Kim Ki-min promoted to principal dancer at Russia’s Mariinsky Ballet Company

Korean dancer Kim Ki-min, 23, the first Asian male to join Russia’s famous Mariinsky Ballet Company in 2011, has been promoted to principal dancer

Kim was promoted along with male soloist Timur Askerov.

“They (Kim and Timur Askerov) have embraced not just the technical elements but also the style of Mariinsky Theater productions,” the company said on its web page. “Their repertoires include many lead roles, and now their leading positions in the company have been formally confirmed.”

Kim’s elevation marks a milestone in the St. Petersburg-based company, which rarely admits foreign dancers.

Since debuting in 2009 at age 16, Kim has been recognized as a ballet prodigy, winning a slew of honors at competitions worldwide, including gold medals at the Seoul International Dance Competition in 2008 and the International Ballet Competition in 2010 in Varna, Bulgaria

Kim is scheduled to perform the role of Solor in the classical ballet piece “La Bayadere” in June as a guest artist with the American Ballet Theater at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.

Korean food app to showcase at LA Times book fair

The Korea Foundation, a government affiliate organization that aims to promote Korean culture abroad, will launch a smartphone application introducing Korean dishes and an electronic book featuring traditional Korean culture at a book festival in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books will be held April 18-19 at the University of Southern California

The foundation said visitors who download the application, titled “Korean Food Guide 800,” at the Korea booth will be given souvenirs. The app, registered on Apple’s iTunes and Google Play, is free.

The Korea Foundation, which has been taking part in the fair since 2012, said it would display 37 videos and books related to Korean culture.

SOURCE: The Korea Times