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Park Sae-eun of Paris Opera Ballet says she's excited to hold season-ending performance in Korea

All News 16:12 July 25, 2022

SEOUL, July 25 (Yonhap) -- Park Sae-eun of the Paris Opera Ballet (POB) said Monday that she feels excited to stage this season's last onstage performance in South Korea as a principal dancer, or "danseuse etoile."

"I'm very grateful that I can perform in Korea with my colleagues," Park said in a press conference ahead of a gala concert, titled "Paris Opera Ballet 2022 Etoile Gala," at Lotte Concert Hall in eastern Seoul on Thursday and Friday. "I'm really excited that I can wrap up this season at home."

South Korean ballet dancer Park Sae-eun of the Paris Opera Ballet speaks during a press conference in Seoul on July 25, 2022. (Yonhap)

Before starting the 2021-2022 season, Park was promoted to the top dancer position, becoming the first Asian to become an etoile in the troupe's more than 350 years of history. Currently, there are 16 etoile dancers, including Park, at the POB.

It took 10 years for the 32-year old dancer to earn the highest title at one of the world's most prestigious ballet companies.

At the Seoul concert, she will perform famous dance pieces from classical ballet repertoires including "Romeo and Juliet," "Sleeping Beauty," "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "In the Night."

Her POB colleagues of Dorothee Gilbert, Valentine Colasante, Germain Louvet and Paul Marque will also take part in the upcoming gala concert.

"Since becoming an etoile, I've been very busy this season. I've taken the stage many times," she said. "Actually, all get exhausted both physically and mentally at the end of the season. But their best performance comes out at that time."

South Korean ballet dancer Park Sae-eun (L) performs during a media session held in Seoul on July 25, 2022. (Yonhap)

Park, who joined the POB in 2011, said she wants to show the charm of French dance that she has learned over the past decade to a Korean audience.

"French ballet requires much physical ability, but if you go beyond the limit, you feel easy and move freely, she said. "Then, you become more expressive and can talk with your body."

Until the POB's retirement age of 42, she hopes to diversify her portfolio with modern ballet repertoires.

"For the next 10 years at the POB, I want to become a dancer who is able to do a variety of repertoires, ranging from classical ballet pieces to modern ones," she said.


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