Korea's Oldest Professional Ballet Company Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary in 2012
The Korea National Ballet, Korea's representative arts organization which was founded in 1962, is the oldest professional ballet company in the country. The Company is taking the lead in the development of ballet with the country's best dancers and its diversified repertoire. To be more specific, its dancers have continued to improve themselves to be at the international level and the Company has also added more works to its repertoire while refining their skills to better perform the ballets. It has grown rapidly for such a short period of time and based on this growth, it continues to move forward and in 2012, it will celebrate its 50th anniversary.
Korea's Ballet Recognized on the Global Scene
The Korea National Ballet's artistic level is recognized by the world so the Company is now in the position of proudly competing with the world's best ballet companies. The Company's world tour began with Egypt and Israel in 1997 and it has also performed in Japan, China, Russia and Poland and in November 2010, it will go to St Petersburg, Russia. Furthermore, for the first time in its history, the Company will perform Raymonda in Seoul in September 2010 and Romeo and Juliet in Moscow in October 2010 with the Bolshoi Ballet from Russia, a country famous for its ballet tradition. Meanwhile, the Company's dancers win various awards every year in MOSCOW and KAZAN, Russia, PARIS, France, JACKSON theUS , TOKYO and NAGOYA, Japan and Luxembourg.
The "High-Class" Ballet Performed by the Company
In addition to its classical repertoire, the Company also performs contemporary ballets choreographed by living legends such as Yuri Grigorovich, Jean-Christophe Maillot, Boris Eifman, Mats Ek and Roland Petit. Some of them have also been invited to Korea to complete the Company's "high-class" ballet. In 2009, the Company also set an example of creating its own repertoire by producing Prince Hodong, a ballet inspired by a traditional Korean story.