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Korean choreographer reflects on teaching ballet to Big Issue vendors in Seoul

 Surprise - Switzerland 16 May 2019

As the founder of Seoul Ballet Theatre, choreographer James Jeon knows a thing or two about the benefits of ballet. In the South Korean capital, he embarked on a project to teach homeless vendors with The Big Issue Koreas basic ballet skills. The classes increased vendors’ posture, discipline and confidence, and was also filmed as part of a popular documentary. Jeon recently moved Switzerland on a cultural exchange programme to teach at the Basel Theatre. He spoke to Swiss street paper Surprise about instructing vendors to plié and chassé. (1159 Words) - By Samuel Schläfli

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South Korean choreographer James Jeon believes the ballet should be accessible to everyone. That’s why he opens his Seoul Ballet Theatre to homeless vendors from The Big Issue Korea every Sunday. Credit: Lucian Hunziker

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South Korean choreographer James Jeon believes the ballet should be accessible to everyone. That’s why he opens his Seoul Ballet Theatre to homeless vendors from The Big Issue Korea every Sunday. Credit: Lucian Hunziker

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South Korean choreographer James Jeon believes the ballet should be accessible to everyone. That’s why he opens his Seoul Ballet Theatre to homeless vendors from The Big Issue Korea every Sunday. Credits: Lucian Hunziker

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South Korean choreographer James Jeon believes the ballet should be accessible to everyone. That’s why he opens his Seoul Ballet Theatre to homeless vendors from The Big Issue Korea every Sunday. Credit: Lucian Hunziker


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