Korean National Ballet

Korean National Ballet, or KNB, was established in 1962 as the National Dance Company of Korea and 
spun off as Korean National Ballet in 1973. It became a foundation in 2000 and has since been making
itself known to the world.

During its 56 years of existence under the direction of seven artistic directors, from the first director, 
Lim Sungnam to the seventh and current director, Kang Suejin, 
KNB has been leading ballet in Korea through
its wide repertoire, has built a solid global network, 
established and run the affiliated Ballet Academy,
and is proactively reaching out to the public
and putting on more regional performances.

Under the leadership of its 7th artistic director, Kang Suejin, 
who assumed the position in 2014, KNB has presented 
the Korean premieres of Uwe Scholz's < The Seventh Symphony > 
and Glen Tetley's < The Rite of Spring > in 2014,
John Cranko's < The Taming of the Shrew > in 2015,
George Balanchine's < Serenade > 
and Márcia Haydée's < Sleeping Beauty > in 2016,
Christian Spuck's < Anna Karenina > in 2017 and
the world premiere of a new < Mata Hari >
Renato Zanella specially created for the KNB in 2018.

Since 2015, the ballet company has also been promoting 
creativity through the experimental, an initiative to identify 
new choreographers and repertoire.

Today, KNB is paying more attention to outreach programs 
and regional performances to bring culture to more people 
everywhere in the country. 
It also engages in a range of marketing and PR activities 
to raise international awareness of Korean ballet.

Korean National Ballet, or KNB, was established in 1962 as the National Dance Company of Korea and spun off as Korean National Ballet in 1973. It became a foundation in 2000 and has since been making itself known to the world.

During its 56 years of existence under the direction of seven artistic directors, from the first director, Lim Sungnam to the seventh and current director, Kang Suejin, KNB has been leading ballet in Korea through its wide repertoire, has built a solid global network, established and run the affiliated Ballet Academy, and is proactively reaching out to the public
and putting on more regional performances.

Under the leadership of its 7th artistic director, Kang Suejin, who assumed the position in 2014, KNB has presented the Korean premieres of Uwe Scholz's < The Seventh Symphony >
and Glen Tetley's < The Rite of Spring > in 2014, John Cranko's < The Taming of the Shrew > in 2015, George Balanchine's < Serenade > and Márcia Haydée's < Sleeping Beauty > in 2016, Christian Spuck's < Anna Karenina > in 2017 and the world premiere of a new < Mata Hari > Renato Zanella specially created for the KNB in 2018.

Since 2015, the ballet company has also been promoting creativity through the experimental, an initiative to identify new choreographers and repertoire. Today, KNB is paying more attention to outreach programs and regional performances to bring culture to more people everywhere in the country. It also engages in a range of marketing and PR activities to raise international awareness of Korean ballet.