SEOUL, July 25 (Yonhap) — Park Sae-eun of the Paris Opera Ballet (POB) said Monday that she feels delighted to present the last performance of this season on stage in South Korea as a prima ballerina.
“I am very grateful to be able to perform in Korea with my colleagues,” Park said at a press conference ahead of a gala concert, titled “Paris Opera Ballet 2022 Etoile Gala,” at Lotte Concert Hall in the east. from Seoul on Thursday and Friday. . “I’m really excited to be able to conclude this season at home.”
Before starting the 2021-22 season, Park was promoted to best dancer, becoming the first Asian to become a star in the troupe’s more than 350-year history. Currently, there are 16 dancers from the star, including Park, at the POB.
It took the 32-year-old dancer 10 years to win the highest title in one of the most prestigious ballet companies in the world.
At the Seoul concert, she will perform famous dance pieces from the classical ballet repertoire, including “Romeo and Juliet”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “In the Night “.
Her POB colleagues from Dorothée Gilbert, Valentine Colasante, Germain Louvet and Paul Marque will also take part in the next gala concert.
“Since becoming an Étoile, I’ve been very busy this season. I’ve been on stage several times,” she said. “In fact, all of them get physically and mentally exhausted at the end of the season. But their best performance comes out then.”
Park, who joined POB in 2011, said she wants to show Korean audiences the charm of French dance she has learned over the past decade.
“French ballet requires a lot of physical capacity, but if you go over the limit, you feel comfortable and you move freely, she says. “Then you become more expressive and can talk with your body.
Until age 42 of retirement from the POB, she hopes to diversify her portfolio with modern ballet repertoires.
“For the next 10 years at POB, I want to become a dancer capable of approaching varied repertoires, ranging from classical ballet pieces to modern pieces,” she said.