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Kookmin Ballet’s Passion Blossoms in New York Production of “Chunhyang”

Anchor person: The Korean traditional fairytale “Chunhyang” meets ballet. We take you to the mesmerizing stage where Korean tradition is brought to life with classical ballet. 

Reporter: Every country around the world has its very own love story. If the West has Romeo and Juliet, the East has the equally beautiful love story, “Chunhyangjeon.” This love story has been transformed into a classical ballet production and staged here in New York at the Peridance Capezio Center. While staying true to traditional ballet techniques, Ballet Chunhyang, My Dear Love uses the sounds of the Korean Pansori epic chant and presents audiences with a production deeply imbedded with traditional Korean sentiment. We can feel the passionate effort to share the sentiment of the love song “Uh-ha doong doong My Love” in its entirety with a non-Korean audience.

Professor Young Moon, Kookmin University, Dance Major, School of Performing Arts: By combining traditional Korean literature with ballet, Kookmin*Ballet’s production of Ballet Chunhyang, My Dear Love showed its potential as a cultural performance representative of Korea. We will do our best to develop this performance further not only to show another side to Korean culture, but also to show the best of Kookmin University. 

Reporter: Although Ballet Chunhyang, My Dear Love is a Korean tale and presented with the sounds of traditional Pansori epic chanting, it stays true to the traditions of classical ballet. Classical ballet, facial expressions, and dance movements communicate closely with the audience, revealing the Korean tradition of jest in the characters of Bangja, Hyangdan and Wolmae who heighten the excitement, and the controlled and sublime movements of Chunhyang and Lee Mongnyong keeps the audience intrigued. The strength and yet attraction of the tyrannical governor Byeon Hakdo and the restrained technique and harmony of the ensemble add depth to the performance. Notably, this performance was presented with the support and trust of Igal Perry, the Peridance Capezio Center’s Artistic Director. 

Igal Perry, Artistic Director, Peridance Capezio Center: With a long history as a premiere dance center, the Peridance Capezio Center has just turned 32. We operate a wide variety of programs, with over 250 modern classes held every week at our largest, main school. 

Reporter: Ballet Chunhyang My Dear Love has evolved out of the richness of Korean tradition onto the world’s stage
Professor Young Moon, Kookmin University, Dance Major, School of Performing Arts 
We will continue to grow and develop and do our best to become Kookmin’s and Korea’s representative cultural performance. 

Igal Perry, Artistic Director, Peridance Capezio Center: The Peridance Capezio Center has just turned 32. We operate a wide variety of programs, with over 250 modern classes held every week at our largest, main school.

 

 

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