Shim Chung, Universal Ballet of Korea (6.30.2010)
Posted 30 May 2010 - 05:55 AM
Yena Kang performed the lead role. A former soloist with American Ballet Theater and now a principal dancer with UB, Ms. Kang is captivating and charismatic ballerina. With her strikingly long limbs, she has a beautiful Romantic line. There is a wonderfully lyrical quality to her dancing, and her arabesques are magical.
The corps de ballet is a great strength of the Universal Ballet. The sailors in the second act, and the male sea-creatures in the third act danced with considerable vigor and impressive leaps. The female dancers displayed wonderful synchronization and attention to detail. Even the angle of their hands seemed perfectly coordinated.
There is no single male lead, but instead Shim Chung is partnered by different dancers in each of the four acts. Of these, the Sea Dragon King, an amiable version of Rotbart, gave a especially powerful and memorable performance.
Posted 30 May 2010 - 01:42 PM
Posted 30 May 2010 - 02:44 PM
Saw this ballet at the Chicago Lyric Opera House in 2000. Wonderful Seh Yun Kim stepped in to replace Julia Moon. It was a gorgeous production.
I was in Chicago in 2000 when the UB came to the lyric opera, but I saw Sleeping Beauty instead, so I was glad to finally be able to see this.
Posted 31 May 2010 - 07:08 AM
Posted 31 May 2010 - 08:19 AM
Posted 31 May 2010 - 05:38 PM
I can't remember the name of the dancer in the performance of SB that I saw in Chicago, but I remember that she was a soloist, and seemed very petite. Was that Seh Yun Kim?
Saw SB too. I think it was opening night. Again Seh Yun Kim replaced Julia Moon. I met Julia Moon a few years later in Helsinki and she told me that UB worked on Shim Chung for several years to get it right. What a luxury!
Posted 01 June 2010 - 01:53 AM
Quite petite. I thought she was very lovely.
Yes, she was. And I was very thankful to be able to see Sleeping Beauty in Chicago. In fact, it was the first time (and now that I think of it: last) that I was able to see it live.
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