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Celebrating 27 years of breathtakingly beautiful performances

Based in Seoul, Korea with dancers and staff from more than a dozen countries throughout Europe, the US and Asia, Universal Ballet embodies the blending of the grace and harmony of Asian thought and culture with the strength and beauty of western classical ballet. Dedicated to preserving the rich tradition of European classical ballet and at the same time following the trends in contemporary choreography, the company continues to be the leading force of ballet in Korea. Since its founding in 1984, the company, now led by General Director Julia Moon and Artistic Director Brian Yoo, has steadily gained fame and recognition.

Performing both at home in Korea and abroad, the 70 dancers in Universal Ballet present well known full-length classical ballets such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Giselle and La Bayad챔re, as well as contemporary masterpieces such as Wiiliam Forsythe셲 In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, Jiri Kylian셲 PETITE MORT and SECHS T횆NZE, Hans van Manen셲 Black Cake, Nacho Duato셲 Na Floresta and Duende, Heinz Spoerli셲 All Shall Be, Christopher Wheeldon셲 Variations Serieuses and Ohad Naharin셲 Minus-7. In 2009, during their 25th anniversary season, Universal Ballet added John Cranko셲 dramatic ballet, Onegin to the repertory.

Universal Ballet owes its progress and success to a number of people who have invested in the company during its formative years. These include four American directors: founding Artistic Director Adrienne Dellas, and subsequent directors Daniel Levins, Roy Tobias and Bruce Steival. Universal Ballet inherited much of the rich ballet tradition of St. Petersburg between 1998 and 2007, while under the leadership of Oleg Vinogradov, former Artistic Director of the Kirov Ballet in St. Petersburg. Mr. Vinogradov now serves as Artistic Director Emeritus for the company.

The company has won high praise for its success in combining Korean folklore with classical ballet in Shim Chung, and has presented this moving story of daughterly devotion worldwide. More recently, two additional Korean works, The Love of Chunhyang and Ballet Musical Shim Chung have been added to the company셲 repertory.

뼧 2012
This is Modern in Tokyo and Taipei
Swan Lake in Johannesburg (Joburg Theater)
Shim Chung in Moscow (Stanislavsky Theatre) and in Paris (Le Palais des Congr챔s de Paris)
뼧 2011
Shim Chung in Taipei (The National Theater), Singapore (The Esplanade), San Francisco (The War Memorial Opera House), Vancouver (The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Art) and Muscat (Grand Opening Festival of The Royal Opera House, Muscat)
Giselle in Tokyo, Yokosuka and Ichikawa in Japan.
뼧 2010
Contemporary works at the 8th International Bodrum Ballet Festival, Turkey
Shim Chung in 4 cities Tokyo, Nagoya, Kobe and Hiroshima, Japan
뼧 2009
21 performances of the Nutcracker at the Badminton Theater in Athens, Greece.
뼧 2006
The Nutcracker tour to the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
뼧 2006
Shim Chung in 11 cities in Japan.
뼧 2004
US tour to N.Y. (Lincoln Center), L.A. (Kodak Theater) and San Francisco with Romeo and Juliet.
뼧 2003
Shim Chung and Romeo and Juliet in Paris, Cannes and Tours in France.
뼧 2002
Swan Lake and the Nutcracker in Thessaloniki, Volos and Veria, Greece.
뼧 2001
La Bayadere and Shim Chung in 3 major US Opera Houses: Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and LA Music Center.
뼧 2000
Sleeping Beauty and Shim Chung for five weeks in the US and Canada.
뼧 2000
Swan Lake, Don Quixote and Giselle in six European countries:
Engliand (The Sadlers Wells Theatre), Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Austria and Greece.
뼧 1999
Swan Lake and Giselle in Italy, Spain and Hungary.
뼧 1998
Shim Chung and Swan Lake in the US and Canada.