"Romeo and Juliet" by the Korean National Ballet 2013/02/16, Source,
Written by Suzy Chung on February 13, 2013 in Arts
Everyone loves a love story. Even if it's tragic. It is the reason why such stories have lasted over centuries, being told and told again. It is the reason why "Romeo & Juliet" is still popular in whatever form it is being told: print, art, theater, film, dance.
Dance is a universal language; you don't need subtitles. It is amazing how emotions can be conveyed without a single word being uttered, how everything can be expressed through movement only. It can be fully choreographed or completely free-style, a structured ceremonial performance or an impromptu expression of emotions. Social ballroom dancing was introduced to Korea in the 1900s but didn't quite catch on – men and women holding one another while dancing, how scandalous – and the first ever ballet performance (by a Russian dancer) took place in the 1930s. There were dancers who started to study ballet during this time, but it was only after independence in 1946 that the first ballet company was established: Seoul Ballet. Unfortunately, the ballet company dispersed as the Korean War erupted but several ballet companies were created after the war ended as interest began to rise. Ballet classes were available and even a ballet concours was held in 1955,...More
KBS union ends 94-day strike after promises 2012/06/08, Source,
Ending a 94-day-long strike over government interference in news reporting, the new labor union of the Korea Broadcasting System (KBS), the state-run TV station, returned to work as of 5 a.m. yesterday. In a meeting held of the union's 67 representatives late Thursday, 53 agreed to end the strike,...More
Ballet festival keeps smaller troupes on their toes 2012/06/03, Source, 'The annual ballet festival will be a great opportunity to promote less familiar ballet troupes'. - Choi Tae-ji
The Gwangju City Ballet will present "Seongung Yi Sun-shin", which recounts the triumphant efforts of Admiral Yi Sun-shin, as part of the 2nd Ballet Festival Korea, at 3 p.m. on June 24 at the Opera House of the Seoul Arts Center. Provided by the organizer
When the Korea National Ballet presented "Romeo and Juliet", choreographed by Jean-Christophe Maillot in October of last year, an average of 98 percent of the seats were occupied for all four days of the performance, which to this day remains the highest attendance rate for a modern ballet by the national company.
Reminiscing on the glory days, the Korea National Ballet (KNB) will open the 2nd Ballet Festival Korea with its "Romeo and Juliet" on June 15,...More
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