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Ruochen Wang

I have the privilege of interviewing different participants of the MOVES – Ballett Theater Basel & Seoul Ballet Theatre Cultural exchange Project. „Snip Shot“ by Richard Wherlock and „Voice in the Wind“ by James Jeon, two works created for two unique occasions: the 20th anniversary of Seoul Ballet Theatre in 2015 and the 15th anniversary of Richard Wherlock at the helm of Ballett Basel in 2016. James Jeon, after a career in the United States, became a founding member, along with his spouse In-hee Kim, of a cutting edge Korean Ballet company in Seoul in 1995. On the other-side, Richard Wherlock, with a sophisticated, prolific and international career is directing Ballett Theater Basel for 15 years. The project began with the desire to enrich their company’s artistic experiences and to provide valuable cultural input. Since 2012, after several educational exchanges and development, this relationship has expanded into an exciting choreographic production that was performed last September in Seoul and recently in Basel.

I present to you, RUOCHEN WANG, a Chinese dancer with  Ballett Theater Basel.


Before arriving to Korea, and knowing you will go, what were your thoughts?

For me it was an exciting time of course because I was going back to Asia! I thought about the food and the warm air. In a way it was like going back home. I also knew my family would come from China to Korea to see me perform. I looked forward to that moment.

The benefits of a cultural exchange?

Because dance is a very international art form, I think it is important for artists to see what is happening all over the world. What the level is like. Learn about new styles. It also makes us appreciate what we are doing. Their is more to this world then just what we know. In a way it is very educational and it opened my eyes.

Favorite Korean dish?

Gamja Tang (Korean Pork Bone Soup)


A surprise? or something you didn’t expect?

I was surprised by the culture. Korean people and Chinese people have a lot of similarities, but I felt the Korean people maintain a high level of traditional standards much more than us ( Chinese people). I noticed in their respect and manners. I was surprised, because I thought China was already at a high level.

A moment you remember the most?

The hospitality of the Korean people is something I will remember the most. They happily satisfied what ever we needed. We felt so easy in a different culture because of that.

Favorite attraction?

Dongdaemun Design Plaza


A major cultural difference?

In Europe everyone is more of an individual. I felt the Korean had one leader one thought and they believe what the leader says. I feel in Europe we can express ourselves more.

Something the audience does not know about you?

As a Chinese dancer I am working really hard to make it in Europe and follow my heart. I appreciate everything around me. I like to experience new things. I like adventure.


Thank you Ruochen for participating!

MOVES – Seoul Ballet Theatre & Ballett Theater Basel
2nd April, 7pm & 3rd April, 6pm
15th anniversary of Richard Wherlock at the helm of Ballett Basel
Theater Basel
MOVES – Switzerland-Korea Cultural Exchange Project 2015 / 2016
International Affairs & Partnerships:
O performing arts consulting
Philippe Olza



By |2016-10-17T13:28:50+02:00April 7th, 2016|MOVES, Spotlight|

About the Author:

Armando Braswell
Armando Braswell is a professional dancer and teacher from New York City. After receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance from The Juilliard School in 2006, Armando danced with Ballet Theater Munich, Gauthier Dance Stuttgart and just recently completed his final season as a soloist with Ballett Theater Basel. Aside from his dancing career, Armando has established himself as a guest teacher in high demand, teaching amateurs and professionals worldwide, and has also choreographed for many stages throughout Europe as well as for television. In addition to his artistic activities, Armando is also active in the journalistic field. His popular arts blog, "Interview En L'air", has become widely known in the international dance scene and earned him a place at "Dance For You Magazine” as a permanent correspondent. In 2015, Armando began to build an arts community in Basel where dancers of all levels and all body types could train in a supportive and professional environment. This idea has since expanded and in 2017, he and his wife Lisa founded the “Braswell Arts Center” – a space for innovation and collaboration in all art forms located in Basel, Switzerland.

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