Kimin Kim of the Mariinsky will perform at City Center October 20 and 21 with K’Arts Ballet of Korea in Song of the Mermaid, a fantasy ballet choreographed by SunHee Kim. Tickets are on sale at City Center ranging from $25 to $95. The ballet is inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s tale The Little Mermaid. “After tragedy strikes his ship, a prince finds himself drifting beneath the ocean waves. Saved by a beautiful mermaid, he finds himself at the center of a fantastical aquatic festival. The noble mermaid soon finds herself enamored with the prince, only to have their love forbidden by the king of the ocean. To fulfill their romance, she must make a dangerous wager with an occultist.” The work premiered as a lyrical pas de deux in 1997 and adapted as a full length story ballet in 2001. In addition to Kimin, the work will feature 40 dancers and an original score by Hana Ryou.
Kimin was distinguished in American Ballet Theatre’s La Bayadére in May with a powerful stage presence, high leaps, and effortless turns (click for my review). Should be an interesting performance.