The dancer Sue Jin Kang She has been the professional chosen in 2022 to send a message on International Dance Day, which is celebrated this Friday, April 29, and which has focused on the situation of this sector during the pandemic. “Covid-19 has restricted and even blocked the art of dance in its original form“, he denounced.
International Dance Day is celebrated on April 29, since it was established in 1982 by the International Dance Committee of the International Theater Institute (ITI)in commemoration of the date of birth (in 1727) of Jean-Georges Noverre, dancer and teacher considered the creator of modern ballet.
Every year the ITI commissions a well-known personality from the world of dance the writing of a message with the aim of uniting all the dances on this dayto celebrate this art form and show its universality.
In this 2022 edition, the chosen one has been the director of the National Ballet of Korea, Sue Jin Kang (Seoul, 1967), who in her message has lamented that “the Covid-19 catastrophe” has “Stopped free life as I knew it” humanity. As he explained, this episode has made him rethink “the meaning of ‘dance’ and ‘dancers’“.
“In a distant past, dance was a primary means of expression and communication through gestures, becoming a performing art that moved the soul and inspired the public. It is a momentary art that is difficult to restore in its original form once completed because it is created with the whole body and soul.“, has explained Kang.
In his opinion, “dance is made up of ephemeral moments, which predestines dancers to be in constant movement.” However, as he has pointed out, “Covid-19 has restricted and even blocked the art of dance in its original form.”
Kang has indicated that, “although the situation is improving”, dance shows “are still subject to many restrictions” which, as he has pointed out, makes him “treasuring the precious memories of times when dance and dancers shone like jewels and lit up the world, conveying human anguish and anxiety, the will and hope to live“.
“It is important to remember that in one of the different aftershocks of the Black Death that emerged in medieval Europe, on June 28, 1841, the ballet ‘Giselle’, which represents love beyond death, premiered at the Paris Opera. , and received an explosive response,” he said. “Since then, ‘Giselle’ has been performed across Europe and around the world to comfort and uplift the souls of humanity ravaged by the pandemic.” has added.
Kang believes that the “lonely and tired public” is “thirsty for the sympathy and comfort of the dancers” and, therefore, calls on them to “flap” their wings to give “hope to the hearts of those who love art dance” and give “courage to overcome this pandemic”. “My heart is already beating“He concludes his message.