Ballerina Kim Joo-won Strikes Out on Her Own

      April 05, 2013 08:28

      When Kim Joo-won left the Korea National Ballet after 15 years last June, she resolved to make her own mark on the field with a performance all her own. Her tireless efforts will finally come to fruition with the April 5-7 showing of "Marguerite and Armand" -- entirely planned and cast by Kim.

      Kim's newfound freedom has enabled her to spend more time on a single show and pursue her interests.

      "The Korea National Ballet does about 150 performances a year. There were times when I had to go on stage after just a day of practice. Sometimes I had to perform with just two days of practice right after I came back from a holiday. I was getting tired, and I wanted to do something out of my own initiative rather than doing what I was told to do," she said.

      But of course, the last 10 months haven't been all fun and games.

      "It’s been very difficult since I left the company," she added. "There, all I needed to do was perform the lead role. Now I have to do everything from A to Z. I think of this as a process of becoming an artist with more depth."

      "Marguerite and Armand" is a 35-minute single act ballet which was first performed by the legendary Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev in 1963. It is a tragic love story between a Parisian courtesan and a young noble man based on the novel "La Dame aux Camelias" by Alexandre Dumas.

      This rendition should prove relatable even for more casual ballet fans thanks to Kim's efforts.

      "A ballet company works with 100 dancers, but I need very few. I hope to be recognized for my unique perspective that can move the audience in a different way," Kim said.

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