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Court Ballet

18th Century France Ballet de Court

Ballet de cour was born in late 16th century, France, and is one of the stage arts that were most prosperous in early 17th century, combined with lines, songs, and dances. It was performed directly focusing on the Kings or princes who were related to people in their era or to celebrate big events such as the birth of a royal family, marriage, and treaty. Ballet de court is divided by the forms of dance that possess largely the characteristics of basse danse or houte danse, and pavane, allemande, galliard and minuet are some of the types of ballet de court.

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Romantic Ballet

Choreography - F. Taglioni / Music - J. Sheneitzhoeffer / Performer - Woo-jin Lee, Young-kyoung Kim

La Sylphide

“La Sylphide” is a ballet of two acts. In 1832, “La Sylphide” premiered at the Salle Le Peletier of the Paris Opéra with choreography by Filippo Taglioni and music by Jean-Madeleine Schneitzhoeffer. Taglioni designed the work as a showcase for his daughter Marie.

With Scottish farmhouse as the background, the story is about James, who is soon to be married, meets a sylphid that brings unexpected tragedy of breaking his marriage. Majority of modern performances are composed of dances choreographed by Bournonville, but In 1972, a revival of the Taglioni version was staged by Pierre Lacotte for the Paris Opera Ballet..

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Classic Ballet

Swan Lake Act 2 Pas de Deux

Beloved as a classic of ballet, “Swan Lake” is a four act performance about love between Siegfried and Princess Odette who is the victim of a spell; she has been transformed into a swan and can only regain her human form at night. On act 2, while walking in forlorn after the coming of age ceremony, Siegfried encounters the vigilant Odette. Overcoming the spell that lies between them, they express their faithful love for each other through an emotional duet, “Pas de deux.” This best scene, finely blended with the masterpiece of Tchaikovsky, is in contrast with the black swan pas de deux in act 3.

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Neo-Classic Ballet

Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux

Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux is a work choreographed by George Balanchine, a famous choreographer and the founder of New York City Ballet. The performance was first presented by New York City Ballet at the City Center of Music and Drama, New York in 1960. It is a representative piece of neo-classicism; without a special plot, it flows with the music and takes the form of traditional ballet’s pas de deux, showing the modern and free dances that display George Balanchine’s unique choreography.

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Contemporary Ballet

Multiplicity

“Multiplicity“ is a work in which the world famous choreographer Nacho Duato embedded a dance into a piece by Bach, the 18th century’s great composer. The chemical reaction of the music and the dance is exquisite. Every background music is a piece by Bach, but the first and second half of the two acts deliver big difference in the atmosphere of the music and choreography. A male ballet dancer wearing a gray wig of the 18th century move his body like a conductor, while other male and female ballet dancers move as a group to resemble notes on a music sheet, or show movements of an instrument player, or become the instrument itself. Dancing to the cello play of the prelude of Cello Suite no. 1 in G major BMV 1007 is the finest of the duet in the first half.

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Korean Ballet

Prince Hodong

“Prince Hodong“ is a tragic love story of Princess Nakrang and Prince Hodong in the midst of war and entanglement between the nations of Goguryeo and Nakrang, and is also known as Romeo and Juliette of the East. Contemporary techniques and our cultural features are well blended with classical sentiments. It is a performance of two acts with 12 scenes which overwhelms the audience with it’s grandness and magnificence.

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