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Return of the star ballerina: First Asian star of the Paris Opera Ballet, Park Sae-eun performs in KoreaNews

Now it’s time for our regular Thursday segment on arts and culture.
Our culture correspondent Kim Yeon-seung is in the studio with us
So Yeon-seung, what do you have for us today?

The Paris Opera Ballet is back in Korea for the first time in nearly 30 years.
And among its cast is South Korean ballerina Park Sae-eun.
This is Park Sae-eun’s first time performing in South Korea since being crowned a “canvas dancer”, which means star dancer in French.

What does it mean for a dancer to become a “canvas” at the Paris Opera?

Well, the dancers named “canvas” are the crown jewels of this world famous ballet company.
And Park Sae-eun was not only the first Korean, but also the first Asian, to reach that number one spot.
What is so important about her achievement, even though she seemed very modest in all the interviews, is that the Paris Opera Ballet is renowned for its tradition and exclusivity.
Unlike the American Ballet Theater in New York or the Royal Ballet in London, the Paris Opera Ballet has only a handful of non-French dancers.
So Park Sae-eun really had to master the Paris Opera Ballet’s French ballet style to finally earn this highest honor.

So tell us more about today’s show.

Currently, there are only 16 stars at the Paris Opera, and four of them, including Park Sae-eun, are performing at the Lotte Concert Hall on Thursday night.
If you missed today’s show, there’s another one at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
I was at their rehearsal yesterday, and may I add it was heartbreakingly beautiful.

It’s the supernova return of the prima ballerina.
Ballerina Park Sae-eun of the Paris Opera Ballet has returned to her home country to perform for the first time since being crowned a prima ballerina, a “canvas dancer”.
The title “canvas” is the highest distinction that dancers can hold in the prestigious ballet of the Paris Opera.
And never before in the ballet company’s 353-year history has there been an Asian ‘canvas’.”

“I waited one, two, three, four, five years to become a canvas. And then when I finally heard my canvas name, I burst into tears. They were tears of gratitude and I said ‘finally, from today my scene begins.'”

Park Sae-eun worked behind the scenes to bring the Paris Opera Ballet to Seoul.
And thanks to her, he is back in Korea for the first time since 1993.
This time he presents a gala with ten repertoires.

“I wanted to show a lot of different pieces, so I started reaching out to dancers who were perfect for them. When I told them there would be a gala like this in Korea, they were excited to come. . “

“I’m very touched to dance with her in Korea.”
(I am very touched to dance with her in Korea}

The repertoires presented at the gala transcend eras and range from modern to classical.

“It’s a beautiful program, put together by Sae-eun, and it features a wide variety of choreography and a variety of eras.”
(It’s a magnificent program, composed by Sae-eun, which presents as I say which presents a great variety of choreography, a great variety of period)

The Paris Opera Ballet performs at the Lotte Concert Hall this Thursday and Friday evening at 7:30 p.m.
It features 10 renowned dancers – four of whom are “canvas”.
Park Sae-eun will close the show by playing the pained but delighted lover Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet”, choreographed by Nureyev and music composed by Prokofiev.
Park Sae-eun says she wants to live a life immersed in art.
And it was his deep dedication to the art that helped give Korean audiences the rare chance to immerse themselves in the world of French ballet.

Yeon-seung, it was certainly beautiful.
So what do you have for our viewers who want to have a more relaxed weekend?

Well, they can go to the movies, because it looks like this summer is high season for movies.
“Hansan: Rising Dragon” opened yesterday, and it has already topped the ticket sales list by selling over 380,000 tickets on its first day alone.
The film is directed by Kim Han-min who also directed “The Admiral: Roaring Currents”, a film which set a new record by collecting more than 17 million admissions in total.
For those who want to see something other than a historical film, “Alienoid” is in theaters right now.
This one was directed by Choi Dong-hoon, the director of another $10 million seller “The Thieves.”
And in August, other potential box office hits are coming, like Korean movies, Emergency Declaration and Hunt.

I was definitely looking forward to seeing Hansan too, and now that it’s in theaters, I should go see it.
So Yeon-seung, is there anything kids might appreciate for our viewers who want to spend time with their families?

How about a family trip to see Korean animated films?
Today and tomorrow, the Asia Culture Center in Gwangju presents four classic Korean anime films reinterpreted digitally.
This is one of the rare opportunities to feel like you’ve stepped back in time and watch some of the more traditional stories, like “Hong Gil-dong” and “Kongjwi and Patjwi”, drawn in Korean animation. so unique. picture style.

Alright Yeonseung. Thank you for this report. And I can’t wait to see you back in the studio next week.