Bolshoi principals lead K-Ballet World’s international lineup

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Bolshoi principals lead K-Ballet World’s international lineup

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Kim In-sook, Korea Ballet Association

There’s no need for ballet fans to feel sad that Ballet Festival Korea ended last month. Next month, another festival will start at the Arco Art Center in Daehangno, central Seoul.

The theme of this year’s K-Ballet World, organized by the Korea Ballet Association, is “Korean ballet to the world and world ballet to Korea.”

As the theme illustrates, this year’s K-Ballet World will include up-and-coming dancers from abroad. Bolshoi Ballet principal dancers Anna Tikhomirova and Artem Ovcharenko will perform two of legendary choreographer Yuri Grigorovich’s works. A “Romeo and Juliet” duet is scheduled as an opening act on Aug. 30, and the couple also will perform “Tango in Golden Age” the following day.

“If I am to pick one performance that’s a must-see, I would pick the ones from the Bolshoi Ballet,” said Kim Soon-jung, an assistant professor of ballet at Sungshin University and an active principal dancer at the Korean National Ballet.

Other international ballet companies that will participate in K-Ballet World are the Dutch National Ballet, Vienna National Ballet and National Ballet of Portugal.

“The Korea Ballet Association ... has been striving for the past 34 years for the development of Korean ballet,” said Kim In-sook, president of the association. “K-Ballet World is specifically for the development of Korean ballet through exchanges with outstanding ballet companies from around the world.”

Kim added that other objectives include fostering original works from Korea by local choreographers as well as expanding the Korean public’s awareness, appreciation and support of ballet.

One program showcases the work of rookie choreographers, including Choi Hee-jae’s “Maze,” Choi Jeong-in’s “Persona” and Kim Seong-min’s “Transfigured Memory,”

Ballerina Kim Joo-won also will perform “Marguerite and Armand,” a 1963 piece by renowned choreographer Frederick Ashton.

“Since I’m coming back after couple of years, I am able to express the dance with more delicate emotions,” said Kim. “I hope ballet fans look forward to my performance and who will be Armand.”

Kim’s act will be among the closing performances.

K-Ballet World will be staged from Aug. 22 to Sept. 5 at the Arco Art Center. Tickets range from 20,000 won ($19) to 50,000 won, while seminars and ballet classes are open to all free of charge.

For more information, call (02) 538-0505 or visit www.koreaballet.or.kr.

BY yim seung-hye [sharon@joongang.co.kr]




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