Message from Ambassador Yoon Lee of the Republic of Korea at the performance of Swan Lake
17 March 2012
It is a wonderful pleasure to introduce the Universal Ballet of Korea, whch was founded in Seoul in 1984 and has been known as the most prestigious professional ballet company in Korea. This outstanding troupe is performing in South Africa for the first time, especially at this time, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Korea and the Republic of South Africa.
As we are currently witnessing, the co-operative relationship between our two countries has grown remarkably since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1992. It is also encouraging to see various cultural and grass root level people-to-people exchanges happening in every field in our countries' relations. Through these endeavors, I anticipate the fostering of closer ties between our two countries and the deepening of heart to heart friendships between our two people.
The Universal Ballet performs a repertoire that strives to embody the beauty of classical ballet while focusing, among others, on blending Asiatic ideals and elegance. Today, the Universal Ballet will perform the most beloved of all classical ballets, Tchaikosky's "Swan Lake", gracefully touched and refined by the minds of the Korean artists.
As the ballet troupe's motto says, I hope you experience "Heavenly Art Creating a World of Beauty."