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11th edition of Ballet Festival Korea wrapped up on June 30 Updated: 2021-07-01 10:01:04 KST

The 11th edition of the Ballet Festival Korea ran for 15 days in June. It presented a variety of performances from classics to experimental contemporary ballet.
The festival kicked off with the Korea National Ballet’s "The Taming of the Shrew," and another big company Universal Ballet premiered "Triple Bill".
A variety of other special programs were shown too, including those that gave audiences a chance to see Korean ballet stars from overseas dance companies including Lee Choong-hoon of Harlem's Dance Theatre.

"My solo part shows the love and spirit that the choreographer felt while growing up in Harlem."

One performer presented a form of Japanese dance the Butoh, titled "The Rite of Spring" praying for better times to come after a long winter.

"Butoh origins are from around the 1960s, the West calls it the only contemporary dance born in Asia. Though it is categorized as a dance, it is more of a genre that shows the process of mental training, the dancer recognizing and rediscovering their own body."

The festival's art director says these shows give audiences the opportunity to see a rare format of ballet, while the dancers benefit from being able to perform.

"Dancers performing abroad go through difficult and lonely times. For them, presenting the style of the theaters they are in and what they have learned to Korean audiences gives them courage and confidence."

Smaller dance troupes such as Seoul-based Wise Ballet performed some of their high quality repertoire, and six individual choreographers' who won a competition to be at the festival, put together performances which touched on various social issues.
Kim Bo-kyoung, Arirang news.
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