Tuesday, 12 June 2018
Nifty North Korean Footwork
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Prompted by the comings and goings in Singapore I googled "Ballet in North Korea" and this is what I found. I am not sure that this counts as ballet but it certainly passes muster as tap. Some very nifty footwork there.
There are plenty of dancers from South Korea in the world's ballet companies. Kimin Kim, the first to spring to mind, actually dances in Russia. He will be performing in London with the St Petersburg Ballet Theatre between 22 and 26 Aug 2018. There is also Hyo-Jung Kang with the Stuttgart Ballet and I nearly forgot Young Gye Choi who is one of my favourites at the Dutch National Ballet.
I struggle to think to think of any from the North. Given Pyongyang's adoption of other Stalinist practices I am surprises that there is not a strong North Korean Ballet or, if there is, that we in the West hear so little of it. If any of my readers know otherwise then do say.