‘Art transcends race’: Paris Opera Ballet’s first Asian etoile ballerina

Publication date 17 October 2021 | 20:06 | ICT

When Park Sae-eun auditioned for the world’s oldest ballet institution, her Paris hotel room was so small she could not fully stretch her legs.



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