At the Mariinsky, despite and perhaps due to the big title of a premier, Kimin now continues to work hard on each role. "While preparing a performance, I research everything - the ballet itself, the life of the composer, the story behind this particular music." Kimin mentions Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, and Chopin among his favorites. "It helps me to understand my role. I always sit and study for hours, I brood and contemplate a lot so that my friends even laugh at me. I listen to music all the time, because without music, ballet is unimaginable. Also, I write in my journal every day – how do you say, keep a diary? - yes, right, I write down all the important thoughts that cross my mind. Later I might read them and," he ironically imitates a facepalm, "I might throw it away, but I still must write it down. For me, this is very useful".
Besides St. Petersburg, Kimin has been invited to dance with many world-famous companies - the American Ballet Theater, the Paris Opera, the Vienna Opera, and many others. The better you dance, the bigger engagements you have, but so is the responsibility. The life of a sought-after dancer is one never-ending tour: St Petersburg, America, Japan, Vladivostok, South Korea. Sometimes Kimin spends at home - and Petersburg has already become his home - just a few days every couple of months. He misses his home, his friends, and he enjoying visiting his family and friends back in South Korea. "Vika Tereshkina, for instance, does not like being on tour very much, because she has a little daughter, a family to attend to. For the time being, I am quite unbound, family-wise, and I am grateful for every opportunity which the theater gives me to perform on a new stage. I love to travel and see the world. For example, while I was performing in the USA, I got to meet Twyla Tharp. I was really eager to dance her ballet. We have negotiated for a while, and now I am rehearsing Push Comes to Shove at the Mariinsky Theater. I'm very excited".
The brilliant premiere of Push Comes to Shove took place on March 21 at the opening of the 18th Mariinsky International Ballet Festival. It demonstrated that Kimin, a "flying genius", a "gravity-defying dancer," was capable of dazzling his audience not only in classical ballet but also in jazzy, cheeky, contemporary ballet works. During the Stars of the White Nights, on May 28 and 30, Kimin Kim will dance her favorite ballet The Legend of Love with Victoria Tereshkina, two performances under Valery Gergiev which are likely to be filmed. Moreover, Kimin's gala concert is scheduled for June 16, and we are positive that the dancer will enchant and surprise us again.