Seoul Ballet Theater
"Line of Life"
The embassy of Korea sponsored this artistic event to mark 45 years of formal diplomatic relations between South Korea and Israel. For the festive occasion it brought over the Seoul Ballet Theater, a fine company which best portrays the modern, forward-moving image of South Korea.
Resident choreographer James Jeon opened with a several short works that showcased the company's versatile technique. The dancing was set to an array of musical sources ranging from Bach, Astor Piazzola, Afro and Brazilian, ending in contemporary Korean.
The well trained troop of 16 dancers easily convinced the audience that they could get away with the diverse show with their exceptional charm, vibrant vitality, impressive strength and sense of commitment to artistic and national goals.
Unusual sensitivity was present in a touching work by guest choreographer Young-Soon Hue. Hue composed the dance for the Israeli audience as an act of good will and set it to Hebrew and Ladino songs arranged by Sylvie Sybian.
In keeping with the artistic spirit of the Seoul Ballet Theater, it captured the right mood, but relied on the comfort of strong modernistic technique, rather than emulating Israeli folk dance.
The artistic message of the Seoul Ballet may not be groundbreaking, but it deserves respect for its unique, spirited voice.