WHAT: Dance Performance Film
WHO: American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer, Hee Seo
WHEN: Video released on November 11
WHERE: YouTube & Facebook @Koreaculturedc
The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. (KCCDC) proudly announces OffStage: Ballet in Nature, a new series of outdoor dance performances launching November 11 at 6:00 p.m. with a cinematic production featuring American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer Hee Seo in an original choreography performed in and inspired by the boundless beauty of nature.
Unrestrained by a traditional stage, Seo created this original dance inspired by the vastness of the sea, which serves as a dramatic backdrop for her performance. She draws on her vast creative experience as a world-class principal ballerina to capture an elegant sense of communion with nature, blending graceful movement and serene imagery designed to provide healing calm to casual observers and ballet aficionados alike.
[About the Series]
OffStage: Ballet in Nature introduces leading and principal Korean dancers from renowned ballet companies across the United States as they perform original works outdoors in novel, natural settings. Each video, presented in a short film format, will be available for Washingtonians and the broader public to view online free of charge. At a time when face-to-face interactions and formal performances remain limited, the KCCDC encourages global audiences to take time to relax and heal through the enjoyment of creative, nontraditional performances.
[About the Ballerina Hee Seo]
Born in Seoul, Korea, Hee Seo began her ballet training at a young age in her hometown at Sun-hwa Arts Middle School, eventually going on to be awarded a three-year full scholarship to continue her training at the Universal Ballet Academy in Washington, D. C. and then a scholarship to train at the John Cranko Ballet Academy in Stuttgart, Germany. She is the recipient of the 2003 Prix de Lausanne Award and the 2003 Grand Prix at the Youth American Grand Prix in New York.
Seo joined the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Studio Company in 2004, followed by the ABT main Company as an apprentice in 2005 and the ABT Corps de Ballet in 2006. Her repertoire with the Company includes Terpsichore and Polyhymnia in Apollo, Nikiya, Gamzatti, a Lead D’Jampe and a Shade in La Bayadère, Cinderella in Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella, Twig in James Kudelka’s Cinderella, Prayer in Coppélia, Medora in Le Corsaire, Kitri, Mercedes, the Dryad Queen and a flower girl in Don Quixote, Glove Seller in Gaîté Parisienne, Giselle and Zulma in Giselle, Queen of Shemakahn in The Golden Cockerel, Pierrette in Harlequinade, Caroline in Jardin aux Lilas, Olympia in Lady of the Camellias, Blanche Ingram in Jane Eyre, the title role in Manon, Natalia Petrovna in A Month in the Country, Clara, the Princess, and one of the Nutcracker’s Sisters in The Nutcracker, Callirhoe in Of Love and Rage, Tatiana in Onegin, Natalia in On the Dnieper, Other Dances, The Siren in Prodigal Son, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Princess Aurora in Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty, Princess Aurora, the Lilac Fairy, the Fairy of Sincerity, and Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty, Odette-Odile, the pas de trois, the Polish Princess, and a big swan in Swan Lake, the Swan Lake, Act III Pas de Deux, the Sylph in La Sylphide, Prelude in Les Sylphides, Sylvia and Ceres in Sylvia, Thaïs Pas de Deux, Princess Tea Flower in Whipped Cream and roles in Ballo della Regina, Birthday Offering, The Brahms-Haydn Variations, Chamber Symphony, Dark Elegies, Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, Duets, From Here On Out, The Leaves Are Fading, Monotones II, Mozartiana, Overgrown Path, Raymonda Divertissements, Seven Sonatas, Serenade after Plato’s Symposium, Thirteen Diversion, A Time There Was, and Valse Fantaisie. She created Frost in The Seasons and leading roles in AFTERITE, Garden Blue, I Feel The Earth Move, and With a Chance of Rain.
Seo was appointed an ABT Soloist in 2010 and a Principal Dancer in 2012. She has appeared as a guest artist with the Mariinsky Ballet dancing the title role in Giselle and Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty.
Dancer | Hee Seo
Project Director I Hyemee Baik
Producer I Jonggil Lee
Artistic Director I Yun Oh
Film Director I Youngsam Yoon
Camera Operators I Lilian Son, Andre Kim, Jinhan Kah
Video Editor I O&K Production
Photographer I Gio Jung
Make-up Artist I Jieun Lee
Costume I J Mendel
Stylist | PJ Pasqual
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