THE HAGUE, Netherlands—Musicians Gertjan Loot and Ruth Cobezens watched Shen Yun Performing Arts Touring Company's show on Thursday, April 14 at the Lucent Danstheater.
Mr. Loot is the solo-trumpet player for the Hague Philharmonic Orchestra and teaches at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He was accompanied by Ruth Cobezens, a violin teacher.
The orchestra was naturally a talking point for Mr. Loot. “I really like the show. It’s great," he said during the intermission. “And of course I am a trumpet player musician, I listen to the orchestra also—they play very well.”
Based in New York, Shen Yun Performing Arts is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company, with a mission to revive the true traditional culture of China. Shen Yun’s rich programs showcase classical Chinese dance and music, accompanied by an orchestra that uniquely combines both Eastern and Western instruments.
“I am really glad to have the opportunity to look at the show,” Mr. Loot continued. “You don’t have the chance to look at this kind of thing very often, and I am really thrilled and looking forward to the second half.
Ms. Cobezens commented on way the dancers moved. "It’s very nice, delicate. If you look at the tips of fingers, they always move elegantly," she said. “That means that they work a lot with fine details."
Mr. Loot was amazed by the vast array of colors.
"It’s fantastic. And of course, the fast moving bodies of the dancers—that’s very spectacular visuals. It’s a lot of information and it’s beautiful. It’s sparkling and like music 16th notes … and you see all these dancers, all these colors, it’s really fast and it’s beautiful."
Reporting by NTD Television and Raiatea Tahana-Reese
Shen Yun Performing Arts has three companies currently touring Europe, Asia and the United States. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformngArts.org