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
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
Posted 01 June 2010 - 01:53 AM
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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