Ballet dancer

Famous ballet dancer Kim Ki-min will dazzle Seoul

Kim Ki-min (center) as Aminta in the ballet “Sylvia” (Mariinsky Theater)

World-class dancer Kim Ki-min of the Mariinsky Ballet of Russia is back for performances in Korea for the first time in four years.

The principal dancer of the prestigious Russian ballet troupe will perform with 18 other dancers from international ballet companies at “Ballet Supreme 2022” which will take place at the Seoul National Theater from Thursday to Saturday.

Current and former ballet dancers from foreign companies such as the Royal Ballet of England, the Berlin State Ballet and the Stuttgart Ballet of Germany, as well as the American Ballet Theater and the San Francisco Ballet will take the stage to perform the most famous solo. or duet dance excerpts from classical ballet works.

Kim will perform pieces from a grand pas de deux, a dance duet in which two principal dancers perform ballet steps together. Kim’s partner will be Marianela Nunez, principal dancer of the Royal Ballet in London. Kim and Nunez performed together at Kim’s first solo recital of 2019 at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Kim Ki-min (left) as Basilio in the ballet

Kim Ki-min (left) as Basilio in the ballet “Don Quixote” (Mariinsky Theater)

At the gala, the two will perform duets from “Le Corsaire (The Pirate)”, a ballet loosely based on Lord Byron’s poem “The Corsair” on Thursday and Friday, and duets from “Don Quixote” on Saturday.

“Le Corsaire” tells the story of a pirate named Conrad on a mission to save his beloved from the hands of a slave trader; “Don Quixote”, based on episodes from the novel “Don Quixote de la Mancha” by Miguel de Cervantes, centers on the journey of a knight named Don Quixote.

Other programs include iconic tracks from “Swan Lake”, “Giselle” and “Sleeping Beauty”.

Kim was scheduled to perform as Solor in the Korean National Ballet’s “La Bayadere” last year, but the engagement was canceled due to the pandemic. The last time he performed in Korea was in “Don Quixote” with the Mariinsky Ballet in November 2018.

Kim Ki-min (Seoul Concert Management)

Kim Ki-min (Seoul Concert Management)

Kim became the first Asian dancer to join the Mariinsky Ballet in 2011. In 2012, he made his debut as Ali in “Le Corsaire”, just a month after joining the troupe. He was promoted to principal dancer with the company in 2015, the youngest to hold the position at 23. There are approximately 270 dancers in the Mariinsky Ballet, and 13 are appointed principal dancers.

Kim was also the first Korean ballet dancer to win the Best Male Dancer award at the prestigious Benois de la Danse ballet competition in 2016.

Kim, who had her solo recitals at the Mariinsky Theater in 2019 and 2021, will open her next season at the Mariinsky Ballet with “Marguerite et Armand” and “Leningrad Symphony.”

By Hwang Dong-Hee ([email protected])