Associazione Culturale e Musicale “Aldebaran"
Via Pirandello n. 35 – 98039 Taormina
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Presidente: Antonio Lombardo
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Wonderful evenings in August between music and dance organized by the Aldebaran association this season. The "Taormina Opera Stars", on August 18th will inaugurate the 2019 Festival, now in its fifth edition, presenting a classical ballet on the stage of the Ancient Theater: "Song of the Mermaid", loosely based on the fascinating fairy tale of Hans Christian Andersen's “Little Mermaid”. On stage at the Ancient Theater "K-Arts", the most important Korean company, applauded in theaters all around the world from the "Kennedy Center" in New York to the theaters of San Francisco, Tokyo, Beijing, Paris and London. The show, for the first time in Italy, will be a national exclusive in Taormina. Divided into two acts, with colorful costumes and spectacular choreographies, it will narrate the story of the Little Mermaid in a moving love story suitable for children and adults.
After saving his life during a storm, the Little Mermaid falls madly in love with the Prince. Later that evening, all of the sea creatures and mermaids come together at the King's palace to celebrate the joyous and mysterious festival of the sea. However, the Little Mermaid, still enchanted by her encounter with the Prince, leaves the festivities to be alone. She wanders into a secret room filled with human objects; fascinated and yearning to see the Prince again. When the King catches her, he forbids her actions and demands that she forget about humans and the Prince. The little mermaid, already hopelessly in love, seeks aid from the evil Blanket Octopus. She agrees to exchange her voice for legs, and to give her life if she cannot make the Prince fall in love with her.
After becoming human, the Little Mermaid meets the Prince and they fall in love. As the Prince is about to confess his love for her, the Blanket Octopus appears and uses its magical powers to marry the Prince off to a Princess from a neighboring country. The heartbroken Little Mermaid cries, her tears falling into the ocean. Having failed to make the Prince fall in love with her, the Blanket Octopus demands the Little Mermaid's life.
The other mermaids, knowing that their hair is coveted by the Blanket Octopus, cut off their hair and trade it for a magic knife. The mermaids give the magic knife to the Little Mermaid and tell her to kill the Prince so that she can live. The Little Mermaid refuses to kill the Prince, even if it means losing her own life.
Artistic Director & Choreographer
As an artistic director, choreographer, scholar, and dance educator,
Kim Sun-Hee has established herself as a prominent figure in the history of Korean ballet. Kim Sun-Hee graduated from Ewha Womans University in Seoul and MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in New York City. Kim worked as a dancer and teacher at various companies and institutions in Seoul and New York. She then moved to Saint Petersburg, Russia to further train herself in classical ballet. There, she completed the renowned Vaganova Teacher Training Program. Kim was the first Korean ever to study classical ballet in Russia and, given the fact that there was not even official diplomatic relations between the two countries at that time, her study abroad played a major role in the development of Korean ballet.
Kim is currently a dean of the School of Dance at the Korean National University of Arts (K-Arts). She has dedicated herself to training gifted students as well as choreographing her original
dance pieces. Her students have won awards from numerous ballet competitions around the world such as Prix de Lausanne, IBC Varna, Moscow International Ballet Com-petition, VKIBC, Vaganova-Prix, Jackson International Competition, Youth America Grand Prix, Helsinki International Ballet Competition, Russian Open Ballet Competition-Arabesque, Premio Roma Danza and Sicily Barocca. Kim’s students have performed for and worked as principals with the world’s top ballet companies such as ABT, Mariinsky, Paris Opera Ballet, Dutch National, Finnish National, among others. Kim is proud to have contributed to creating a tradition of classical ballet in Korea. Kim now believes that her responsibility lies in promoting the excellence of her country’s young dancers worldwide.
K' ARTS (Korea National University of Arts)
Korea National University of Arts (also known as K-ARTS or 'KNUA) is a national university in Seoul, South Korea. Korea National University of Arts was established in 1993 by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Korea as the only national university of arts with an aim to serve as a leading institution which cultivates artists. It has 26 departments in six schools: Schools of Music, Drama, Film TV & Multimedia, Dance, Visual Arts, and Korean Traditional Arts.
Korea National University of Arts was established by law in 1993. In 1990, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Korea announced a 'Ten-Year Project for the Cultural Development,' and the foundation of a national arts institution was the crucial provision of this project. Until the early 1980s, in Korea, there was no specialized university that devoted its entire curriculum to artistic endeavors. Therefore, many budding artists who wanted to continue their artistic search through professional trainings went abroad. The announcement of the foundation of the national university of arts in 1993 was thus the revelation and manifestation of artistic prosperity in Korea. It is the only national university in Asia dedicated exclusively to preparing talented young artists for the professions of all artistic genres. Korea National University of Arts encompasses all disciplines of arts including music, dance, theatre, film, TV, animation, fine art, design, architecture, and Korean traditional arts.
The university consists of six independent but correlative schools: the School of Music, the School of Drama, the School of Film, TV & Multimedia, the School of Dance, the School of Visual Arts, and the School of Korean Traditional Arts. K-ARTS offers bachelor's and master's degree program while providing pre-school training program for promising young students. As of 2003, students enrolled in K-ARTS are about 2600, and more than 730 professors and lecturers are teaching in the newest studios and classrooms.