New Chinese dancer in Staatsballett Berlin

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Wei Wang is a member of the corps de ballet of the Berlin State Ballet for three weeks. He comes from China, Beijing, and had his dance training at the Beijing Dance Academy Ballet from 1999 to 2006 and then danced for the National Ballet of China.

Read more on the official Staatsballett Berlin blog [in German] here.

Chinese dancers pursue ‘Korean dreams’

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Fang Mengying and Huang Zhen rehearse at the Universal Ballet Company in western Seoul last week.

It is the dream of many ballet dancers to pursue a career in France or Russia, home to some of the oldest companies in the world.

But some Asian dancers have come to Korea to develop their careers, as in the case of Huang Zhen, a ballerino from Hong Kong, and Chinese dancer Fang Mengying.

The two dancers will make their debut as main characters in “Swan Lake” by the Universal Ballet Company (UBC), a leading ballet troupe in Korea, next week. The company will stage “Swan Lake” at Seoul Arts Center as a season opener starting Friday through next Tuesday.

Fang is one of the six dancers, along with longtime principal dancer Kang Ye-na and Hwang Hye-min that will dance the lead role of Odette.

The Chinese dancer graces the official poster for the production as well. It is unusual for a soloist, not a principal, to appear in the poster of a season opener or dance a lead role in such a large-scale production as the “Swan Lake.”

Read the full article in The Korean Times here.

Tickets for UBC’s production of “Swan Lake” ranges from 10,000 won to 100,000 won. For more information, call 070-7124-1737 or visit www.unversalballet.com.