Hague, The Netherlands, on April 14.

In the center of the capital city, the Lucent Danstheater is the home of Nederlands Dans Theater (Netherlands Dance Theater), one of the country’s most acclaimed dance companies.

For Julia Bontes, press and public relations officer for the Nederlands Dans Theater, her work is all about dance. Every month she works on two premieres of the dance company, with ten of them being world premieres each year.

“A very impressive production of very high-quality,” said Ms. Bontes about the New York-based Shen Yun.

On the choreography, she said, “It's impressive and incredibly perfectionist … it is just awesome.”

“The collectiveness and the energy of the group” especially struck Ms. Bontes.

Shen Yun brings on stage an exhilarating display of classical Chinese dance, with scenes from a wide range of China’s 5,000-year-old culture.

Ms. Bontes said that China's history and tradition, as displayed by Shen Yun, “stimulates me to further deepen my knowledge.”

The use of both Western and Chinese instruments in the orchestra is “marvelous” according to Ms. Bontes. “I am just very enthusiastic about it. The acoustics were also very nice,” she added.

“Really good musicians. I really think it’s special. It’s really like a very big gift.”

Shen Yun demonstrates, according to Ms. Bontes, that “art and culture are something very humane and have been there for ages.”

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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