This screening repeats one of the events held in “Korea House” – the KCC’s and KTO’s home base for the Edinburgh Festival in 2022 – in which performances recorded at Seoul Arts Centre were screened for visitors. The ballet Shim Chung, to music by Kevin Barber Pickard, has been running for over 30 years. You can find a review of a 2001 performance in New York here, and to give you an idea what to expect here’s a video with some extracts of the ballet:
Screening: Shim Chung by Universal Ballet Company
Shim Chung is a ballet based on the Korean folktale about a daughter whose name is in the title. She throws herself into the sea in the hope of restoring her blind father’s sight. By the grace of Jade Emperor, she is sent back to the world from a lotus flower and reunites with her father.
Debuted in 1986, Shim Chung is considered one of the Universal Ballet Company’s best works in its repertoire. The neoclassical choreography is the work of the company’s first artistic director, Adrienne Dellas. To date, the production has been performed in 40 cities across 15 countries and continues to refine the production through revisions of the choreography, staging and costumes.
Join us for this special screening of the very best of Korean ballet at the Korean Cultural Centre.